June 25, 2023
Gary Horace Mann
Dr. Todd Clark played football at Horace Mann High School.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
He and his wife, Nancy had two sons, Tim and John.
In 1974, Dr. Todd became an IHSAA football official and joined the local officials' association. As a young official, he enjoyed the camaraderie at the local meetings but always felt the time could be better spent. Soon, he became a leader in the local group and immediately changed the meeting format from a local social gathering to some real official's training. The compulsory one-hour meetings are now focused on some aspect of the game and the presenters are from NCAA Division I, NFL and other leaders in high school football. Dr. Clark was instrumental in forming the Western Indiana Officials Association in 2003. The work done by Dr. Clark in the IFOA also remains the standard for what we see today in the football officials June clinic. Because of Dr. Clark's leadership in the WIOA, many other associations now incorporate guest speakers and focus more on officials' education in their meetings. Dr. Clark had an on-field professional career that spanned from 1974 until 2014, followed by several years as an IHSAA observer. During this time, he worked six IHSAA title games and was awarded the 2009 IHSAA Outstanding Game Official. His passion for football officiating excellence was only surpassed by his skill as a Veterinary Doctor. He began his private practice at Creekside eAnimal Hospital in 1982 and remained active in the clinic until his death.