Lawrence in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Adolph Frederick Rupp
Born in Halstead, Kansas, of German emigrant parents Sept. 2, 1901, he was quite proud that he was a full-blooded German.
Rupp graduated from Halstead High School and then attended the University of Kansas where he played basketball under Coach Phog Allen. Dr. Naismith was also at K.U. at the time.
Rupp told the story that as a child he would sack sawdust into what resembled a basketball and then with a barrel hoop nailed to the side of a barn he learned to shoot baskets. Learning to dribble with that sawdust ball was out of the question.
His first coaching position was in Iowa. Next came Freeport, Illinois as a high school coach and then to the University of Kentucky in 1930. Rupp was proud of his home state of Kansas, but made it very clear that he would spend the rest of his days in Kentucky. One of his high points was to be able to defeat his old coach and alma mater.
He became the coach with the most wins in Dec. 1967 when he won his 772 game, surpassing the record held by his old coach Phog Allen of Kansas. His final record was 875 victories and 190 losses. Rupp's teams gained worldwide recognition.
During his tenure 25 of his Wildcats were honored 37 times as All Americans and 52 players were honored 91 times as All-SEC performers. 31 players entered the pro ranks.
Listed below are some of Rupp's accomplishments
Most successful basketball coach
He was named National Coach of the Year 4 times
In 1967 he was named Coach of the Century
He was Co-Coach of the 1948 Olympic Team
He produced more Gold Medal winners than any other cage coach
He was named to the Kentucky and Kansas Hall of Fame and to the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1944
He was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts in 1959
Adolph Frederick Rupp enjoyed being known as the undisputed Baron of Blue Grass in his role as Coach of the University of Kentucky.
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Location. 38° 57.377′ N, 95° 12.908′ W. Marker is in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street and Elmwood Street, on the right when traveling east on 15th Street. Marker is at the Dr. James Naismith Memorial in Lawrence Memorial Park cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1517 East 15th Street, Lawrence KS 66044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arthur C. "Dutch" Lonborg (here, next to this marker); Larry Brown (here, next to this marker); Dr. F. C. "Phog" Allen (here, next to this marker); Dean Smith (here, next to this marker); Dr. James Naismith (here, next to this marker); Lawrence Veterans' Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Citizens Memorial Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrence.
Also see . . .
1. Adolph F. Rupp at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. (Submitted on April 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Adolph Rupp. (Submitted on April 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on April 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.