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Ken Yonkee

Ken Yonkee
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Ken graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1949 where he earned 2 letters in varsity baseball under the tutelage of 2014 Circle of Achievement inducted Bill Ross. After graduation from Beaver Falls High School he attended Geneva College where he majored in Education and played 2 years of baseball.

His college education was interrupted by the U.S. Army in 1953-55-U.S. Army, Military Police Unit (Fourth Army). He played baseball for 2 seasons at Camp Leroy Johnson before he returned to Geneva College in 1956 and graduated with a B.S. in Education. After graduation from Geneva he joined the faculty at Highland Junior High School and taught General Science. Ken then enrolled in graduate school at University of Pittsburgh, earning his Master’s Degree in Education plus certification in Guidance and Secondary Principleship.

From 1968-1981 Ken was the Superintendent at Riverside School District. He started the varsity football program, completed construction of a football stadium, renovated Industrial Arts facility and built the 5th- 8th grade Middle School to house 750 students. As superintendent of schools at Riverside he was responsible of hiring the following personnel: Football – Karl Florie, Ron Sciarro, Alan Guandolo, Frank Henn and Bill Suit. Basketball – John Miller, Joe Fisher, and Bob Rak, and Baseball – Dan Oliastro and John Marnicio.

From 1981-1986, he acted as the Superintendent of Schools at Blackhawk where he hired Jack Fullen as athletic director, Bob Amalia as Baseball Coach. He introduced Computer Science Labs at Blackhawk High School and Highland Jr. High School. He was a member of the Blackhawk School Foundation (Chaired Classroom Enrichment Grant) and added Latin and Foreign Language Department to Blackhawk High School.

From 1987-1997, Ken was Superintendent of Schools at Yellow Springs, Ohio. There, he restarted Varsity Football and brought Larry Bruno and his wife to Yellow Springs for a week to mentor new coach. He developed a comprehensive interdisciplinary studies program at Interim School.

Ken was named Administrator of the Year in 1995 by the Ohio School Orchestra Association. He also taught 4 years as an adjunct instructor at Antioch University.

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