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Barnes , Emery
Emery Barnes was born December 15, 2929 in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a child his family moved him to Hermiston, Oregon where he lived until the family moved to Portland in 1943. He attended Portland's Jefferson High School where he was an outstanding all-around athlete participating in football, basketball and track & field. He was All-City and All-State in football as a defensive end. In 1948, he was the state high jump champion with a leap of 6 ft. 2.5 inches. After graduating from high school in 1949 he enrolled at the University of Oregon where he became a top football player and high jumper with the track team. Barnes lettered in football in 1950-52-53, and was an All-Pacific Coast Conference selection in 1952. During basketball season in 1952 he was enrolled at Portland State (Vanport) where he helpled the basketball team win the Oregon Collegiate Conference championship before returning to Oregon. He also served as a captain on the football team. Barnes' track exploits included a 1952 Pacific Coast Conference championship in the high jump with a leap of 6 ft. 5 7/8 in. and the same year he tied for the NCAA high jump championship with a jump of 6 ft. 8 in. along with Walter Davis of Texas A& M. His jumping also earned him a position on the 1952 U.S. Olympic Team as the first alternate. In 1954, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 18th round, 207th overall and finished his professional football career with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. In 1987, he was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Sports Hall of Fame.