Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977Alternative names
Rupp was born in Halstead, KS, in 1901. He attended KU from 1919-1923 and played basketball under the legendary KU coach, Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, where he was a player on the 1923 Championship team. He was hired to coach at the University of Kentucky in 1929, where he stayed until his retirement in 1972. During his 42-year career, Rupp won four championships, earned a winning average of .822, and did not coach a single losing season. In 1976, the new basketball arena at the University of Kentucky was named in his honor. He died in 1977.
From the guide to the Personal Papers of Adolph Rupp, 1967-1977, (University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library University Archives)