Inducted 1993. All-Time Leading Scorer in Boys Basketball. Class of 1959.
Bill Kurz began his career as an athlete at QND in 1956. He started out on the Varsity Basketball team his freshman year, but missed the Regionals with a broken collarbone.
In 1957, his sophomore year, the Raiders finished 4th in the State. Bill was a 2nd team All-Tournament selection at the State Tourney.
He continued his fine play his junior year being selected his team’s MVP, First team All-State by the News Gazette, First team All-State and All-Southern by the Chicago Daily News, and was a Catholic All-American. His senior year he was again the team MVP, MVP of the Macomb Holiday Tourney, First team All-State News Gazette, First team All-State and All-Southern teams Chicago Daily News, and was Catholic All-American for the second straight year. He was also a starter on the QND Boys’ Golf team during his junior and senior years.
Bill scored 2110 career points and is still 63rd on the Illinois all-time career scorers. He was captain his senior year, and he was also Vice-President of his senior class. Bill went to Notre Dame University on a basketball scholarship, but transferred to St. Louis University after his freshman year. He was a 3 year starter at St. Louis University.
Bill was one of the early players to set the standards for successful basketball at QND for many years.