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Columbia City High School
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Columbia City, Indiana 46725


Bill Schwarz's Autobiography Benefits Whitley Co Historical Society

The journey of Bill Schwarz, Class of 1960 and inaugural Hall of Fame inductee*, has been very different from those who grew up in Columbia City & Whitley County.  Displaced by World War II, his family immigrated here in late 1951, sponsored by the local Lutheran Church.  When he entered West Ward school,  students were told little and understood even less about what he'd experienced before coming to Columbia City.

At the request of his daughter, Bill wrote his autobiography and generously shared it to benefit Whitley County Historical Society.  The book blends his personal journey with a historical perspective on how 
WW II affected his family & includes many personal photos. 

Click here for an order sheet.  Cost is $30 including postage.


*  Bill Schwarz – A 1960 CCHS Graduate where he participated in football, basketball, cross country, and track and field.  Bill was the all-time leading scorer in boys’ basketball from 1960 until 2020 and currently sits at #2 on the CCHS all-time scoring list.  Bill still holds basketball records in the following categories, career scoring average, career field goals made, points in a season, field goals made in a season, field goals made in a single game, and most point in a single game.  Bill was a 4-time basketball all-conference recipient and guided the Eagles to 2 basketball sectional titles.  Bill was also the recipient of the prestigious CCHS Honor Blanket and was named MVP of the 1960 Indiana-Ohio All-Star Game.


After graduation, Bill attended Michigan State University on a basketball scholarship and earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Honors along with receiving the sportsmanship award during his junior season.


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