Hornbeck, Hilton a good combo at BSHS
When the Bonner Springs school district hired Joe Hornbeck as vice principal at Bonner Springs High School they made an excellent choice because they got Joe’s expertise not only as an administrator but also as a former high school football coach with nine years of experience.
Joe is also a good leader in academics, having written a book called “The Next Level,” and he has made many appearances in cities throughout the United States discussing his book. Hornbeck has visited 29 cities in the United States, and he teams up with James Crabtree who is affiliated with a radio talk show on 810 AM. Joe speaks on how to prepare students for college sports scholarships. This would be a good book for parents with children of any age who are inclined or may be interested in a college scholarship. Al Stulick and I visited with Joe recently, and he introduced us to new BSHS athletics director John Hilton. What John is interested in doing is recognizing all nine of our state championship teams at Bonner Springs High School.
To date, only two teams have been recognized on plaques in the new gym. Joe asked me for some help in getting information on the other seven teams, and I got Albert to assist me since I can’t see.
This turned out to be quite a chore as most of the records I had on high school statics have been discarded since I can no longer read them.
A good example is getting names on the 1973 boys track team that won the state title and the same year the indoor track team also won state. Most of the names we came up with were combined with the two teams.
For years I have been trying to get due recognition for all of our state champions. Our 1980 girls track state championship team never did get a banner hung in the gym, but I believe John will make a big effort to accomplish this. I am very impressed with the athletic director that took over for Garold Baker who resigned to take a position at Turner.
Bonner Springs football coach Lew Kasselman now has a good source to go to as Joe has nine years’ experience coaching at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Grandview (Mo.) High School, and a large high school in Des Moines, Iowa. Joe made the decision to get into the administration end of education and gave up coaching. Hilton also has had many years of experience as a head football coach, and with the size of John and Joe, I think they could probably still play football — especially with the Chiefs. Joe married Melissa McGraw, a well-known name to the community, and they have four children, including twins.