FAMOUS ALUMS AND COACHES
Joe Pahr (class of 1946) -- earned 10 varsity letters (four each in baseball and basketball,
two in football), and went on to play at Valparaiso College (now University) as a member of the Crusader football team. Pahr
wound up an two-time All-American at Valpo (1950-51) and set both the school's career scoring mark (234 points) and career
rushing total (2,326) in just three seasons. Those figures lasted over 50 years before being surpassed by other players. Pahr
also scored 46 points in a basketball game during an era when teams didn't even average that many per game. Joe is a member
of both the Luther North and Valparaiso Athletic Hall of Fame.
Alvin Harks (class of 1946) -- Led Luther in rebounding and field goal percentage during
the 1945-46 season from his center position. Alvin was also a football star and was all-conference during his (and the school's)
first two seasons.
Wallace Pflug (class of 1955) -- An all-around athlete like Joe Pahr, he was an all-conference
pick in three sports and went on to play baseball at Yale.
Ed Krueger (class of 1956) -- As a freshman, Ed was a member of the final Luther Institute
football team that went undefeated. He later went on to gain all-conference honors for three years running, plus received
all-state mention his final two seasons.
Louis Menking (coach from 1930's-early 1950's) -- Had records been kept, he could have
been ranked as one of the top coaches for career winning percentage in basketball and baseball. Louis later served as the
first superintendent of the Lutheran High School Association and was an education executive in the 1970's.
Ted Leitz (football coach 1944-1952) -- Ted was the first head football coach at Luther
Institute as well as Luther North and served as the mentor at Walther Lutheran and Concordia in River Forest. His 1952 team
competed for the PSL title that season, as he built the program from scratch into an area power.
George Yursky (assistant football coach, 1945-1952) -- In helping Ted Leitz, George was
responsible for developing a winning tradition at Luther and Luther North, later taking over as Luther North's head coach in
1953 when Leitz left for Walther Lutheran. While in the head coach position, Yursky's teams went 18-3-3 over a three-year
period from 1959-61 and overall compiled a mark of 44-18-5.
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