Since his sophomore year at Portland High School, through his graduation from Fordham University, the name John Patrick "Giant" Conroy has been, both on and off the playing field, synonymous with true greatness. His nickname "Giant" symbolizes the esteem in which he was held by team mate and adversary alike. Not in any one of his eight years of schoolboy and college competition in football, basketball, baseball, or track did John Conroy fail to win some special honors. At Fordham University, under the coaching of the famous Major Frank Cavanaugh, he was the left end of the original, and legendary, seven blocks of granite, reknown as one of the greatest lines in all intercollegiate football history. Following his graduate from Fordham University, the spent one year as sub-master at Sherman, Maine, High School, as well as teaching, plus the coaching of basketball and baseball. Until entering the U.S. Air Force on August 8, 1942, "Giant" Conroy, with the rank of Captain, continued his teaching, and coaching at Portland High School until his retirement in June of 1973. During his forty years' association with the academic and sports fields, John Patrick "Giant" Conroy was an exemplary leader.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.