Former quarterback Zyp inducted into Woodburn Hall of Fame
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.
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.