Bill O’Dowd (’87) – Basketball
Bill came to Columbus as a 6-foot tall freshman, who had played just one year of basketball. Over his four years, he grew from a six-foot bench warmer on the freshman team to a 7-foot First Team All-Dade center. He finished second in the county in scoring – and only lost out on the Dade scoring title in the last week of the season.
Bill was a legend in the classroom as well. The valedictorian of the Class of 1987, Bill was a National Merit Finalist and a Harvard Book Award winner. The Miami Herald named him the top Male Student Athlete in Dade County. In addition, he was named winner of the Golden Scroll Award – a national award that recognizes the top male student in the state of Florida.
Bill realized his goal of attending a Jesuit school when he received a basketball scholarship to Creighton University. During his 4 years on the basketball team, the Blue Jays won two Missouri Valley Conference championships and played in two N-C-A-A tournaments and one N-I-T.
Like he did at Columbus, Bill also distinguished himself in the Creighton classroom. He earned his undergraduate degree in just three years – earning that degree in two majors – math and history. His college G-P-A was 4.0.
Bill’s performance in the classroom was recognized by USA Today. Bill was the only athlete named to the 20-member USA Today Academic All-American Team.
While playing his senior season of basketball at Creighton, Bill earned his master’s degree in Modern European History.
Bill graduated from Harvard Law School and, in 1996, he founded Dolphin Entertainment – a television studio that produces children’s shows for such networks as Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. Today, Dolphin Entertainment is the largest independent children’s television production studio in the United States.
Bill currently sits on the Columbus High Board of Advisors.