In Honor of Mr. Glenn Young ‘59
The ‘Iolani Prep Classic, one of the nation’s premier high school basketball tournaments, was the brainchild of Glenn Young ’59 after his talented 1982-83 ‘Iolani Raiders squad had a humbling tournament experience in Las Vegas. After returning, he began plans to bring top mainland teams to Hawai’i to expose local players and coaches to the kind of competition that ‘Iolani faced in Nevada.
A steady stream of elite high school teams to the ‘Iolani Prep Classic began in 1983 with West Philadelphia. It went on to include well-known programs such as: Oak Hill, St. Anthony’s, Fairfax, Montrose Christian, Flint Hill Prep, Rice (N.Y.), DeMatha, Findlay Prep, Montverde, and many others. It didn’t take long for Glenn Young’s idea to take shape quickly and become a can’t-miss holiday event that has the attention of avid high school basketball fans throughout the country. The tournament has also gone worldwide with its impact, including teams from China, Germany, Italy and Japan in ‘Iolani Prep Classic fields through the years.
With the assistance of his family and the ‘Iolani community, Glenn Young shepherded the ‘Iolani Prep Classic, which added the girls tournament in 2007, for over 30 years. From coordinating transportation, food and staffing, to setting the brackets and publishing the program, he was involved in all aspects of one of the most illustrious tournaments in the United States.
A member of ‘Iolani School’s Class of 1959, Glenn Young also coached football at his alma mater, where he spent 43 years as a teacher and department head. He passed away on Nov. 12, 2015, at the age of 73, but not before becoming a friend and mentor for many at ‘Iolani School, and making a lasting impact in the Hawai‘i basketball community and beyond.