He twice led the Akron area in football scoring as a running back.
Harper was an All-Central Buckeye League basketball player, starring on the 1954-55 team that went 15-3 during the regular season.
Baseball was probably his best sport. He was a .400-plus hitter. He played center field, was a fine catcher and had a great throwing arm. Harper made a splash in tryouts with the Cleveland Indians.
“I was a very active follower of one participant in OHS athletics from 1950-63,” said Bob Knight in a letter of recommendation for Harper.
“During this time Warner harper was far and away the finest athlete to compete at Orrville High School.”
“He excelled in all three sports and was a tremendous competitor as well, one of the finest people I ever had a chance to play with at any level in sports.” Knight said.
Harper lettered four years in OHS football and served as co-captain his senior year; lettered three years in basketball, making All-Conference two years; and lettered for three years in baseball, trying out with Cleveland Indians
He and his wife Ruthie live in Wooster and have three children and two grandchildren. He is employed by Morton Salt in Rittman.