Highland Community College

Hall of Fame Members


Ben Allen Harold "Tony" Jeter John Beverly Misse
Martin "Marty Allen  Terry Joyce Ed Morland
Dean Barber Russell Karn William (Bill) T. Noll
Glenna Batchelder Fred Keenan Dr. Jack D. Nutt
Trumane Bell Dale Kessinger Jan Schwartz
Richard Paul Cotton John C. Leimbach "J.C." Paul Simmons
Frank Davis Clarence M. "Fuzz" Lewis Thelma Schmitz Strathman
Richard Eugene Hewins Robert McDowell  


 Thelma Schmitz Strathman                                                       

Inducted 2015-09-19

In 1981, a standout student athlete from B & B High School (Baileyville, KS), Thelma Schmitz Strathman chose to continue her academic and athletic careers at Highland Community College.

Strathman enriched her talent in both volleyball and basketball under the leadership of veteran coaches Batchelder and Allen.  Her athletic ability and team leadership helped pave the way for both programs to continue Scottie success.  The 1981-82 basketball team recorded a 21-9 season.  The 1982-83 volleyball team went 21-13, winning the 

NJCAA Region VI Independent Volleyball Tournament, and Thelma received selection to the NJCAA Region VI Volleyball Team. Academically, Strathman was a NJCAA Academic All American both years, and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honorary Scholastic Society, plus a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges.

In 1983, Strathman continued her athletic and academic careers at Kansas State University.  She was a member of Kansas State University’s volleyball team and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. 

Strathman’s career as a volleyball coach and math instructor has been recognized with the following accomplishments: 

• Chosen as Kansas Volleyball Association’s 1A Volleyball Program of the Year

• Kansas Volleyball Coaches’ 400 Win Club

• Coaching State/College Post Season All Star Matches

• Kansas Governor’s Scholars Teacher of Influence Award

• Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

Strathman comments, “with a wonderful coach, a great group of teammates, and the support of the entire Highland community, I couldn’t have asked for a better college experience.”


Paul Simmons

Inducted 2014-09-14

Paul Simmons came to Highland after graduating from Midway High School in 1965. He went on from Highland to receive his Bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 1969.  While at Highland, he participated in football, basketball, and track in 1965 and ’66 and helped win the Conference in football both years.


While at Fort Hays, Simmons was All-Conference in 1968; led the team in tackles, was All District 10, and was Honorable Mention NAIA Little All-American.  Paul also played baseball; he had a .380 batting average and chalked up three individual records.  In 1969, Paul was the 14th athlete to receive the Paul Busch Gross Award, which is given each year to the graduating athlete deemed most outstanding in scholarship, citizenship, leadership, and athletics at Fort Hays State.  


Paul married Mary Miller Simmons in 1966. They have four children, Dave, Paula, Barry, and Tammy, and have six grandchildren.  In addition to farming, Paul owned and operated P&S Muffler & Radiator Shop in Hiawatha.  He retired in 2010, and loves spending time with his grandchildren, who are the light of his life.  Paul noted, “If I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing!”


Clarence M. "Fuzz" Lewis

Inducted 2013-09-15

Clarence M. "Fuzz" Lewis began his collegiate career in 1951 when HCC was Highland Public Junior College, and theCollege was looking to increase enrollment witht he revival of football, which had not played since 1926. Fuzz and his fellow athletes became emirssaries for the College, recruiting other players and raising money for uniforms. The College emissaries were successful in setting the stage for future success. During Fuzz's second season, the College recorded its first win since the revival with a 64-0 win over Fort Scott. The Scotties finished that season with 7-2 record. Fuzz's 1100 yards as primary receiver still ranks 4th in the College records. In addition to football, Fuzz lettered two years in basketball and track.


Fuzz graduated from the College in 1953 and joined the Navy during Korean Conflict. He then returned to the Highland area and began his masonry contractor career that spanned 60 years with work seen in three states. As Fuzz enters the Athletic Hall of Fame, he has spent the past 63 years as an avid supporter of the College, beginning as a student athlete and continuing as one of the most recognized fans at Scottie home games.

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Glenna Batchelder

Inducted 2013-09-15

Following the directive of Title IX, intercollegiate volleyball was added at the College in 1974. College President Dr. Jack Nutt asked physical education instructor Glenna Batchelder to assume the duties of coaching HCC's volleyball team. Glenna sought the help of Dr. Richard Cox, a KSU professor, who became her mentor and friend for the next 25 years.

Dr. Cox commented, "... her genius, however, was not in the technical aspect of coaching volleyball, but in the ability to get the girls to work hard for her and to believe in her as a coach, mentor, and best friend. I have never seen a volleyball coach who could motivate her athletes as well as Glenna. She truly loved every young woman who played on her teams and they loved her in return."

Highlights of the many NJCAA awards her teams received were the 1976 team's advancement to the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament in Cantonsville, MD, and the 1998 Number One Academic Team of the Year with a cumulative 3.53 GPA. Glenna coached for 25 years and had only three losing seasons. Her induction recognizes Coach B's excitment, enthusiasm, and enrichment in creating the HCC volleyball tradition that continues today.

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Martin "Marty" Allen

Inducted 2013-09-15

Martin "Marty" Allen exemplified a student-athlete with multiple talents and leadership qualities as he lettered two years in basketball, football, and track in his years at Highland in 1964-66. Peer recognition included Homecoming King ('65), Outstanding Athlete ('65-'66), team captain in both football and basketball ('65-'66). Athletic honors included being an All Conference selection, NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American football team, NJCAA All Region VI football and basketball teams, and CIC Conference discus champion.

Marty continued his academic/athletic career at Kansas State University, lettering two years in football and one in track. In 1977, Marty moved back to Highland as head women's basketball coach and offensive line coach. His Scottie basketball team compiled a 149-84 record and won five conference titles. In 1981, Marty became the 13th head coach in the history of HCC football and for the next 24 years coached over 2500 football student athletes. HCC football was Interstate Conference Champions from 1988 to 1993; Marty was inducted into the NJCAA Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.

After retiring, Marty continued serving his community in local goverment, church, and coaching various levels of youth programs. He received the Doniphan County Quiet Hero Award in 2013.

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Trumane Bell

Inducted 2003-08-23

Trumane Bell came to HCC from Simeon Vocational High School (Chicago, IL) in the fall of 1989. The Scotties went 7-2-1 in 1989 and 9-2 in 1990, winning conference titles both years. Trumane was recognized as First Team All Conference both years, as well as being named a J.C. Grid Wire All American in 1990.

Bell was voted the best receiver by his teammates both years while at Highland. In the HCC Football Record Book, he ranks first in career passes caught with eighty-three, and second in total yardage with one thousand five hundred fifty-two yards and thirteen touchdown receptions. Bell continued his athletic/academic career at the University of Nebraska, where he played on two Big Eight Conference Championship Teams and participated in two Orange Bowls with the Cornhuskers.

After graduating from Nebraska, Bell was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1994 and was a member and starter of the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League that played for the World Bowl Championship in the spring of 1995. In 1995, he signed with the Cleveland Browns of the American Football League as a free agent.

Today Bell resides in Dolton, Illinois where he has his own insurance business and helps coach the football team at Chicago Carver Military Academy.

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Dr. Jack D. Nutt

Inducted 2001-08-25

Dr. Jack D. Nutt was President of Highland Community College from 1975 to 1982. A quote from the Highlander in 1975 describes the aggressive style of Dr. Nutt and course Highland Community College would take under his direction, "there are a lot of things here that need to be done, and we're gonna (sic) do something - it may be right or wrong, but we're gonna (sic) do it. Dr. Nutt proved to be very successful in handling finances, developing vocational programs, getting accreditation, and expanding the extension programs. For the first time Highland Community College was granted full accreditation from the North Central Accreditation Team in 1977 which meant National recognition. Along with the liberal arts curriculum, vocational training was added to enable students to have an opportunity to find jobs. The agri-business curriculum was expanded. In addition, office education program, administration of justice program, and an emergency medical training program were designed to help prepare students for immediate service in the work force.

During the seven years he was President, Yost Hall, Culbertson Auditorium, Math-Science Building, Heritage Hall, and the new Rubeti Hall were all constructed. Three of the oldest buildings on campus, Irvin Hall, Administration Building, and Allen Field House saw extensive renovations. The new bleachers and resurfaced track improved Kessinger Field. In 1978, the Kansas State Department of Education assigned HCC the responsibility for offering classes in neighboring communities resulting in the outreach extension program growing from fifty-eight in 1974 to one thousand and sixty-six in the spring of 1982. Student activities under Dr. Nutt's tenure were added or re-emphasized to give the student an opportunity for a better collegiate experience. Women's volleyball, basketball, track, and softball programs were added. The Lads and Lassies, dramatic stage performances, drill team-cheerleader performances, Highlander, Student Council activities, Circle K, Science Club, Spanish Club, Phi Beta Lambda, OEA, Delta Psi Omega, Aggies, Newman Club, Campus Christian Fellowship, Who's Who in American Junior Colleges, Earth Day, Math- Science Day, Business Day, Spring Art Contest, Aggie Olympics, and intramurals helped widen the collegiate experience for students.

We are indebted to Dr. Jack D. Nutt and his efforts in making Highland Community College a better place and recognize him as being one of the outstanding administrators in the history of the college.

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Fred Keenan

Inducted 2001-08-25

Fred Keenan, a home-grown Highlander, excelled in sports all his life. After graduating from Highland High School, Fred entered the Air Force, where he had the opportunity to refine his skills in the sport of tennis. He was chosen as a member of the Air Force tennis team, practicing every day and representing the Air Force in tournaments.

After serving in the Air Force, Fred returned to Highland to resume his academic/athletic career at Highland Community College, serving as the team captain and being recognized by the Greater Kansas City Community College Conference as part of the All Conference Tennis Team in 1975. Following his career at HCC, Fred attended Missouri Western State College, where he became the player-coach of the tennis team and was named to the All Conference and District tennis teams.

Following graduation from MWSC, Fred continue his strong belief that participating in games during our youth is a perfect training ground for the game of life. Coaching and athletic director positions in various Missouri high schools enable Fred to develop young people using that philosophy. Fred became Adrian High School's most successful volleyball and basketball coach. He took both teams to State Tournaments in the same year. He also produced a State finalist in football while at Adrian.

A tireless worker, Fred spent hours analyzing the science of games and working to insure that his players would play with respect, intensity, confidence, and to the best of their abilities. The following, from "Games of Life," best defines Fred and those he touched:

As we mature, we realize
Life has no referee
And games are just the proving ground
And LIFE is victory!

We may not score the winning goal
Or shoot a round in scratch.
But if we follow all the rules
We've played a perfect match.

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Richard Eugene Hewins

Inducted 2001-08-25

Richard Eugene Hewins, a standout quarterback at Wathena High School, switched to split end during his collegiate career. Collegiate football began at Highland Community College in 1965, where Hewins played for Coach Dale Kessinger and helped the Scottie team compile a 14-3 record over two years.

Five of Hewins' receiving accomplishments still top the list in HCC's Scottie Football Records: Most Yards Receiving in a Season (1120 yards), Most Touchdown Passes in a Season (12 touchdowns), Most Passes Caught in a Single Game (16), Career Touchdown Catches (17), and Career Yards Receiving (1974 yards). Hewins' receptions enabled the 1966 football team to top the record book in the team category of most team points scored in a season (300), and the best team scoring average (33.2 points per game).

Hewins continued his academic and football career at Drake University. In 1968, two years of playing at the wide receiver position resulted in Hewins setting an NCAA Division lA Single Season Pass Receiving Record (catching 95 passes) and Scoring Record (14 touchdowns). This same year, Hewins received the Most Valuable Player Award from Drake University, and was selected to the Quantico Marines All Opponent Team. In 1969, Hewins was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. In 1985, Hewins was selected to the All Drake Team of the Sixties Decade.

Hewins received his degree from Drake University in 1969 in biology & chemistry. Currently, Hewins is the Science Department Chairman at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, where he has taught and coached for thirty-two years. At Roosevelt, his coaching career has included football, boy's track and girl's track. In his eighteen years as head coach of the girl's track program, he has had thirty-one State track champions, six all-time Iowa High School best track event times, four State track meet runner-up finishes, and five top ten finishes at State meets. One of his track athletes won the Silver Medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. While at Roosevelt, he was selected Conference Coach of Year four times, and Regional Coach of the Year twice. This year, Dick Hewins was presented with Roosevelt High School's Distinguished Service Award.

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Russell Karn

Inducted 1999-08-28

Russell Karn's contributions to Highland Community College exemplify his passion for athletics and competition, as well as his life long attitude regarding the importance of providing quality service to one's own community. Karn's official association with Highland Community College began in 1971 as a student-athlete participating in both the football and track programs. In 1978, Karn served the community and HCC by becoming the public address announcer for all home Scottie football games. He soon became the announcer for other community events such as area all-star games, league tournaments and a regular in announcing Highland High School events as well. In 1997, the HCC athletic program recognized Karn with a plaque dubbing him the "Voice of the Scotties". In 1995, Karn was elected to the Highland Community College Board of Trustees. Since then, he has been involved in many decisions that have proved to be beneficial to the college such as the campus wide computer networking project, additional student housing, and major renovations to Kessinger Field & Track as well as Allen Field House.

As a Scottie Booster Club member, Karn has served as editor of the Booster Club newsletter for the past three years. Using his expertise in communications and computer technology, he developed HCC's athletic web page and as well as a web site for the City of Highland. One of Karn's most recent projects was to make part of his property available to build a new softball complex, which will be used by both the college intercollegiate softball program and the community.

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Terry Joyce

Inducted 1999-08-28

As Terry Joyce's former teachers and coaches reminisce about what made him successful, two qualities are evident: his work ethic and competitive attitude. Joyce, a HCC graduate of 1974, was one of the rare Scottie athletes who earned the distinction of being a three sport letterman. As a member of the football team, he played quarterback, tight end and was the team's punter; on the basketball court, Joyce played forward and center; on the baseball team he was the team's pitcher, as well as seeing action at first base and third base.

After he left HCC, Joyce attended Missouri Southern University, where he was recognized as an All-American tight end and punter. During his senior year, he led the country in punting average and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976. After leaving St. Louis in 1997, Joyce continued his stint in the NFL by playing for the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49er's and the Detroit Lions. Joyce has commented that playing at Highland Juco was the best two years of his college career.

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Dean Barber

Inducted 1998-08-29

Dean Barber, a sophomore from Highland, Kansas, had an outstanding record with the Scotties last year. Dean, a chunky 190 lbs., has the natural physical build and instincts for a truly great guard. Add to this his keen desire and enthusiasm, and you have one of the Scotties' great linemen. He is outstanding in all departments," stated the 1956 HCC Football Press Guide. Dean was a stalwart member of the 1956 undefeated football team, that was the Interstate Conference Champions, and nationally ranked in the NJCAA polls. Coach Roger Grunwald used these phrases to describe Dean's play, "a stand-out defensively; keys Highland's stellar line; quick, strong, and agile defender; and usually is on the bottom of every tackling pile". Dean's great desire and love of competition in the game of football contributed to his being named All Conference First Team in the Interstate Conference.  Dean continued to be a  no nonsense guy who dealt with people straight as long as they dealt him straight. He helped a countless number of students with a job or loan based simply on the promise of its return. Coaches with fund raisers always received Dean's sponsorship or donation. Student athletes always had a fan as Dean quizzed them about a game.

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Frank Davis

Inducted 1998-08-29

Coaching was Frank Davis's life, a life that began in the Highland community school systems learning the games of basketball and football. After a successful high school career, lettering all four years in football and basketball, Frank continued his academic/athletic careers at Highland Community College. From 1953 to 1955 he started every football and basketball game, going both ways as an offensive and defensive end in football, plus averaging 14.8 points per game on the hardwood floor. After Highland, Frank continued his academic/athletic careers at Peru State College.

In 1965 Frank Davis returned to Highland Community College as the Head Men's Basketball Coach and Assistant Football Coach. The 1965-66 basketball team won twenty-seven games and lost only three, highlighted by a win over the national power-house Moberly Community College before a packed house. Moberly was coached by Cotton Fitzsimmons (Phoenix Suns). During the 1966-67 season, the Scotties won twenty-three games and lost seven, and once again defeated a nationally ranked team in Coffeyville Community College. In 1967, Coach Davis became the first ever head men's basketball coach at Missouri Southern College. While at Missouri Southern, Coach Davis compiled a record of one hundred sixteen wins and fifty-four losses. His teams earned trips to two NAIA tournaments. Coach Davis returned to Highland Community College in 1974 to once again coach basketball. In 1976, Coach Davis became the women's basketball coach, and for two seasons his teams were Region VI champions, advancing to the National Junior College Athletic Association Basketball Tournaments. Coach Davis's records sets a tone of excellence for Highland Community College while continuing to provide a challenge for today's athlete.

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John Beverly Misse

Inducted 1998-08-29

John Beverly Misse attended Highland Community College in 1906, then known as Highland University, a four year institution. The baseball team competed with local teams at that time, and was very successful, having undefeated seasons in 1910 and 1913. In 1907, John started his professional baseball career, ending his career in 1914, with the Saint Louis Terriers. He was considered the best shortstop in the Federal League during the years he played for the Terriers. John is listed in the Fifth Edition of Total Baseball (Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball) as having played ninety-nine games in the 1914 season with the Terriers, and that he had three hundred six at bats with sixty hits and twenty-eight runs.

John returned to Highland in 1915, and lived here the remainder of his life. He was a respected Highland businessman, being in the real estate business most of these years. During the 1930's, he remained active in baseball by coaching the Ban Johnson Sluggers at Marysville, Kansas, being co-owner of the St. Joseph Western Association Baseball Club (now the Saints) , and scouting for the Cleveland Indian Baseball Organization. John continued to donate time, work, and money to the athletic programs at Highland. He built the first section of bleachers at the ball park, assisted in recruiting student athletes, provided transportation to away games with his private vehicle, and made cash contributions to the athletic programs. John loved to attend games in all of the programs, and he assisted several young men in the opportunity of a major league try out. The community of Highland is indebted to John Beverly Misse for his devoted time to the projects for the betterment of the community and the welfare of the College.

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William (Bill) T. Noll

Inducted 1998-08-29

Outstanding service to his fellow man is the only way to define William Thomas Noll, a life-long resident of the Highland community. Born and raised in Highland, he attended Highland Community College from 1939 to 1941, where he participated in basketball, and then went on to attend the United States Naval Academy, graduating in June, 1944. Mr. Noll then served as a combat soldier in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. He has been a highly respected businessman, having been associated with the Noll Insurance Agency and the Noll Funeral Home. He served on the Highland Community College Board of Trustees from 1968 to 1989, and is now retired, but a highly respected and widely read columnist for The Highland Vidette. While on the Board of Trustees at Highland Community College, many additions were made in facilities and academics. This included the construction of Ellis Hall, Yost Hall, the Math/Science Complex, Culbertson Auditorium, Rubeti Hall, Kessinger Field, and the Allen Field House upgrades. Also under his tenure, the Endowment Foundation and Alumni Association were developed, along with the addition of vocational programs and the extension of outreach programs to the area communities. Mr. Noll was instrumental in helping add female athletes to the athletic programs during the 1970's. He was a staunch supporter of the athletic programs, attending games or contributing to the scholarship funds. He was an active member of the Scottie Pep Band which played at many of the home athletic contests. William Thomas Noll was a positive example of the working relationship that builds communities, and Highland Community College is indebted to him.

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Ben Allen

Inducted 1997-08-23

A gentleman, leader, and Kansas Senator, Ben D. Allen, probably more than any other person in the history of Highland Community College, was responsible for the survival and growth of the institution.

Ben Allen served as a member of the trustees from 1905 to 1958, the longest of any trustee member in history. In 1950, as treasurer of the school board, he estimated the cost of a new field house gymnasium to cost $80,000. Design and inflation ran the cost to over $103,000. The community was in no mood to vote additional funds for the field house, so Ben continued the project using railroad trestles from the abandoned track between Highland and Severance. The trestles were carried to his sawmill and cut for the field house. In the end, in addition to his labor, the difference between the $80,000 bond issue and the cost of the building came out of his own pocket. In 1955 the gymnasium was dedicated and appropriately named the Allen Field House.

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Dale Kessinger

Inducted 1997-08-23

In his fifteen year tenure at Highland, Dale Kessinger not only coached football, basketball, and track, but also served as athletic director, social science teacher, physical education instructor, and acting head administrator.

In eleven years as head football coach, Dale Kessinger's overall record was 56-33 with claims to the Interstate Conference Championship in 1963, 1966, and 1967. Under Coach Kessinger the Scotties won three successive Interstate Conference Basketball titles in 1957-58, 1958-59, and 1959-60. He also coached the basketball team again in 1964-65 when they posted a 21-1 record claiming the Interstate Conference title. During his tenure as coach, Dale Kessinger produced numerous All-Americans and honorable-mention All-Americans. In 1976 the football stadium was named Kessinger Field in his honor.

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Ed Morland

Inducted 1997-08-23

Ed Morland started his javelin career at Highland Community College in 1967. He won every javelin event held that year climaxing with a first place NJCAA Track and Field Championship throw with a toss of 231'3".

In the spring of 1971, he enrolled at KSU to continue his education and javelin career. Ed was a two time NCAA All-American, 6th in 1971 and 4th in 1972 (251'8") while at KSU. His best throw came at the KU Relays in 1972 with a throw of 260'.

Ed competed in the 1972 Olympic Trials. Today Ed continues to compete in Masters Division meets and also in invitational meets with college age competitors.

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Harold "Tony" Jeter

Inducted 1997-08-23

Scottie fans will attest to the fact that Harold Jeter from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, was the most electrifying basketball player to wear a Scottie uniform in 1963 through 1965. Remembered as "Tony," he led the Scotties in scoring on a 20-6 team in 1963-1964 and a 21-1 team in 1964-1965. The 1964-1965 team won the Interstate Conference Championship and was a semi finalist in the NJCAA Region VI tournament. Tony was recognized as an NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American his first year and NJCAA All-American during his second season. Tony's basketball skill and athletic ability enabled him to work the basketball outside or inside, letting him score 40 and 45 points respectively in the Scottie Classic Tournament.

Tony continued his education at Drake University where he lettered on the 1965-1966 team and again was the leading scorer with 274 points. In 25 games at Drake he hit 41% of his field goals and 65% of his free throws, and he averaged 10.9 points per game with a single game high of 24 points.

Scottie fans, athletes, and coaches thank Tony for his excitement, enthusiasm, and enrichment to the basketball tradition at Highland Community College.

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Jan Schwartz

Inducted 1997-08-23

A quote from Arlyn Parish's book, History of Highland Community College, best describes Jan Schwartz. "Jan Schwartz, who was also all-conference in basketball and volleyball and an excellent student, was the best athlete ever to attend Highland Community Junior College." Title IX reemphasized women's athletics in the seventies, and Jan's three sport accomplishments have set an unprecedented level of excellence for women's athletics at Highland Community College.

1975-1976: 11-5 Record, 2nd, Greater Kansas City Community College Conference
1976-1977: 17-4 Record, 1st, Greater Kansas City Community College Conference
Member of All-Conference Volleyball Team
NJCAA Region 16 Winner
NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament Team

1975-1976: 16-0 Record, 1st, Greater Kansas City Community College Conference
NJCAA Region 16 winners
NJCAA National Basketball Tournament Team
1976-1977: 17-2 Record, 1st, Greater Kansas City Community College Conference
NJCAA Region 16 Winners
NJCAA National Basketball Tournament Team

Track and Field:
1976: National Junior College Athletic Association Track and Field Meet - 3rd Place Team
Individual Event
2nd Place Shot Put
2nd Place Javelin
5th Place Discus
1977: National Junior College Athletic Association Track and Field Meet
Individual Event Participation
1st Shot Put
2nd Discus
4th Javelin
HCC Track and Field Record Holder:
1976: Jan Schwartz - Shot Put 46' 9"
Jan Schwartz - Discus 135' 1"
Jan Schwartz - Javelin 129' 9"

Jan was selected to the Who's Who Among Students in America Junior Colleges in 1976-1977 academic year at Highland Community College. She continued her education and track and field career at Illinois State University. In her senior year she was selected the most valuable track and field participant at several meets, and she was recognized as Illinois most valuable track and field participant for the year.

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John C. Leimbach "J.C."

Inducted 1997-08-23

J. C. had an illustrious athletic career that included being a three-sport letterman for two years in football, basketball, and track, a member of the 1956 8-0 only undefeated football team in Highland history, football team captain, member of the IC All-Conference Football and Basketball teams, third team little All-American in football, and honorable mention Little All-American in basketball.

J.C. continued his education-athletic career at the University of Missouri and is recognized as the last three sport letterman (football, basketball, track) in 1960.

Utilizing his education-athletic experience, J. C. has spent thirty years teaching and coaching in the secondary school setting plus officiating that includes the Big 8/ Big 12 Conference in football and basketball and the NFL.

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Richard Paul Cotton

Inducted 1997-08-23

In the spring of 1952, Richard Paul Cotton, along with Jake Tinsley, became the first track and field team at Highland Community College. They asked Dean Howard Seaman if they could participate in track, and the request was granted with the stipulation that they plan their own workouts, with Dean Seaman seeing that they got to the meets. Richard won the 880 yard run and the mile at the state junior college meet in the spring of 1952. The two man team placed 6th in a field of 14 junior colleges that represented the NJCAA Region VI.

Richard continued his education at Peru State College graduating in the spring of 1956. Since 1956 Richard has spent 41 years coaching basketball, football, cross country, and track on the secondary level in Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. His coaching career has been recognized with many achievements and awards on the national and state level, including induction into the Wyoming Coaches' Association Hall of Fame in 1992 and two time (1989, 1992) National Cross Country Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches' Association. Richard gives credit to Dean Seaman and the faculty, as they cared about the individual and not just the student in starting his journey of athletic coaching success.

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Robert McDowell

Inducted 1997-08-23

Robert Dale McDowell loved his football rough and tough. This comment, often heard even today, was expressed by teammates, coaches, and fans. Bob was an anchor on the 1956 8-0 football team that won the Interstate Conference Championship, which was nationally ranked by the National Junior College Athletic Association polls, and is the only undefeated football team in Highland Community College history. Bob's efforts were recognized twice by the National Junior College Athletics Association as a member of the All-American football team. He was honorable mention in 1955 and a first team member in 1956. He was a member of the first team Interstate Conference All-Conference football team in 1956. While attending Highland, Bob also lettered two years in track, as well as serving as class president his sophomore year.

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