Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977

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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)

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referencedIn Lexington Cemetery (Lexington, Ky.). Cemetery records, 1849-[ongoing]. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
creatorOf Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977. [Personal papers of Adolph Rupp] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
creatorOf Personal Papers of Adolph Rupp, 1967-1977 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library University Archives
referencedIn Johnson, Nancy Foley. Mulligan and Foley family papers and photographs, 1878-1986. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Rash, Dillman. Papers. 1888-1979. The Filson Historical Society
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associatedWith Johnson, Nancy Foley. person
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Birth 1901-09-02

Death 1977-12-10



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