Was a versatile athlete at Ruston High School before going on to Tech to succeed in three different sports. In baseball, he split time between third base, shortstop and first base while also finding time to pitch. In football, he contributed immensely to the team as a blocker, runner, pass receiver and defender. He was an outstanding "one on one" tackler and was known for her hard-hitting stops. As a senior for the Bulldogs in 1935, he quarterbacked the team to a record of 10-1. Thigpen also participated in basketball by the time his collegiate career had ended, he had totaled nine varsity letters in three different sports. In 1979, the Jack Thigpen Mechanical Engineering Scholarship was established in his honor by mechanical engineering alumni.