Kenneth D. Sterns
A standout high school athlete from Hiawatha, Kansas. Enrolled at Baker to play basketball for Coach Davee and to participate in track.
Became a four-year letterman in basketball playing at the center position. His 6’6” height and jumping ability led to numerous blocked shots and rebounds on the defensive side of the court while adding measurably to his offensive scoring average.
During his junior campaign, led the team in scoring with 312 points for an 18.4 point per game average. As a senior was the first Baker player in four years to be named to the KCAC all-conference squad.
Following his senior year, was honored as one of the top 10 players in an AAU basketball tournament in Wichita where he played for the Topeka Stevenson Roofers Team.
In track was one of Baker’s all-time greatest in the high jump. Lettered all four years and set the conference high jump record in 1949 and the intramural high jump record in 1950 and 1951. Took first place in the high jump at the 1951 Kansas Relays.
Active in the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and as a member of numerous intramural teams.
Following graduation, was employed in the insurance business for four years prior to moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he settled into a sales career in the building materials industry. Retired in 1987.
Married Baker schoolmate Helen Swayze, class of 1953, and together they have a daughter, Jane Lee.