BLOG: Local educators enter Shippensburg Hall of Fame


York Catholic graduate and Red Lion football strength and conditioning coach Ron Johnson was recently inducted into the Shippensburg University Athletic Hall of Fame, along with Littlestown grad John Sell.

Irish grad Ron Johnson set for Hall of Fame induction

However, the two standout football players weren't the only 2016 Shippensburg Hall of Famers with York County ties.

After their athletic careers, inductees Jay Kipp and Don Stankus found their way to the York area as educators.

Kipp, a 1992 grad of Shippensburg, was an All-American first baseman with the baseball team who ranks second in school history with 144 RBIs. He is also third all-time in batting average at .383 and was a conference and regional champion.

Jay Kipp

Kipp is in his 10th year working at Northeastern High School.  He is currently in his sixth year in the classroom, having spent the four years prior as an assistant principal. He is also a PIAA football referee in the York-Adams League.

Stankus was a 1956 grad of Shippensburg and was a standout member of the football and track and field teams.

Stankus was a part of Red Raider football teams that hold the PSAC record for the longest winning streak at 20 straight wins from 1951-54.

During his all-conference senior season in 1955, Stankus led Shippensburg in scoring with six touchdowns and 43 points after. He also led the team in total offense with 75 carries for 452 yards on the ground and six catches for 134 yards receiving.

Don Stankus

Shippensburg also won more than 40 dual- and tri-track meets during Stankus’ time there.

After graduation and a stint in the Marine Corps, Stankus taught math for 35 years at York Suburban High School. He also coached a number of sports, including football, basketball, track and golf.

The 2016 class was inducted during an Oct. 28 ceremony.