Rudy Skorupa
Graduation Year: 1973
Induction Year: 2013
Sport (s): Track and Field

Rudy G. Skorupa ’73 received a B.A. in Physics and earned four letters in track and field and one in wrestling. A captain of the track team and its high-point scorer as a senior, Skorupa was voted the Tigers’ MVP in both 1972 and 1973.  Skorupa qualified for the NCAA meet all four years and, at the time of his induction, still held the DePauw indoor long jump record and was third on the outdoor list. He finished in the top four in the long jump at the Little State meet three times and won the event in 1972. As a wrestler his freshman year, Skorupa finished second in the 142-pound class in the Indiana Collegiate Conference tournament. He was nominated by Coach Harvey for a Rhodes Scholarship and graduated with distinction.

Skorupa received his M.A. in Education from Purdue University Calumet. He has been teaching science at Lake Central High School in St. John, Ind., for 40 years. In 1985 he was named the “Outstanding Physics Teacher” by the Indiana section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Skorupa has served as Lake Central’s boy’s track and field and cross country teams for 39 years. In track, Lake Central won 11 conference titles, 20 sectional titles, and two regional titles. In cross country, the team won three conference titles, 19 sectional titles, 10 regional titles, and one semi-state title.  Lake Central has qualified for the state finals 10 times with a third-place finish in 1982, and a runner-up finish in 1983. Skorupa also served four years as a head coach for the Indiana All-Star Track Team. Skorupa currently lives with his wife Peggy and they are the parents of Brett and Megan Nellesson.