- Adam R. Hornbuckle
was born André Lamar Phillips in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The names of his parents are not recorded, but the family moved to San Jose, California when André was young. He grew up in Meadow Fair, a neighborhood in east San Jose and attended Silver Creek High School. As a high school track and field athlete, coached by Stan Dowell, he won the 300-meter low hurdles at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships in 1977. That year, Phillips graduated high school and entered San Jose City College. In 1978 he claimed the first of two consecutive California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Championship titles in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and finished second in the same event at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior National Championships. In 1979 Phillips also won the CCCAA title the 110 meter high hurdles Later that year at the AAU National Championships he recorded a personal ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.