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RobertShoresRobert D. Shores

Following a successful high school athletic career, Bob signed to play at Coffeyville Community College for one year where he played and lettered in football. He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1952 and lettered in football and made the all-conference team at defensive tackle. Called to serve in the Army near the end of the Korean War, he was away from college for two years.

He returned to Baker for his junior and senior years and once again lettered and made the all-conference team both years as well. He graduated from Baker in 1958 with a degree in education and was immediately hired as principal, teacher and coach at Oneida (Kansas) Junior High School. He also coached basketball and track at Oneida High School. He moved on the next year to the high school level at Blue Rapids High School where he taught and coached for another year.

In 1960 he accepted the position of head coach for football and track and assistant coach for basketball at Yates Center where he remained for five years. His final position at the high school level took him to Fort Scott where he taught and coached football, basketball and track. At the same time he took on added responsibilities for teaching at Fort Scott Community College. In 1967 he moved full time to the community college and through his 11 years there he taught, coached and had responsibilities for directing the Guidance and Counseling Office and was the Dean of Students. A change of careers found Bob in the insurance field in sales and management for a 10-year period. During this time he joined the Board of Trustees at Fort Scott Community College.

In 1988 he once again joined Fort Scott Community College on a full-time basis to serve for an additional five years as the Dean of Instruction. He retired from Fort Scott in 1993. During his years of coaching his team’s accomplishments included winning the Community College National Championship in football in 1970. Additionally, from 1969 to 1974 the Fort Scott Community College football team won 54 straight games, played in five national bowl games, played for three national championship games and for four years was ranked number one in the nation in defense.

For his outstanding achievements and accomplishments he has been inducted into both the Fort Scott Athletic Hall of Fame and the National Junior College Hall of Fame. His brother Dick was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Bob is married to Wilma. Together, they have three children, Rick, Janet and Leann. The Shores additionally have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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