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ReadeHarold L. Reade

Graduated from Moran (Kan.) High School in 1924. Played football four years, serving as team captain as a junior and senior.

Enrolled at Baker in the fall of ’24 and made an immediate impact on the football team where he lettered all four years and was selected for all-league honors for three years. Served as team captain his junior and senior years. On campus, was an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Earned a bachelor’s degree in 1928. In 1944, earned a master’s degree from Kansas University.

Began his teaching and coaching career at La Harpe (Kan.) High School in 1928. In 1930, moved to Nevada (Mo.) High School where he guided the football team to four Southwest Missouri League Championships in five years.

In 1935 was hired by Shawnee Mission Rural High School to teach government and constitution. He coached track for one year, golf and basketball for 16 years, and football for 20 years.

His football teams won 110 games, lost 38 and tied 11 while winning eight Northeast Kansas League Championships and one Sunflower League title. His basketball teams won 235 games while losing only 76, a winning-percentage of 76 percent on the way to nine NEK League Championships and two Kansas State AA Championships. His golf teams won eight league championships.

Though known as a strict disciplinarian who wouldn’t allow players to suit up for games unless their grades were “C” or above, he was widely respected by his former athletes. His 1946-47 basketball team had eight of its 10 squad members selected for membership in the National Honor Society.

Served as City Councilman in Overland Park for eight years and was elected as the council’s first president. Served as a Johnson County Republican Precinct Captain, was a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the United Methodist Church and several education groups and societies.

Married classmate Thelma Roberts and together they had one son, Dr. H. Karl Reade. Coach Reade passed away March 1974.

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Anyone is eligible to write an open letter of nomination regarding an individual they believe to be worthy of induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame. The nominations must be received by December 31 to be considered for induction during the next calendar year. Once an individual is nominated, he or she remain in an active file for review by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The selection committee sends recommendations in the spring to the President of the University for final approval for fall induction.

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- Former Baker University athletes

- Current and former coaches or athletic administrators

- Meritorious service to the Baker University athletic programs

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