Hall of Fame Inductees, Alphabetically by Last Name Reuben Schleifer – Chester

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Coach.  There was a time when the purple and gold uniformed Bulldogs of Chester High School in Thayer County were at the top of the charts in Class D athletics. During the twentieth century, Coach Reuben Schleifer deserves much credit for this athletic success. Following his service in World War II, he spent forty-one years teaching at this locale. For ten years he coached football and track with a record of 58-18 including an undefeated season. His basketball coaching career covered thirty years with a record of 456-167. In 1953, his good guidance brought the Chester Bulldogs to a Class D State Championship in Lincoln with a great record that year of 24 wins and no losses. Of many just awards, this teacher-coach is most proud of being selected Nebraska Outstanding Teacher by Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1988.