LaTonya Mechelle White

2012 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: Multiple Sports

Mother: Eddnora White
Father: Frazier White, Sr.
Daughter: Laiya

LaTonya grew up on the north side of Flint and attended Anderson and Brownell Elementary schools, Longfellow Jr. High and graduated from Flint Northern High School.

1988-89, members of the Flint Northern track team voted LaTonya as their team captain. LaTonya won the state meet in the shot put with a toss of 47.7 1/2 feet. She also won the state meet in the discus throw with a throw of 136.4 feet, making her a double winner in the Class A state track meet.

LaTonya made All-State honors, All-Valley and All City, plus she was a winner in the Badar and Mott relays. In the National Olympics in Annapolis, Maryland, LaTonya took second place in the shot put and sixth place in the Keebler Olympic in Illinois.

In LaTonya’s senior year she was invited to Argentina, but was unable to accept due to a previous obligation. She was prep player of the week two times during her senior year for basketball and track. LaTonya received a scholar athlete award from the U.S. Army recruitment agency.

In basketball, LaTonya was the Lady Vikings center and team captain for the 1988-89 school year. In LaTonya’s senior year, she had ten rebounds during the three overtimes of a Lady Vikings win, 69-62, over Flint Central.

LaTonya was recruited by the University of Washington, Dartmouth, Stanford and Georgetown.

LaTonya’s track coaches at Flint Northern were George Diedrick, Chris Thompson and Willie Taylor. Her basketball coach was Buddy Kumura.

LaTonya’s current occupation is a cosmetologist and a substitute teacher.