JOLIET – John Wirt, Joliet East Class of 1981, now travels around the globe as a boxing promoter.
Wirt attended Cherry Hill, Haines, Bentley grade schools and continued on to Oakview Junior High prior to attending Joliet East High School. While at Joliet East, Wirt played lead in “West Side Story” and was a valued member of Kolage, choir and theater.
He was also actively involved as a mathlete, a wrestler, and cross-country runner. He was also captain of the JT East Swim Team.
After graduating from Joliet East, Wirt attended Knox College, and received a bachelor’s magna cum laude in PPE (philosophy, politics and economics). Afterwards, he received a CPA license and JD law degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois. In that time, Wirt became a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States.
He has had the opportunity of meeting many fascinating people while on the job.
For example, Wirt has met international leaders like the Prince Albert of Monaco, the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and Nelson Mandela of South Africa.
He also has met celebrities such as Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and Hayden Panettiere.