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JPhilpotMike Philpot

A standout athlete at Fredonia. All-conference, all-area and honorable mention all-state football player at offensive guard, linebacker/nose guard. In track, his mile and 880-yard relay teams won conference championships and his 880-yard relay team took fifth place at the state meet.

Recruited to Baker by former coach, Jim Irick. Started all four years in football, playing both ways at defensive end and offensive guard with some time spent at fullback. Was an all-conference selection, and following his senior year, also garnered all-district and honorable mention all-American honors.

In track and field, was a standout performer, establishing both school and conference records in the shot put. During the years 1966 and 1967, finished first in every shot put competition.

Was a member of Delta Tau Delta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, B-club, and participated in dramatics. Graduated in 1967.

From 1967 to 1976, continued in athletics as an amateur in AAU track and field competitions. Qualified for Missouri Valley and National Lamar, Co., Dust Devils, Rugby Team, and finished fourth in national tournament in 1978.

Served in public schools and community colleges as a teacher and football/track coach. Head football coaching record was 45-39-3. Developed several state shot put champions in addition to other individual and team championships in track.

Began school administration in 1981. Served as an assistant principal at Haven and Buhler and later as principal at Nickerson and Buhler. In 1987, became superintendent and has since held positions at Remington, Smith Center and currently, Norton.

Member of numerous service and career organizations. Nominated and selected as Outstanding Young Man in America in 1975. Married to Cathy (Neal) Philpot, ’66. Together they have two sons, Roger and Neal.

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