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Richard D. Hupper, former superintendent of Southern York County School District, died Tuesday at age 74.

Hupper was the superintendent for the district from 1974 until 1999. After he left, the auditorium at Susquehannock High School was named after him.

Hupper had quite an impact over the 25 years he spent with the district.

Wayne McCullough, chief financial and operations officer for the district, worked with Hupper for 10 years before Hupper's retirement in 1999.

“In my mind ... Dr. Hupper carried himself with unconditional dignity and respect at all times,” he said.

'High regard': McCullough said Hupper was well-known among teachers and students alike. To students, he was very visible because he attended many of the school events at the district.

“They all knew him, they had high regard for him,” he said.

To teachers, McCullough said Hupper was "what leaders should be."

“I think they had the highest respect and regard for him as an educator,” he said.

McCullough said Hupper was very positive, always expecting something positive to happen every day he went into work.

“He came every day with a goal, every day, to make something positive happen, and he made sure it happened,” he said.

Advocacy: McCullough said Hupper valued the arts.

“That was just an important aspect of Dr. Hupper, the passion to support the arts,” he said.

Hupper received the outstanding superintendent award from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association in 1993.

Hupper was also an advocate for more school funding, something he continued to push even after his retirement.

“He really made it a passion of his and a commitment," McCullough said.

“He spent hours, days, advocating with local legislators, state legislators,” he added.

McCullough said Hupper emphasized growth within the district, adding that Hupper described growth as "putting constant pressure on a gas pedal."

"Every day there was some growth, and that was very important to him," he said.

After his retirement, Hupper worked at the York County School of Technology as superintendent of record, according to his obituary. He also worked at Shippensburg University and South Eastern School District.

Hupper is survived by his wife, Pauline, his son Richard David Hupper, and his sisters Dolly Berkheimer, of Mechanicsburg, Nancy Coral, of Tampa, and Rita Dietrich, of Philadelphia, according to his obituary.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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