|A graduate of
the class of 2009 Thomas Bowman was an outstanding Flip linebacker who
distinguished himself both athletically and academically during
his years in the Viking program. His accomplishments on the defensive
side of the ball are best demonstrated by the fact that he is one of
only three players in Viking history to score at least one point in
every single defensive point category. The other two players are Pat
Kelly and former University of Arizona great Jarvie Worcester. Thomas
was able to score points in the tackle, assisted tackle, sack, hurry,
interception, break up, caused fumble, recovered fumble, blocked kick
and touch down categories. As a junior Thomas played a key role in the
success of a very strong La Jolla defense that allowed the Vikings to make
a deep run in the CIF playoffs. That season Thomas scored 138 total
defensive points that included 26 original tackles 11 assisted tackles,
two sacks, one hurry, two breakups, one caused fumble, a team leading
four recovered fumbles and one blocked kick. In 2007 Thomas was
recognized as Player of the Game for his 29 point effort in a hard
fought 10-7 win against Lincoln High School and a 29 point effort
against Hoover High School.
Thomas followed up on his exceptional junior year with a team leading 234 defensive points that saw him record 68 total tackles with 49 of those being unassisted. He recorded three sacks, a team leading six hurries, two interceptions, two break ups, a team leading three recovered fumbles and one touchdown. His defensive touchdown sealed a first ever 19-7 win against Santa Fe Christian. Thomas received Player of the Game honors for his outstanding 31 point defensive performance that day. In all he recorded five unassisted tackles, three assisted tackles, one hurry, one interception and one touchdown. His senior season Thomas also received Player of the Game honors for his outstanding performances against San Diego High School, Saint Augustine High School, Serra High School and Point Loma High School. For his entire Viking career Thomas scored 372 total defensive points and this mark ranks him 10th all-time for linebackers in Viking history.
Thomas earned numerous post season honors during his Viking career. In 2007 he was an honorable mention All-League selection and he also won the Most Improved Defensive Player award. In addition he was named to the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic team. In 2008 Thomas was named to the Second Team All-Western League Defensive Team and selected Team Captain. He also received the Defensive Coaches Award for his outstanding play his senior season. In addition he was again named to the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team with a 3.81 GPA.
Thomas went on to study and graduate from the University of Washington where he received a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in History. While studying at Washington Thomas was Co-President / Founder of the One Campaign Challenge Club and a Student Leader with University Ministries. Along with his love for football Thomas has always had a great passion for the sport of lacrosse. Notwithstanding his busy college schedule he also found time to play on the University of Washington club lacrosse team and in 2013 he served as the Junior Varsity lacrosse head coach at Roosevelt High School in Seattle.
Thomas' love for the people in his life has always been manifested in his concern for others and in his work with local church groups and ministries. Thomas has made volunteer trips to Honduras, Russia and the Dominican Republic to support local ministries through building construction and instruction in English. He also did an internship with a college ministry called The House that focuses on students that attend the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. During his ten months in Chattanooga Thomas managed to create and inspire an entire community of people in that city. His work there required that he spend time with students in group and one on one settings discussing their relationship with Jesus and helping them grow in faith and pursuing a possible career in the ministry. His work included planning weekly events and evening worship services as well as planning a spring break mission trip and other retreats.
Thomas' passion for helping others was evident even before started his collegiate studies. During his high school years Thomas did extensive work as a Youth Coordinator for the La Jolla Presbyterian Church. In this role he led and developed summer programs for middle school and high school students. Here he increased student attendance and interaction by recruiting students from neighboring high schools to events and planning meetings. Thomas' work has always centered on serving the Lord, spreading love and having fun. This work addresses a very important role in the development of both emotional and moral intelligence. These are two types of intelligence that are often overlooked in our educational institutions but are just as important as the technical intelligence that class grades and standardized testing reflect.
In recognition of his outstanding play on the football field while playing at La Jolla High and in recognition of his genuine concern for his fellow human beings the Star Chamber is honored to name Thomas as the first member of the Secret Society Guest Chamber. His coaches and teammates will never forget his dedication to the Viking program and will always cherish the friendship and support that he has given us over the years.