Henry Clark

1999 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee


Parents: Fred and Hazel Clark
Wife: Jane
Daughter: Carla
Son: Henry Jr.

Henry grew up on the north side of Flint. He attended Jefferson Elementary, Emerson Junior High and graduated from Flint Northern. He was also a graduate of Flint Junior College.

As a young boy growing up, Henry spent a lot of his time at Oak Knoll Park, located behind Jefferson Elementary School. Oak Knoll was renamed the Ophelia Bonner Park.

Henry was able to develop his skills in sports by playing with old timers, such as William Taylor, Ron Warren, John Sharp, Earl Bryant, Claude Carter, Fred Cook and his brother-in-law Sam Sanders.

Henry played under Coach Jack Marlette while at Northem. He never had much to say on or off the floor. However, when the game started he made his presence known, and gained respect from those who played with and against him.

At Flint Junior College he was named the Most Valuable Player in 1959 and 1960. Henry was also named twice to the Michigan J.C. Conference All Star Team. He ranked as Flint’s AA third highest scorer in history. In one season he scored 301 points and ranked 10th among the scorers in the 1961 City League.

In 52 City AA games he averaged 14.8 and scored 767 points. Henry scored 31 points, highest for both teams in the MRA Toumament. In the 1966 league he lead all scorers with a 22.7 average and 340 points. He was named most Valuable Player in AA City League by managers and officials twice in three years.

Henry retired in September of 1998 from the Regional Personnel Administration, and lives in Flint.

Henry, you have made your mark in Flint’s sports history.