From under the influence to positive influence, John Houston has come full circle in Renton
It’s March 17, 1972, and 9,000 screaming fans pack the UW’s Hec Edmundson Pavilion to cheer for John Houston and the Hazen basketball team. In the raucous atmosphere, the Highlanders pulled off one of the state’s greatest upsets, beating the heavily favored, and previously undefeated, Mercer Island team and advancing to the state title game. As the fans went crazy and the team celebrated, this was a time to bask in the win for Houston. Take it all in, enjoy himself. Still, something in the back of Houston’s mind nagged at him. In fact, in this moment of victory, he couldn’t wait to get away.