Gil Thorp is a sports-oriented comic strip which has been published since September 8, The main character, Gil Thorp, is the athletic director of Milford High School and coaches the football, basketball, and baseball teams. In addition to the sports storylines, the strip also deals with issues facing teenagers such as teen pregnancy, steroids , and drug abuse. Berrill continued the strip until he died of cancer on March 14, Over the course of his 38 years, Berrill broke ground with many of his stories, often dealing with sensitive social issues of the day.
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