2012 Torrington Hall of Fame Inductee # 5 Charlie Gunn.
Charlie Gunn is a 1937 graduate and one of Torrington High School’s most recognizable athletes.
He was a four year member and two time starter on the THS basketball team. He played his high school ball at a time that was known as the “Golden Era of Torrington High School Athletics” (jump ball after every basket).
During his high school career at Torrington High School, he established his reputation as a tenacious defender and rebounder.
In 1936, along with two-time All-American Gus Broberg and Captain Nick Fusco, Charlie was instrumental in leading the team to its second ever Naugatuck Valley League Championship in legendary THS coach Connie Donahue’s first season as coach.
In an era where game statistics were nonexistent, his peers will say that whenever you were picking a team, you began with Charlie Gunn.
Charlie continued his playing days in the Old Industrial Leagues in the 1940’s which was comparable to the semi-professional leagues of today.
During World War II, he served his country by enlisting in the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Caledonia attack cargo ship in the Pacific. On his return home from the service, he has spent his lifetime in support of Torrington High athletics as a participant, coach, and, for the past 75 years, the Raiders biggest fan.
Charlie is the patriarch of the Torrington High School sports family.
He has the distinction of being the oldest (and grandest) living Red Raider among us.