Ray Crowe” State Historical Marker – Will Be Dedicated in Whiteland, Indiana.

A new Indiana State historical marker commemorating esteemed basketball coach, educator, and politician Ray Crowe will be unveiled in the town of Whiteland on Friday, March 15, 2024.

The marker dedication will begin at 10:00 am at the southeast corner of the Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation Administration Building at 50 Center St., Whiteland, Indiana 46184. Parking for the program is available at the Administration Building and along nearby streets.

Alumni are invited and encouraged to attend the unveiling.

Trailblazing basketball coach Ray Crowe of Johnson County excelled at multiple sports at Whiteland High School and Indiana Central College in the 1930s before beginning a career in education. In 1950, he became head basketball coach at Indianapolis’s all-Black Crispus Attucks High School. Crowe led Attucks to the state finals four times, winning titles in 1955 and ’56. Crowe’s emphasis on

good sportsmanship and fast-paced, aggressive play helped Attucks become the first all-Black team to win the state championship and challenged pervasive racism.

 He served as athletic director at Attucks from 1957-1967. As a member of the Indiana House of Representatives (1967-1975), Crowe worked to make education more equitable and accessible.

 This is the first state historical marker in the town of Whiteland and one of five standing state historical markers in Johnson County.