James A. "Jim" Thompson, Jr.

Contest Official
Inducted 1994

Jim Thompson has officiated baseball, basketball, football, softball and volleyball in a career that began when he first registered as a contest official with the Florida High School Activities Association in 1956.

Born in Macon, Ga., Thompson was raised in Florida and has lived the last 64 years in Vero Beach. A graduated of Vero Beach High School, he earned letters in basketball and baseball.

Thompson earned his undergraduate degree in economics at Mercer University in Macon, where he lettered for two years in baseball. Following his graduation, Thompson entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. After two years active duty, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve from which he retired in 1984 with the rank of Colonel.

In his 48-year association with the FHSAA, Thompson has been selected to work numerous playoff contests on all levels. He has worked nine FHSAA Baseball Finals, 12 FHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball Finals, six FHSAA Football Finals and one FHSAA Softball Finals. Thompson has also served as a clinician and presenter at FHSAA Officials Field Clinics and conferences. He has been instrumental in the formation of three officials associations in the Central Florida area.

Thompson also is actively involved on the national level. He served as president of the National Federation Interscholastic Officials Association during the 1988-89 school year. He also served on the National Federation Baseball Rules Committee for six years, was an original member of the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee, and was an original member of the Publications Committee of the National Federation Officials' Quarterly. Thompson received the National Federation Distinguished Service Award for Active Officials for Section 3 in 1990 and the National Federation Citation for Officials in 1992. He was inducted into the National Federational High School Hall of Fame.

Thompson and his wife of 50 years, Lois, have three children – David, Laura and Amy – and one grandchild, Leslie Ann.