John Marshall Strength Training History
JM Strength Training History
Lou Branca, a longtime football and baseball coach and member of
the J.M. Physical Education staff started the John Marshall Strength
Training Program in 1983. As a coach, Lou saw the need for John Marshall
to start a strength-training program to compete with the
ever-increasing programs that were starting to show up around the
metro-area, and the country. He also saw the benefits of strength
training, as lifelong fitness for all students at John Marshall.
When Lou retired in 1986 John Jacobs took over and brought in the
advent of computer programming, and was certified by the N.S.C.A. as a
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.A). John was also
a veteran teacher and coach in our district for many years. John
brought our program to a new level, and his contributions cannot be
In 1996 John Jacobs retired, and I have
been the strength training teacher ever since. I take great pride in
giving students an opportunity to set and accomplish goals, bring
self-esteem to a new level, and provide them with skills that will
enable them to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
am very grateful for the groundwork that these men have set for me here
at John Marshall High School. I am John Marshall alumni myself (1985),
and have had a pleasure to watch this program grow, first as a student,
and now as a teacher, and it has been a very rewarding experience.
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Strength Training Teacher
John Marshall High School