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Part 1: A teacher and coach, Pupke’s legacy runs deep in the Grove

1957 FILE PHOTO - The Big White Eagle, Ron Pupke, coach of the 8th grade Jefferson Cubs basketball team.

A teacher and coach, Pupke’s legacy runs deep in the Grove

I first met Ron Pupke at the 1st Presbyterian Church. I had just fully moved to town and had landed a teaching job at Lincoln Middle School. When he found out I was to be a Lincoln Tiger, he said nonchalantly, “I helped them plan when they built that school.” Whoa! Considering that Lincoln was built in 1962, and it was then 2015, that’s some serious historical . . .

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