Attorney John l. Pipa, Jr.

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John Pipa was an outstanding four-sport athlete at Mt. Carmel High School from 1914 to 1918. At Mt. Carmel he played football, baseball and competed on a club basis in track. He captained the football team in both his junior and senior years in High School.

He did not go on immediately to college, first serving a three-year stint in the US Army during World War I.

After being discharged, he enrolled at Dickinson College from where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in 1924. At Dickinson he captained the football and baseball teams and set records as a track and field star. His speed and power combined to make him a feared and powerful runner who led the Carlisle team to some of its best gridiron seasons. In 1922 John Pipa was named to the All American Squad by Walter Camp.

He was actively involved in other kinds of athletic activities…as a matter of fact, he held a record for the shortest time to ascend Mt. Washington that stood for many years. He was also the National Collegiate Arm Wrestling Champion while at Dickinson.

He enrolled in Dickinson Law School and received his degree in law in 1926. He returned to Shamokin and began to practice law; but his athletic career was not over. He played for several years for the Mt. Carmel entry in Anthracite Professional Football League. He was then convinced to leave to become Player coach of the Shenandoah Yellow Jackets.

After completing his athletic career Attorney Pipa became one of the leading trial lawyers in the State of Pennsylvania. He died in 1967.

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