Stephen Haag, Sr.
Manual's legendary football coaches - Neal Arntson, Ab Kirwan, Ray Baer, Tom
Harper and Buddy Pfaadt - never achieved what Steve Haag did. When his
time came, Steve led his charges to 13 wins in 1988, most in any one season
and one which officially resurrected Manual football. Only a loss to
Trinity in the 14th game kept the Crimsons from a perfect season and the
State Championship. It wasn't easy. After coaching for 15 years
at St. X, Manual and Seneca, Steve took the reins of a football program at
the beginning of Manual's transition to a magnet school, and struggled to
find quality players. The '85 squad finished a perfect season:
No wins and 10 losses. The next year was a little better and in '87
the Crimsons won half their games. The 1988 squad became the first
Manual squad since 1899 to beat Male High School twice in one season -- 28-0
in the last regular season game and 28-21 in overtime during the playoffs.
In leading the Crimsons to the Runner-up position for the 4-A State
championship, he was voted Jefferson County's Coach of the Year by his peers
and also by The Courier-Journal.
Active in his profession, Steve coached in the Jefferson County Football Coaches Association All-Star game three times and was president of that organization in both 1986 and '87. He also coached baseball, tennis, softball and swimming before retiring in 2002. He was an excellent teacher of math and computer science and now makes his living as a computer consultant.
Steve has been married to the former Terry Brown for 33 years. Three of their children are Manual alums - Stephen, Jr. '94, Kristi '95 and Melissa 2000. All three were voted either Mr. or Miss Manual their senior years.
Wilbur Hackett, Jr.
|In 1966 Wilbur Hackett was All-Southern and All-State and also a Parade Magazine All-American. He played on the Crimson football team that year, and it was considered to be one of the best ever. Undefeated and untied during the regular season, they scored games over St. X, Flaget, and Trinity. They also won over Butler for the AAA State Championship. Wilbur Hackett was the star running back and line backer on defense. He was described as the finest all around player in Louisville. Wilbur then became a three year starter at linebacker at the University of Kentucky under two different coaches. In 1972, Wilbur left U of K, and married Brenda Phelps. He then went to work for the Criminal Justice Commission under Manual Hall of Famer, Ernie Allen. He styed with them until 1978, when he left to work for Sysco and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Then from 1986 until 1992 he was back working with the city again, with the Revenue Commission. Since 1992, he has been a supervior for Toyota Motor Corporation in Georgetown.|
|Currently Chairperson for the Jefferson
County Board of Education, Carol Haddad has been a loyal supporter of duPont Manual High
School during her School Board tenure from 1976-80 and 1992 to date. In her first term she
assisted in keeping the tradition of the Male-Manual football game alive. She also
provided support for the inception and continuance of Manual's magnet programs. In
addition she was an active parent of two Manual students from 1975-83 supporting the PTSA
as well as other school programs.
|Look in the dictionary under
"loyalty" and one should find a picture of Dale Haines. A 1955 graduate, Dale
served as manager of the Crimson track teams both his junior and senior years. That
indomitable Manual spirit must have overtaken him while he was moving hurdles, because he
has been devoted to the school ever since. At the souvenir game, Don Heavrin, Class of
59 put the Male emblem on top and all pictures of Male were at the top of the page
with Manuals at the bottom. When the game was over, he thought he was going to have
to fight Haines because he (Haines) was so angry that Male had been put on top of Manual.
As it goes, Dale Haines will always call it the "Manual-Male" game as opposed to
the "Male-Manual" game (a courtesy because Male is older than Manual).
|For a guy whose yearbook caption
announced that his ambition was "to get out of school this year", Edward D.
(Doug) Hamilton has done all right for himself. Doug has served as Chief of Police for the
Louisville Division of Police since 1990, working his way through the ranks in traditional
fashion all the way from patrolman, where he started 27 years ago fresh out of Manual as a
patrolmen riding a beat car in the Fifth District. Hamilton is currently a member of 20
|Stratton Owen Hammons epigram in
the 1922 Crimson Annual was prophetic: He is one of the greatest architects that Manual
has ever produced, and he should be very successful when he gets into the
"architectural world." By the time this was written, believe it or not, Hammon
had already built his first house. He was only 16 when, in 1921, he constructed a $4,500
Dutch colonial home at 2024 Grasmere Drive while he worked part-time as a draftsman with
the firm of M.J.Murphy. The house still stands, and he is now working on five houses.
William "Hap" Happle
|William "Hap" Happle, Class of
1942, is known as "Mr. Aviation" in Southern Indiana. He has been
manager of the Clark Regional Airport since 1981, and opened Hap's Airport,
a private field in Clarksville, in 1953. Before that he was a U.S.
Naval Aviator and a veteran of World War II. His accomplishments also
include being Indiana's Aviation Person of the Year in 2008; being
awarded the F.A.A. Wright Brothers Master Pilot for 50 years of
continuous certification in 2007; and being awarded the F.A.A. Charles
Taylor Master Mechanic Award for 50 years of continuous certification,
also in 2007.
|A native of Piqua, Ohio, Tom was an all-state
performer in football and basketball at Madisonville High School and
accepted a football scholarship to U of K in 1949, where he lettered at
Tackle for Bear Bryant in 1951, '52 and '53. He served UK as a graduate
assistant under Blanton Collier in 1954. Because of his Wildcat connections,
he put together a great staff at Manual with Charlie Bentley, Jim Yarbrough,
Billy Mitchell and Al Zampino. In six seasons he compiled a 44-20-3 record,
behind only Neal Arntson and Ray Baer.
In 1959, his first year, his team completed a perfect season by beating Durrett for the first AAA State Championship and crushing Male 62-0, for the largest Manual victory margin in the history of the rivalry.
Harper left Manual to serve as an assistant at Eastern Kentucky University in 1965. He also served at Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Iowa State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. In 1972 he was head coach at Wake Forest, and finished his career as administrative assistant for football operations at Clemson University. He died in May of 1989 in Savannah, GA.
Donald M. Heavrin
|A 1959 graduate, Don became enamored with
Manual as a youngster and remains so even after earning three college
degrees, one a Juris Doctor at U of L in 1967. He has attended every
Male-Manual game since 1954 and in the '70s waged a war with the Jefferson
County Board of Education in a successful, but short-lived attempt to keep
the contest on Thanksgiving Day. He has written several articles on the
school’s history and often enjoys recounting times he has shared with Neal
Arntson, Clarence Frank, Ace Hudkins, Butch Charmoli and others.
Although as a student he represented Manual in the I Speak for Democracy competition and on the Youth Speaks team, it has been as a devoted alumnus that he has been most supportive. He provided clothes and shoes for underprivileged students, helped provide band uniforms, athletic and computer equipment, bailed out The Crimson-Record and fixed the irrigation system at Manual Stadium.
On the professional side he has represented two people who were wrongly convicted of murder, obtaining new trials and winning both cases. He also took on the IRS at the U.S. Supreme Court and won, changing forever the jeopardy assessment laws of the country. In 1996 he was awarded the Frank E. Haddad, Jr. Award by the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
|The Shamrock Athletic Club has faded into
oblivion, but in the forties and early fifties it gave one of the most prestigious awards
in area sporting circles. And in 1946 that award honored Elmer Hennessey as the most
valuable football player in the Falls Cities area. And why not? From 1945 through 1947 he
was a fleet-footed halfback nicknamed the "Irish Mail" by one sportswriter, and
"Hammerhead" by coach L. J. "Butch" Charmoli. All he did his senior
season was lead the Crimsons to 10 wins against only one defeat (Gadsden, Alabama).
|“Granny” Higgins entered Louisville Girls High in 1906, graduating in 1910. In the fall she enrolled at U of L, taking every music course offered, plus private study in Voice and Piano, graduating in 1914. In 1925 she became organist-choir director at Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church. In subsequent years her husband and son both died, and Granny needed work. She started in 1930 at Cochran School, transferring to Eastern Jr. High in 1931. In 1942 she moved to Halleck Hall Jr. High, which became Manual in 1950. She became the first co-ed chorus teacher at Manual from 1950 through 1960, then was named Assistant Supervisor for Music Education for the Louisville Board of Education. She retired in 1963. In 2004 Libby Chilton, ’53, began a campaign to raise money for a concrete paver in her honor at Manual Stadium. Almost twice the money needed was raised, and today accolades and shared memories keep appearing on behalf of a lady whose students came first and with whom she developed many special relationships.|
|Known throughout the city as "Mr. Hobby," he was born in Louisville, June 25, 1887, the son of Bruce and Jane A. (Bradley) Hoblitzell. He graduated from Manual (and from the Kentucky Military Institute in Lyndon) in 1907. He started the Bruce Hoblitzell Realtors and Insurance Agency in 1919. He served as president of the Louisville Board of Trade, the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. He also was president of both the Louisville and Kentucky real estate boards and served on the boards of the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. Elected Jefferson County Sheriff in 1953, he used his office to institute reforms in prison conditions. In November, 1957, "Mr. Hobby" was elected mayor, succeeding Andrew Broaddus, and served until December, 1961. According to the Louisville Encyclopedia, most of the impact of his administration centered on public works projects such as the installation of street lights, paying city streets and renovating substandard housing. He also acquired approximately 200 acres of parks and playgrounds for the city's park system. He was president of the Kosair Crippled Children's Hospital's Board of Governors for 30 years as well as chairman of the annual fund-raising picnic. Hoblitzell married Irene Oatey Forbes of Louisville on January 31, 1910. They had one son, Bruce, Jr., and two daughters, Jane and Margaret. He died at his home on St. James Court August 11, 1970 and is interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.|
Corwyn Patrick Hodge, Jr. was born and raised in Louisville, attending Chenoweth Elementary, Noe Middle School and Manual. He started singing when he was three years old and hasn’t stopped since. A 1990 Manual/YPAS graduate, he now is a member of the vocal group Mosaic, a six-man group creating a musical experience produced entirely by the human voice. Of the six members Corwyn is one of the three tenors but is frequently featured as a lead singer. The bass vocalist, Josh Huslig, founded Mosaic in 2004. He recruited the other five members who were performing in various shows at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Mosaic began performing together in 2005 and quickly became a cruise ship headlining act and corporate entertainment favorite. The now Las Vegas-based Mosaic moved rapidly from cruise ships and corporate conventions to the main opening act for legendary comedian George Wallace at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Since that time the group has opened for such superstars as Prince and Jay Leno. They have also performed with Tony Bennett, The Jonas Brothers, Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder. In October 2008, the group was crowned the winner of MTV’s “Top Pop Group.” In April 2009, Mosaic received two CARA Awards (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards) for their self-produced album, Will Sing 4 Food. In addition to Mosaic Corwyn is currently in the Las Vegas Company of The Lion King, playing Samba. He has also played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. While at Manual he was football homecoming king his senior year and was voted “Most Talented.” He was also part of Louisville’s Next Generation where he was vocal captain. After leaving Manual he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music. Everything else is history.
a student at Manual Chris played clarinet in Robert Griffith's famed "Marching
Manual" band and was an active member of the Key Club. After graduating
from Manual in 1960 he earned a B.A. in 1965 and J.D. in 1968, and served
briefly in the Coast Guard before embarking on a career of public service.
An FBI agent for 30 years, he won several awards of excellence for his successful
dealing with bank robbers, fugitives, extortionists, illegal gamblers, civil
rights violators, racketeers and kidnappers. Now retired, he serves various
civic causes in his home of LaGrange including Rosehaven, the Optimist Club,
the Oldham County Police Department Grants Panel, the Sheriff's Merit Board
and the Triad Board of Directors.
Robert K. Holmes, Jr. was co-captain of the baseball team his senior year (1970) and played on a Manual team that upset Male 20-6 on Thanksgiving Day, 1969, but he went on to greater things. He was the first African-American to chair the Metro United Way Campaign in 2001. Before that he spent 16 years as Vice President of Corporate Services with Brown-Foreman Corporation. As the first African-American corporate officer, Holmes was responsible for several corporate functions world-wide, such as planning/design, facilities, security, construction and real estate. He also served nine years as manager of Facilities, Planning and Management for Louisville-based Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation prior to joining Brown-Forman. Holmes is an honors graduate in business administration from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. He is also a graduate of Leadership Louisville and a 1997 graduate of Bingham Fellows. In addition to being a licensed realtor, he holds his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) certification, which is recognized as one of the elite real estate certifications. Currently, Robert is President and CEO of the Louisville Real Estate Development Company, a concern that has developed some 450 single family homes over the last 10 years in the national award winning Villages of Park DuValle. Actively involved in community affairs, he has served on several Boards including Norton’s Hospital Board of Trustees, Louisville Community Development Bank, Louisville Community Bancorp, Inc., African American Venture Capital Fund, Housing Partnership, Inc., the Louisville Orchestra, the Lincoln Foundation, African American Heritage Foundation, Ali Center Board of Directors, University of Louisville Overseers and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Amenities.
Holton's early days were spent at a beautiful little ball park known as
Parkway Field where was a catcher for his hometown baseball team, the
Louisville Colonels. He earned nine letters at Manual in football,
basketball and baseball. When he turned 18, before graduation, he
registered for the draft and was inducted on August 26, 1944. After
basic training he was shipped to England, then to Le Havre, France as part
of the 289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Division. Two weeks before the
end of WWII he was shot by the enemy in Germany, recovered and received the
Purple Heart. After his discharge in July of 1946 he returned to
school, scoring two touchdowns against Male in that year's Thanksgiving game
as Manual beat Male 45-7, the largest winning margin for a Manual team to
that date. He left school, again before graduation, and was drafted by
the Baltimore Orioles. A 14-year playing career included stints with
the Colonels from 1953 to 1955, and again in 1960 when they won the Junior
World Series. He retired after that season and began a career scouting
for the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves.
Ray still lives in Louisville, is married to the former JoAnn Gatton, and has a son, Roxie -- a 1968 Manual graduate -- three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He still enjoys an occasional game of golf.
Coleman was one of eight children—six boys and two girls—to inhabit a small house in the South End of Louisville, and there was never enough money. His wife Linda, baseball and God—not necessarily in that order—that allowed him to see life in a positive light. He is now in his 40th year of ministry with the United Methodist Church, having served as a District Superintendent for two terms, a position he currently holds. He fell in love with baseball at age 7 and was a star for every Little League team he played on. At Manual he was good enough to earn a scholarship to the University of Kentucky after a perfect 8-0 pitching record for the State Championship team in 1962, his senior year. After using up his eligibility at UK in 1966, Coleman found himself without a degree though he earned tons of hours as architecture major. He had also worked part time for the Sears in Lexington and, in a stroke of fate, was made ad manager. Sears paid him well and put him into management training, but also wanted him to travel 26 weeks out of the year. He had found religion years earlier, and after asking for divine guidance, felt called to enter the ministry. First he had to finish college, which he did in 1972. His excellent grades that last year earned yet another scholarship, this time to Emory University’s Candler School of Theology where he finished in 1975. His Recreation Degree at UK made him a very active pastor for every church he served, starting in Georgia. While serving churches back in his native Kentucky, he started youth soccer leagues in Bowling Green, Trigg County and Hopkinsville. He coached golf and baseball at Trigg County and basketball at a Bowling Green middle school. From 1982 to 1985 he served as team chaplain for the Louisville Redbirds baseball team where he also threw batting practice frequently. In Hardin County in 1990, he began a Habitat for Humanity Affiliation. He is also an adjunct professor at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia and teaches part time at Asbury Theological Seminary.
|Jim Hudson, '60, was considered the spiritual
leader of the great 1959 Manual football team, considered by many experts the
greatest high school team in state history. He was also a leader inside the
building, being voted president of his senior class, "Mr. Manual" and among
the very few to belong to both the Key and Mitre Clubs. Hudson earned his
bachelor's degree in industrial management and an A.A.S. in industrial
relations at U of L. He also attended Duke University's Fuqua School of
Business Executive Development Program. He was a vice president with his
last two employers. During his career he worked in grievance procedures,
arbitration and labor negotiations with tremendous success with major
unions. Jim's enthusiasm for working within his community has enabled him to
serve on the board of directors for American Red Cross for six years and on
the Homeowners Association for Suntide (Florida) for 11 years. He also once
received the honor of "Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County" by the
County Judge and Mayor of Louisville. Through the years Jim has been a
special friend of Manual and has spent many hours dedicated to fund-raising
events, the 100th Male-Manual game celebration and to the Alumni
Association's Board of Directors.
|Billys first love was baseball. He
coached the game for 48 years, from little league through high school, winning
championships at every level. His intense interest in baseball was fostered by his father, Ancel "Woody" Hultz, once a semi-pro player in Louisville. Woody was teaching
his son the finer points of the game in 1943, when polio struck him at the age of 13. He
lost a year of school at Barret Junior High but recovered in time to make Manual an
unforgettable experience. There Ralph Kimmel introduced Billy to basketball coach Ed
Binford, who made him "team statician." Thus began his career in
volunteerism. The next year, Kimmel made the young man his own student
manager, and Billy earned his "M." Billy was a font of information on Manual
history and spent much time researching people and events in the school’s
past. He also promoted and supported alumni functions and helped classes to
organize reunions. He was a member of the Louisville Thoroughbreds
(barbershop chorus) where he has won three International Championship gold
medals. Billy passed away on December 15, 2011.
Joe Hutt was the person most responsible for reviving the old Manual spirit that made Brook and Oak a symbol of togetherness. It started in the fall of 1987 when Joe decided to peruse the phone book in an attempt to find enough graduates to have a 50-year class reunion. Out of the original 225 graduates in 1940, Hutt recruited 95 to attend the 1990 affair, an impressive percentage. So when Lou Vassie was employed as the first alumni director of the modern era, it made sense to ask Joe to serve on the first Board of Directors. Joes enthusiasm produced results. Since 1987 he published 34 newsletters dedicated to his class and 11 others to Brook and Oak grads in general. He also organized a "Day at the Races" at Churchill Downs twice a year and sponsored quarterly luncheons at the Hurstbourne Country Club. Mr. Hutt was a 1940 graduate and for a time the director of the Alumni Association, having just had the Manual Stadium Home Team's quarters named after him as "Joe Hutt Fieldhouse". His untiring efforts on behalf of Manual are renowned in the area. Joe attended the University of Louisville under the V-12 Navy Program (1944); he was a Navy Veteran (1943-45) and was recognized for his many sports accomplishments (football, basketball, baseball at Manual, U of L, Victory Sweet Shoppe and others.) He also was a lifelong member of the Louisville Amateur Baseball Veterans Club, and he refereed high school basketball for KHSAA for many years. Joe passed away in 2005.
J. G. Hunt Isert
|Hunt Isert's father and mother both died when he was in his early teens, and his sister died of diphtheria when she was only 10. At commencement in 1899, Principal H. G. Brownell made Isert a "fellow". This meant he was made a teacher at Manual for one year. After he was a teacher at Manual, he enrolled at Lehigh University, and graduated in 1905. He returned to Louisville to get a job with the Payne Company, which was a steel products firm of which he later became president and general manager. He was probably one of the best men there. He was also a three-time president of the Alumni Association. Isert was also chairman of the campaign to raise money for the construction of Manual Stadium. With a goal of $60,000 set, he gathered together 4,111 people, who raised $75,000 in only one month. Since Isert was a construction engineer by trade, he physically assisted architect Arthur Tafel in the laying out and planning of the stadium. In 1924, when it was dedicated, it was considered the finest high school stadium in the country, and remains today a monument to Manual and to the people of the city of Louisville. Mr. J. G. Hunt Isert died on June 2, 1950.|
Wesley A. Jackson
Wesley A. Jackson was an All-District and
All-State center on Manual’s winningest football team in 1988 (13-1), but
perhaps more importantly he was in the first class to graduate from the
school’s Media and Communications magnet. Wes considers his experience
in the magnet, along with the influence of teacher Don Good, to be the
primary stepping stone toward his current position as president and
publisher of The Courier-Journal, a position to which he was named in
April of 2012. He joined the newspaper in August 2011 as vice
president of sales and marketing. His greatest success, however, came when
he was senior vice president for Belo Corp. and president/general manager of
Belo Interactive Media. In this capacity from 2000-07, he was instrumental
in bringing the firm into Classified Ventures, which has developed
industry-leading online classified products (including Cars.com,
Apartments.com and Homescape.com). He took Belo’s interactive revenue from
under $3 million in 1999 to over $100 million before he left.
|Irvine Franklin Jeffries, class of 1926, was one of Manuals first athletes to be nationally recognized. He was named Captain of an All-America team in basketball due primarily to the fact that he played on the 1923 state championship basketball team that made it through the third round of a national tournament at the University of Chicago. He also captained the basketball team in 1925. In football he was an All-Stater in both 1924 and 1925 and was also an All-Southern halfback in 1925. He also lettered in baseball three years.|
|Brad Jones was one of the greatest and
most respected coaches to be at manual. Former Manual football coach and Hall of Famer,
John Miehaus, admitted, "Of all the great coaching feats at Manual, Brad Joness
12 track titles has to be the greatest accomplishment of them all." He was a teacher
of English and also coached football, basketball, baseball, and track. He moved to other
schools and coached there too. He helped the schools he was at with anything he could do,
including putting up bleachers, painting, and even selling hot dogs. When he died at the
age of 95, L. E. "Brad" Jones was still coaching golf at Gerorgetown, no doubt
the oldest active coach in the country.
|Harry graduated from
Manual in 1948 after participating in football, track, and baseball.
In 1961 he and his brother returned to Louisville and started Jones
Plastics and Engineering Corporation, now a $150 million sales company,
which manufactures plastic parts for the business machine, appliance
and auto industries. He and Larry are both operating directors of Golden
Foods and Golden Brands, a $100 million vegetable oil refinery operation.
He is presently chairman of the Board of Directors for Republic Bank
and Trust Co.
|Junie earned 10 varsity letters from 1934
to 1936. 3 each in football, basketball, and track and one for baseball his senior year.
In 1937 he was presented with the Yale Cup for athletics and academics, Manuals most
coveted award in those days. He earned a football scholarship to U of K and earned three
varsity letters there. He coached in Kentucky Schools for 40 years, beginning in 1945 as
head football coach at Pikeville High. In 1964 Junie was voted P.E. teacher of the year in
a 13 state region and was presented the award in Washington on behalf of president Lyndon
|Larry Jones graduated from
Manual in 1948 after participating in football, baseball, and track.
In 1961 he and his brother returned to Louisville and started Jones
Plastics and Engineering Corporation, now a $150 million sales company,
which manufactures plastic parts for the business machine, appliance
and auto industries. He and Larry are both operating directors of Golden
Foods and Golden Brands, a $100 million vegetable oil refinery operation.
He is presently chairman of the Board of Directors for National City
|Graduating in 1960, Kassulke became the
longest standing female warden in the country. Before graduating from U of L in 1964, she
worked as an associate with Dr. Raymond Kemper, conducting psychological testing with
inmates, and she was intrigued by many personalities. Though she majored in Business
Administration and Educational Psychology, she began her career as a teacher at the
Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. She kept her job until 1999, only leaving
once for a year to marry Howard Kassulke. In 1986 she served as Interim Warden of the
Kentucky State Reformatory and as Interim Warden at the Luther Luckett Correctional
Complex. Through her years she was awarded with "Warden of the Year,"
"Outstanding Warden," "Woman of the Year" and the Governor's
|Under Beverly Keepers' leadership the
school has won many local, state and national awards. Redbook Magazine, for
example, has rated Manual in its top 100 schools in America for the last three years. The
school has produced the greatest number of National Merit Semifinalists in Kentucky, also
for the last three years. Ms. Keepers has also overseen a $4 million renovation providing
new cafeterias, libraries, science labs, windows, a roof and many exterior building
repairs. She also supported the rebirth of the Alumni Association as a legitimate arm of
|Dr. Ken Kellers life so inspired Byron Crawford that he devoted a column in the Courier-Journal to Keller on Fathers Day headlined "Father made his children his hobby." Ken graduated from Manual in 1939, having played halfback on that famous 1938 national championship football team. He was small and quick, nicknamed ""leaback Keller,""and earned a scholarship to the University of Louisville. He played only his freshman year before he was drafted. World War II took him to St. Lo, France only 40 days after D-Day where, as a medic, he lost his left arm to a mortar shell. Upon his discharge he returned to U of L, earning his Bachelors degree in 1943. He was awarded a fellowship from the National Institute of Health and, while still a grad student, was hired as an instructor in the Department of Microbiology at the School of Medicine. He was named teacher of the year in 1966, and stayed in that department until retiring in 1985 as Professor Emeritus. He served as a consultant in microbiology for Jewish Hospital, Standard Oil Co. and General Electric Co. and also authored 15 articles in national journals. Ken and his wife Sue had seven children, whom he took on fishing trips, made hand-carved gifts at Christmas, taught gardening and endless lessons about life. They enjoy playing bluegrass music as a family band.|
|Mr. Kimmel is credited with
single-handedly making baseball a major sport at Manual. In 1991 Mr. Kimmel was inducted
into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame. The schools
baseball field is also named after Mr. Kimmel. Mr. Kimmel began coaching the Manual
baseball team in 1932. Mr. Kimmel won five state championships. His overall record form
1932 through 1961 was 559 wins and only 131 losses. He also won 10 district and regional
John graduated from Manual in 1952. He played the tuba in Mr. Robert B.
Griffith’s band for three years and was Drum Major of Manual's Marching
Band in 1950 and 1951. He earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in
Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. In the mid-1960s
John worked at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama
where he was a Rocket Scientist in the
SATURN V First Stage Rocket
The SATURN V – “America’s Moon
Rocket” – was the largest and most powerful rocket ever launched. As an
Associate Research Scientist working under the direction of
Dr. Wernher von
Braun, John designed unique and
innovative test systems and mechanisms employing cutting edge
Following successful completion of the SATURN V Test Program, John went
to the U.S. Navy Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he was a Systems
Test Engineer on the TARTAR Guided Missile Systems. Then he became the
Technical Ordnance Engineer for all naval weapon systems on new
construction TARTAR and later Standard Missile Destroyers and AEGIS
Class Cruisers. John was associated with building and testing over 100
naval combatant ships involving several classes of ship design.
He played in the NFL Washington
|Ab Kirwan captained the Male High football team in 1921, a team that went undefeated and played a favored Manual team to a tie that Thanksgiving. He then went on to the University of Kentucky to star in botyh football and track. After serving one year as an assistant football coach at UK, he returned to Male as a history teacher and assistant coach in 1927. From 1927 through 1931 Male High gave up a total of 12 measly points to their rivals in five Thanksgiving Day games. Manual coach Neal Arntson resigned, and with the help of Courier-Journal sports Editor Earl Ruby, the Crimsons literally stole Kirwan from Male in 1932. During six seasons, 1932-1937, the Crimsons won half of their games with the Bulldogs. Ab was named head football coach at UK in 1938 and kept that position until 1944. He then left coaching to pursue a PhD at Duke University, which was awarded in 1947 along with his election to Phi Beta Kappa. Ab then returned to UK to begin a 34-year career, serving first as Professor of History and Dean of Men. He also served as Dean of Students and Dean of the Graduate School, and at the end of a splendid career, he served as President of the University from 1968 to 1969. At UK he received many awards, invluding a Fulbright Fellowship and a Guggenheim. Ab died of a heart attach in 1971. In addition to his wife Elizabeth Heil Kirwan and two sons Albert Dennis Kirwan, Jr. and William English Kirwan II, he was survived by four grandsons and one granddaughter.|
Norman J. Klein
only did Norman Jerry Klein letter in football, basketball and track at
Manual, he was on the honor roll every term and was inducted into the
National Honor Society at the beginning of his junior year. At graduation he
received The Yale Award, an inscribed silver plate from the Yale
Alumni Association of Kentucky, recognizing the graduate with the highest
record in scholarship, character, athletics and leadership. Norm was
first team All-State in football in 1943, having lettered for three years
and been elected senior co-captain of a Crimson team that lost only to teams
from Memphis and Birmingham in addition to Male. He earned a football
scholarship to the University of Kentucky where, as a freshman, he was on
the Associated Press All-SEC 3rd
team and earned the first of four letters. He was chosen on Alabama’s
all-opponent team and received votes for the SEC’s Most Valuable Player.
Sportswriters referred to him as “The Louisville Flash.” He also played
baseball for UK.
H. F. A. Kleinschmidt
|Alfred Victor du Pont was Manuals
founder, but H.F.A was the one who whispered in the great benefactors ear. He was
the first teacher of manual training in Louisville, having been hired in 1890 to extend
tutelage to 24 freshmen boys at Male High. Before coming to Louisville from St. Louis he
was principal or professor in six different schools and was a draftsman in the
engineers office of the Northern Pacific Railroad Co. It was he who actually drew
all the plans and specifications for the old building and its equipment. On April 15, 1895
he tendered his resignation.
Jack T. Kline
have been only 27 directors of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band since
its establishment in 1798, including march king John Phillip Sousa.
Jack Kline was its 24th, serving from Nov. 1, 1974 to May 31, 1979.
Following his graduation from Manual in 1939, Jack attended music school at U of L, serving as principal clarinet in the band. His education was interrupted by WWII and he enlisted in the army and became a member of the 79th Infantry Division Band, experiencing combat in both France and Germany. After the war Jack returned to school, and also performed with the Louisville Philharmonic Orchestra and professional dance bands. He joined the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C. in 1947. In 1968 he received his officer's commission and was appointed Assistant Director of the band, then Director in 1974. In this capacity he served as musical advisor to two presidents and conducted at numerous White House and State functions. In retirement he served as guest conductor with a select band of high school musicians on a European tour, and also played clarinet with the National Concert Band of America. Lt. Col. Jack T. Kline died January 18, 1986 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
B. F. Kubaugh
Benjamin Franklin Kubaugh, who graduated in Manual's third class of 1986,
invented the automatic ice machine that makes cylindrical hollow-center ice
tubes when he worked for the Henry Vogt Machine Company, one of the city's
most successful businesses. He went to work there as a draftsman right out
of high school and became the chief engineer for the division created by his
invention. His ice machine evolved over time since its inception in 1933 and
Kubaugh eventually received ten patents. In a 1943 speech to the Kentucky
Ice Manufacturers' Association, Kubaugh noted that the time for making
commercial ice had been reduced from 48 hours to 15 minutes by his
invention. This was important to the war effort because of the use of ice in
the shipping of perishables to our armed forces.
Kubaugh was a member of the National Association of Power Engineers for 25 years, a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and of the Louisville Astronomical Society. He was also a member of the Liederkranz Singing Society and of Fenner Memorial Lutheran Church. He died on Christmas Day 1959. His granddaughter Phyllis Goff taught social studies at Manual from 1974 until she retired in 2010.
Since the Hall of Fame began in 1994, there has never been such an outpouring of support for an inductee as what the Class of 1953 has mustered for Bill. He headed up the first ’53 reunion committee and is still dedicated to that endeavor. Due to his efforts his class has had a reunion every five years and remains the most supportive class, in terms of membership, of the alumni association. In 1994 Bill founded the Portland Area Ministries, for which he still serves as chairperson, and he has been actively involved in the restoration of the Louisville U.S. Marine Hospital. He has also served on the Portland Museum Board of Directors since 2001, and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee.
After Manual Bill earned undergraduate and graduate degbrees from U of L, then spent time in the Army and working for a railroad before starting his first teaching job in 1966 at the old Valley Elementary School. In 1970 he became a union representative for Jefferson County teachers, and went on to hold similar posts at the state level and taught adult education before taking on the job at Portland Elementary.
Fresh out of Manual Training High School with the graduating class of 1927, Landau was hired as an office boy with the local papers. He worked his way through the ranks as a reporter, copy editor and assistant Sunday editor until 1954, when he became makeup editor for The Louisville Times. He did the job extremely well and did it for 21 years. He retired from The Times in 1975, leaving page makeup to others. In his first three years of retirement he became a real editor, claiming fame by authoring the book, Adath Louisville: The Story of a Jewish Community. Rabbi Robert Slosberg of Congregation Adath Jeshurun said of his effort in 2006, “That book is still a classic for anyone who wants to understand the Louisville Jewish community in its formative years.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Louisville. Landau served as interim editor of The Jewish Post and Opinion and was on the publications advisory board of the Jewish Community Federation of Louisville for many years. He had also served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Community Federation, Louisville Hebrew School and Shalom Tower. His papers are part of the Special Collections and Archives at the University of Louisville Library. Covering 8.25 linear feet, the collection includes notes made by him from 1920 to 1987, a collection that reflects his interest in journalism but concerns itself primarily with his long association with the Louisville Jewish community. He continued to contribute book reviews and pieces on Jewish holidays to The Courier-Journal until he could no longer muster the energy. Louisville lost a true historian and a devoted scholar when he died December 28, 2006 at the age of 95.
|Following graduation from Manual in 1954,
Myrle spent a year at U of K to qualify for the Aviation Cadet Program of
the Air Force, which he entered at the end of the 1955 school year. He was
commissioned Second Lieutenant and rated as a pilot in 1956. Subsequent
active duties have included air defense alert missions and participation in
the 1961-62 atmospheric nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific. He retired
from the Air Force in November 1986 following 32-plus year of combined
active and reserve duties, including serving as Commander of the
Massachusetts Air National Guard, the 104th Tactical Fighter Wing and the
131st Tactical Fighter Squadron.
In 1966 he joined American Airlines as a pilot. Between this employment and his active duty he worked toward a degree at U of L. Facing mandatory retirement from American in 1996, he returned to school full-time for five years, earning B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Virginia. He is a board member of the Charlottesville Committee of Foreign Relations, a life member of the Colonnade Club (the Faculty Club of UVA) and past president of the William A. Jones III Chapter of the Air Force Association. For fun he golfs, skis, hikes, sails, rides motorcycles and travels.
Raymond "Butch" Lehr
For 30 years Butch, a 1966 Manual
graduate, was the vice president and track superintendent under the shadow
of the twin spires of Churchill Downs.
|If not the greatest male athlete Manual
ever produced, Sherman Lewis almost certainly stands as the fleetest. He led the 1960
track team to the KHSAA Championship. He was also the small halfback who led the Crimsons
in an undefeated season and state championship. He went on to be named an All-American and
finished third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy. He coached for Manual, the Spartans,
San Francisco 49ers, and currently he is the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay
|Joe Liedtke served as
Principal from 1979 to 1991. Of the nine principals who have served
Manual, his tenure of 12 years is the third longest. He was instrumental
in having Manual named as a National School of Excellence and supervised
the transition of Manual's moving from a regular program to a magnet
school. He has served as a member of numerous committees for the Jefferson
County school district and has been on several National Association
of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) committees. In 1987 he was named
Kentucky's Secondary Principal of the Year, and was one of 10 finalists
for the National Principal of the Year award.
|Victor Mendell Longstreet, Manual Class
of 1925, thinks he may be the only Manualite to be graduated magna cum laude from Harvard
(1930). After leaving Harvard he went on to serve as a U.S. government official under
every president from Herbert Hoover through Lyndon Johnson. He is the author of Financial
Control in Multi-National Companies, 1971.
In school year 1966-67 Ronni Lundy was named co-editor of The Crimson-Record
after serving the paper from first stepping into Manual as one of only two
sophomore staff writers in the fall of 1964.