As a nonwrestling physical education teacher, Joe Murphy gave 27 years to the sport he grew to admire and love. Of course that sport was wrestling.
Joe Murphy was responsible for directing, conducting the seeding meeting, and managing the scales for the first wrestling tournament ever held in the state of Maryland. The year was 1954 and the tournament was held at Northwestern High School. He would unselfishly continue in the same capacityto help the sport grow bigger and bigger for the next 26 years.
The Joe Murphy Award is presented to the senior who has scored the most team points in the P. G. County Tournament, proving his dedication and demonstrating the excellence to succeed, an award which Joe Murphy would like to have given in his name.
Joe Murphy was a football All-American at the University of Maryland. His photograph is on the front wall of Cole Field House.
1978 John Ong, Bowie
1979 Andy Stone, Bowie
1980 Robert McKinney and Jerome Proctor, Largo
1981 Kevin Hosey, Bowie
1982 Curt Scovel, Laurel
1983 Craig Whitaker, Largo
1984 Don Donahoe, DuVal
1985 Stanley Proctor,