Ray Torry was a vocal advocate for girls’ interscholastic sports when he held the dual position of Principal of Washington High School in Washington, Illinois and the superintendent for the Washington School System. In 1977, the girls’ basketball team at Washington High School placed second at the first girls’ state basketball tournament in Illinois. Coach Jan Smith's team was one of eight teams advancing to the first girls’ state basketball tournament in Illinois. The first championship tournament was at Horton Fieldhouse @ Illinois State University on April 1st and 2nd, 1977.
Interview Session (Audio)
See also, Ellyn Bartges interview which is part of the Family Memories Oral History Project.