Gene White was one of the original members of the 1954 Milan, Indiana championship basketball team that inspired the film Hoosiers.
At 5’11” White played center for the Milan Indians. White’s family owned a local feed store, and his mother sold some of the family’s chickens to fund a trip to Indianapolis for the state championship. White went on to attend Franklin College where he later taught mathematics and coached basketball. White also taught second-level algebra and calculus at Franklin Community High School.
Milan High School won the Indiana state basketball championship against Muncie Central High School in 1954, the victory being significant as Milan was the smallest town to win a state championship in the United States at that time. The 1986 film Hoosiers is based on the story of the 1954 Milan Team.