ALBERT B. HOWE JR. ('39) -- 1996 Inductee --- four-year letterman in football and basketball. Member of Legion of Honor.
The very popular Al Howe is the first Kentucky high school player to ever be inducted into the LaRosa Hall of Fame. Al was a great performer at Newport High, playing three years as a football center and four seasons as a basketball forward. He captained the football team as a junior and senior and was the senior captain of the basketball team. He earned All-State honors as the team reached the Kentucky state finals.
Howe made the transition to college ball with ease. For four years, Al starred in both football and basketball at Xavier and started every game for three seasons.
As captain in his senior year, he led the Musketeers to a stunning 26-7 football upset over Kentucky. As a fitting climax to a superb career, he was the only 1939 recipient of Xavier's coveted "Legion of Honor" award.
Al served as the head football and basketball coached from 1946 until 1951. This was done without compensation after finishing work at regular job in an effort to get some name recognition for Newport Catholic High School. He held the best won-loss record (24-2) in basketball for 25 years.
He served four years in World War II in the China-Burma-India theater and coached the Air Service Command football team there.
In 1953 he was elected sheriff in Campbell County, and then again in 1969.