Four-sport athlete Tom Carl Zyp graduated from Woodburn in 1964 and was inducted into high school HoF after passing of ALS in 2016

COURTESY OF JOHN THOMAS - Woodburn quarterback Tom Zyp (right) gave the Bulldogs a strong passing game in an era where ground-based offenses were the norm.Tom Carl Zyp, a member of the 1964 graduating class from Woodburn High School, has been inducted into the Woodburn High School Sports Hall of Fame. Tom was an incredible all-around four-sport athlete.

Tom is considered by many to possibly be one of the greatest all-around athletes from Woodburn High School. Tom was our football quarterback, basketball point guard, a runner on the track team and baseball shortstop and pitcher.

In some sports, he excelled to all-star status. He was an awesome 440 runner, often the leading scorer in basketball, a genius quarterback on the gridiron, and was the shortstop on the first Woodburn High School baseball team to reach the semifinals game in 1963. Tom always played with humility, never bragging or showing off and never thinking himself better than others.

After school, Zyp went to Pacific University and became a special education teacher in Hillsboro. He was always a kind, giving, selfless man, both in sports and in life. Tom was a major player in the success of Special Olympics in Hillsboro and Washington County.

COURTESY OF JOHN THOMAS - Zyp guided the Woodburn football team to the A-2 quarterfinals in his 1963 senior season, one of only three times the Bulldogs have advanced that far in the state bracket.Zyp was the most accomplished all-around athlete in spite of having diabetes from a young age, but it never slowed him down on the sports field. Finally, Zyp was unable to beat ALS, and passed on Sept. 1, 2016.

We as a class and as a high school now honor Tom with this award, one that he truly deserves. So many classmates, teachers and opposing players remember the athlete and the man that he was.

Congratulations, Tom, you truly have earned this honor. Members of our class and so many others will never forget him, and now Tom Zyp will be enshrined in the history of Woodburn High School.

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