Rick Bowden, a St. John alum, was inducted posthumously into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame after his death earlier this year.
Three individuals have been selected for induction into the Kansas State High School Activities Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Awards will be presented during second semester, 2014, in conjunction with a KSHSAA-sponsored State function /championship or locally, at the inductee's request. The time and location of each induction ceremony will be announced at a later date @ www.kshsaa.org.
Rick Bowden, Jennifer Kirkpatrick and Chuck Porter are the three inductees to this year’s class.
Bowden a St. John alumnus was inducted posthumously after his death in 2013.
From 1993-2011, Bowden served as an Assistant Executive Director at the Kansas State High School Activities Association. During his tenure with the KSHSAA he served as the administrator for football, wrestling, baseball, softball, and track & field. He was also responsible for the annual school classification, liaison to Kansas Coaches Association and worked with KSHSAA registered officials.
Bowden served in several leadership positions with the NFHS (National Federation of State HS Assn.) including a member of Football Rules Committee, Softball Rules Committee and Track & Field Rules Committee. In 2009 he received the NFHS Section 5 Citation for Contributions to State HS Activities. Prior to his work at the KSHSAA Bowden was a teacher and coach for 19 years (Goddard, Wichita-West, & Downtown Law & Public Service Magnet HS in Wichita). He also served in the Kansas House of Representatives for nine years, serving as the Chairman of the House Education Committee.
Jennifer (Gruver) Kirkpatrick was a stand-out track and field athlete at Scott Community High School. During her four-year career, she earned 16 medals at the state track and field meet – 12 gold & four silver. She captured four gold medals in the 100M high hurdles and four gold medals in the long jump. In addition, she picked up three gold medals in the triple jump, one gold medal in the 300 M low hurdles, along with three silver medals in the 300M low hurdles and a silver medal in the 400M dash. Her four gold medals her senior year gave the team a third place finish at the state meet. A three-sport letter-winner at Scott Community HS, in volleyball and basketball, she received all-league status all four years and was named an All-State Player of the Year her senior year in basketball. Honors include Kansas Governors Scholar, and named 1992 Hutchinson News “Female Athlete of the Year”.
Coach Porter has been involved in some of the most storied athletic programs in Kansas and has been involved in multiple state championships as a head coach and assistant coach. In football, he has played a major role in seven state titles - four as an assistant at Kapaun Mt. Carmel HS (1970-1974), and three as a head coach - one at Bishop Carroll HS (1978) and two at Wichita-East HS (1982, 1983). Along with two runner-up finishes are 3 semifinalist places and 9 district titles in addition to four Wichita City League and three Chisholm Trail titles (while at Buhler HS). Coaching in several other activities, he had tremendous success in golf, capturing numerous regional and league titles and making several state appearances. Honors include Kansas Coach of the Year (Football) five times, Shrine Bowl Assistant & Head Coach, City League Coach of the Year and inducted into Buhler Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.