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Kean, William L. "Bill"

(born: 1899  -  died: 1958) 

While a student at Louisville Central High School, Kean was captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams. The 5' 7" athlete weighed 140 pounds when he played football at Howard University, where he also earned letters in three other sports. He was one of the school's first 4-letter athletes and in 1922 was named to the Negro All-American Football Team as a quarterback. As a coach, he directed the Louisville Central football team to a 225-45-12 record. As the basketball coach, he led the Louisville Central Yellow Jackets to wins in 857 of its 940 games. Kean was the son of Alice E. and William T. Kean, the maternal grandfather of NBA player Allen Houston,and a brother of Henry A. Kean, Sr. For more see The Encyclopedia of Louisville, ed. by J. E. Kleber.


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NKAA Entry: Louisville Central High School/Central High School Magnet Career Academy
NKAA Entry: Houston, Allan W., Jr.
NKAA Entry: Kean, Henry Arthur, Sr.
NKAA Source: Encyclopedia of Louisville

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