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      image Carl J. Schneider

    Carl graduated form Plattsmouth High School in 1921. He was an outstanding athlete, lettering in football and basketball all 4 years. At Hastings College he continued his athletic and leadership roles. He was tackle and captain of the Hastings College 1923 Hall of Fame Football Team. He was also president of his class, a member of the student YMCA cabinet, and secretary of his campus fraternity. He graduated with honors in 1925.

    He became a faculty member and coach at Minatare High School in Nebraska and returned to Plattsmouth in 1927 to become President of the Plattsmouth State Bank succeeding his father in that capacity. He held that position for fifty years until his death in 1977. During those fifty years he also served his community well. He was a devoted supporter of PHS athletics, the president and song leader of Rotary, an enthusiastic member of the Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department, a loyal member and Grand Master of the Masonic Order, superintendent/song leader and Sunday school teacher at the First Presbyterian Church.


    Jessie Whalen
    Miss Whalen was a native of Plattsmouth and a graduate of the class of 1916. Her teaching career began in 1916-17 when she taught Cottonwood School, District 27 of Cass County. She began teaching fourth grade in Plattsmouth schools in 1918-19. She was a third and fourth grade teacher at Columbian Building until the 1927-28 year when she began teaching seventh and eighth grades. In 1934-35 she began teaching history in the high school. The Jessie Whalen Chapter of the National Honor Society at PHS was so named in her honor in 1953. She remained sponsor of that group and Assistant Principal as well as Counselor of PHS until her retirement from education in 1968. Her devotion to excellence in academics and citizenship inspired several generations of students in our Community.


    Joe York
    Joe graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1940. He earned 11 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, track and vocal music all 4 years and in dramatics 2 years. He was Chief Justice of the PHS Student Court.

    At Tarkio College he received a Varsity Football Award. Because of World War II, and the entrance of so many men into the military, the small-town college had to curtail competitive sports. Thus ended the college athletic career of Joe. He then enlisted in the Army Reserve Corp and was "called up" in March of 1943. After an honorable discharge from the military, he returned to Tarkio College to complete an A.B. Degree with majors in High School Administration and accounting and minors in theology, speech and German.

    Joe began his high school teaching and coaching experience at Plattsmouth High School in the fall of 1945. He coached all four sports until 1952 and was named Principal for the years 1962-1967. He was the senior class sponsor for 20 years.

    In 1967 Joe began his career with the Omaha Public Schools as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director until his retirement in 1985. His awards throughout the years have been many:

    Tarkio College Class of 1944 Distinguished Service Award.

    Admiral-The Great Navy of the State of Nebraska signed by Commander Bob Kerry.

    Outstanding Service Award to Nebraska High School Athletics.

    Exemplary Educational Leadership Award-40 Years Service-National Association of Secondary School Principals.

    Dedicated Service Award--Metro High School Activities Association and Board of Control.

    Quality Service to Education and to Educational Administration.

    Exemplary Leadership and Service Award-Omaha School Administrators Assocation.

    Joe is married to Eleanor, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Tarkio Class of 1947. Their daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Jo and Greg Baker have given them two grandchildren, Sara 13, and Sam 10 who live in Portland, Oregon. Joe continues to maintain his strong interest and commitment to his former students, athletics and the Plattsmouth Community.


    Kirk Hutton
    Kirk graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1980. He lettered in football 3 years, wrestling 3 years, and track 4 years. He was All-State football linebacker in 1979, PHS football MVP '79, Outstanding Male Athlete '80, Co-Captain of football, wrestling and track '79-'80, and All Conference running-back '79. He was the 167 lb. State Champion in wrestling, third place in '79, and set a school record in the high jump. Also in high school Kirk was in Student Council 4 years, National Honor Society 2 years, class officer 4 years, Plattonian Prince in 1980, and was valedictorian of his graduating class with a GPA of 4.0.

    In college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha he played football for 4 years. He was a two-time NCAA Academic All-American in '82 and '83, was awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship, the Stan Marshall Award for Outstanding Student-Athlete in the North Central Conference '83, was a member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Honorable Mention Scholar/Athlete. Kirk earned a GPA of 4.0 at UNO graduating with a Bachelor of Science and later earned a Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

    He is now an orthopaedic surgeon in Omaha and lives with his wife, the former Keeli Jenkins, daughter Lindsey, 11, and son Bryce 8. He is the team orthopaedic surgeon for UNO, Dana College, and the US Olympic Ski Team. Kirk has served his former community on many occasions by providing physicals to PHS athletes and his office is always open to any PHS athlete needing medical assistance.


    Max Linder
    Max graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1968. He lettered in football for 3 years, basketball 3 years, and track 4 years. He was World Herald Athlete of the Year in 1968, Football All-State '67 with an Honorable Mention '66, All-American at the Quarterback position '68, Basketball All-State honorable mention '67 & '68, and played in the Football Shrine Bowl in '68. He won first place in the 120 yd high hurdles and second place in the mile relay at the State Track Meet in '68. Max was on the honor roll 4 years.

    After high school, Max went to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he played football. While there he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1975.

    Max is now an ophthalmologist in Lincoln. He is married to Patricia, who taught at PHS from 1972-77. They have three children Jed, 22, Megan 20, and Betsy 17.


    Ran Nielsen
    Ran graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1976. He lettered in cross-country 3 years and track 4 years. He was one of the 2 Mile Relay All-Class Gold Medal State Champions in '75, placed tenth individually in State Cross-Country in '75, was Conference Champion in the 880 in '76, and District Champion in the 880 in '76, placed second in the 880 at the State Meet in '76 and second in the 440 in '75, Team State Champion in Cross Country in '75 and Team State Champion in Track in '76. Ran was also in Band and Math Club.

    After PHS, he attended Wayne State College where he lettered in track 3 years and set a school record in the one mile relay in 1981. He graduated from Wayne with a BA in Science and a BS in Physical Education. He is now a science teacher and track/cross-country coach of highly successful teams in Wichita, Kansas. He was named Kansas State Coach of the Year in 1998 for Cross-Country and Track. His girls 3200 Relay Team has the State of Kansas 5A record, his boys are State Champions in the 800m run, and one of his girls is the Cross-Country Individual State Champion of Kansas.
    He has had two State Team Championships in Cross-Country.

    Ran and his wife, Tish, have a son, Zach 9 and a daughter, Ariann, 5.


    Scott McKnight
    Scott graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1975. He lettered in cross-country 3 years, basketball 3 years, and track 4 years. He was Scholar/Athlete of the Year in 1975, Cross-Country MVP '73 and '74, Track MVP in '75, and Basketball MVP '75. He was a member of the State Champion Cross Country Team in both '73 and '74 placing third individually in '73. He was one of the 2 Mile Relay All-Class Gold Medal State Champions in '75. President of National Honor Society and Vice-president of Math Club are two of his other high school accomplishments.

    At Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Scott participated in cross-country 4 years, indoor track 4 years, outdoor track 4 years. He was Conference Champion of the Indoor 880 and the Indoor and Outdoor two mile relay three times and set a school record for the Distance Medley. In 1979 he graduated from college and went to medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-graduating from there as an ophthalmologist in 1983.

    Scott married the former Debbie Fleming and they have two sons, Dustin and Brett. They reside in Liberty, Missouri.


    Tad Freeburg
    Tad graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1976. He lettered in basketball 2 years, cross-country 3 years, and track 3 years. He was a member of the State Class B Champion Cross Country Team 3 years, the State Champion Track Team in '76, and one of the 2 Mile Relay All-Class Gold Medal State Champions in '75, and the Class B State Mile Champion in '76. Individually, he set school records in the Two Mile and the One Mile Run. Tad was also a member of the PHS Band.

    At Nebraska Wesleyan University, he ran cross-country in '76 and '77. He also participated in track '77, '78, '79, '80. Tad was a member of the Wesleyan Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and the UNMC Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Medical Degree in 1985.

    Tad is now an anesthesiologist at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. He and his wife, Lisa, have one son, Connor. They are members of Living Faith United Methodist Church.


    Tim Keil
    Tim graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1975. While at PHS he lettered in track 4 years, basketball 2 years, and cross-country 3 years. He was one of the 2 Mile Relay All-Class Gold Medal State Champions in '75. He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and after graduating with a BA there, he attended Law School at Columbia University. He is the vice-president of the Legal Division of Alltel in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    Tim and his wife Stephanie of 21 years, have two children, Danny 11 and Katie 9.