September 14, 2021

Hall of Fame Class of 2021 – Don Perry


The Ohio State Hall of Fame added 12 members last weekend at a dinner in the Covelli Center. The group, selected in 2020, was also honored at halftime of the Ohio State football game on Saturday.

Among the inductees was former Ohio State standout, Don Perry.

Don Perry was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 1952-55 and was Ohio State’s first All-American in 1954 after finishing fourth on trampoline at the national championships. Perry, who captained the Buckeye squad for three seasons, earned CGA All-America honors in 1954 and 1955 in tumbling. Perry competed internationally and placed fourth at the 1956 Pan-American Trials. He also was a member of the Buckeye track team for a year.

He received his master’s degree in physical education from Miami University and pursued a career as a teacher and high school coach for nearly 30 years. He has also returned to the Big Ten as a gymnastics judge and served as the President of both the Ohio and National High School Gymnastics Coaches associations.

Don Perry gives his induction speech.