But, in the end, the board thought that these six stood above all others for the honor of the first class -- which included Jimmy Rayl, Jim "Goose" Ligon, Don Johnson, Tom Underwood, Pat Underwood and Charles "Rut" Walter.
CHARLES "RUT" WALTER
Charles "Rut" Walter will go down in the history books as one of the greatest athletes to ever play at Kokomo High School
.A 1925 graduate of Kokomo, Walter was a three-sport star.He
gained notoriety as a member of the 1925 IHSAA state runners-up basketball team, where he
was awarded the Gimbel Award.He
is one of only five KHS athletes to win the a Mental Attitude Award from the IHSAA, joining fellow HCSHF inductee Jimmy Rayl.
But, while everyone watched basketball, track was where he
excelled the most.He
was a seven-time IHSAA state champion in track, including: the half mile relay (1923 and 1924); the 220-yard dash (1924 and 1925); the mile relay (1924); the 100-yard dash (1925); and the 440-yard dash (1925).He was also a member of the 1924 and 1925 IHSAA state track championship team at KHS.He continued his track career at Northwestern University, where he was a three-time Big Ten champion in the 440-yard dash (1927-1929), and was the NCAA National Champion in that event in 1929. He
eventually ended up at the University of Wisconsin
as the Track and Field head coach (1960-61 and 1968-69), where he
led Badgers to five Big Ten Indoor Championships and 2 Outdoor Championships.And he was Wisconsin's Cross Country head coach (1961-63 and 1965-67).His
1969 track squad became the first in school history to win both the Big Ten indoor and outdoor track titles in the same season, and he
coached 57 student-athletes to league track titles during his
tenure while registering a 50-9 dual record in track meets at UW.