Temple City HS alum Jimmy Conrad made the US World Cup team. Read about it here
Since I am also a Temple City grad (barely), I am quite happy about seeing a fellow Ram and friend have success like this.
It’s kind of funny, but the school honored its “50 most celebrated graduates” a couple of years back, and I don’t think Jimmy made the cut along with quite a few others who should have. I am not 100 percent sure about this, but I do know there were some very big names missing on the list. And no, I am not saying I should have been on the list. Of course, I think I was automatically disqualified for NOT being a teacher in the district.
Actually, Jimmy and I were semi-friends. He hung out with a group of friends who hung out with my group of friends. At parties, while most other people were getting “loaded”, I can remember Jimmy and I playing one-on-one basketball. Our friends partied at the same house for about a month during one summer. Anyway, Jimmy and I balled instead of doing the other party activities. At the time, Jimmy wasn’t even considered a legit D-1 soccer player. But he walked on at UCLA, won a national title, plays professionally and now made the US World Cup team. Pretty impressive … I do a local cable access TV show, so I’m not sweating it either.
About the pick-up hoops games, I was actually a decent player for my weight. But I had other ambitions. And Jimmy really wasn’t a basketball player so much as he was a natural athlete. Point being that I just wanted to be in the action and he wanted to be the action.
Good for him and now I have even more reason to watch US World Cup soccer games at all hours of the day!