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John Paul Jones

Meritorious ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Paul Jones, whose real first name is John, is not to be confused with the admiral of the same name nor with the Led Zeppelin bassist. This John Paul Jones was “Mr Sports” for more than forty years in the Beaver Area. 'Retired' at age 75 he was still active as a tennis instructor at St Petersburg, Florida. Paul was a star athlete in his younger days, particularly in football at Beaver High School and Franklin and Marshall College, but it was as a community recreation director for both children and adults that he is best known in the Beaver Area and throughout Beaver County. Just to keep busy, Paul was also active for many years as a referee of high school and college football games. His famous PJ’s Boys Baseball Team was well-known in the 1920s long before there was any such thing as Little League baseball. He also managed American Legion baseball, midget football and basketball, boys’ basketball on all age levels, intramural basketball, and the Beaver Out of School Youth (OSY) Basketball League. Paul also coached tennis for many years for both young people and adults and his tennis programs helped develop many outstanding players who later formed the nucleus for Beaver Area High School’s strong tennis teams after the sport was started there in the 1950s. The high school tennis courts now bear his name, as does the Beaver Basketeers annual Paul Jones Basketball Scholarship.