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Jordan (Turk) Eliades


Inducted February 21, 1991

Jordan "Turk" Eliades had duel interests in his 32 years at North High-- his football team and his mathematics classes, figuring that between the two, he had the best of both worlds as a high school teacher. After starting his coaching career at Shafter, where he produced 24 wins in three seasons, Eliades became North's football coach when that school opened its doors in 1953. Over the years, his teams became famous for strong line play and defense and he also opened up the passing game to offset the Stars' traditional lack of speed, Eliades, who grew up in McGill, NV and starred at Nevada-Reno as a blocking back for Marion Motlet, turned out eight league champions at North, including one Central Section title in the Sierra division, and shared two other titles, Eliades was a fighter pilot in World War II and was credited with shooting down four enemy planes before being shot down himself and spending more than a year as a German prisoner of war.