Recently retired Yosemite Unified School District Superintendent and Badger football coach Steve Raupp will be honored Sept. 21 when the name of the playing field at Badger Stadium officially becomes "Raupp Field."
The ceremony will be held during half time of Yosemite's football game against Mendota and plans are underway to add "Raupp Field" to the scoreboard.
Raupp was first hired at Yosemite High in 1978 as a coach and a business teacher. He was named the school's third head varsity football coach in 1979 and served in that capacity for 11 years. In 1983 his team won the school's first league championship, upsetting then No. 1 state ranked small school Dos Palos.
Raupp also served as the school's head track and field coach between 1982 to 1990, winning six league championships. In 1984 he was named Yosemite's athletic director and in 1990 was appointed assistant principal at the school. In 1999, Raupp was named school principal, a position he held until 2009. .
In 2008 Raupp was named the Madera County School Administrator of the Year. He was named co-interim superintendent from October 2008 until July 1, 2009 when he became the superintendent.
Raupp, 59, retired from education June 30 after a 34-year career in the district.
When he retired, he said he especially enjoyed working directly with students as a teacher and coach and said best memories are from the football field. Especially two giant wins over powerhouse Dos Palos at home on a muddy field in 1983 and at Dos Palos the following year.
"In 1983, they were two-time defending CIF champions and had a 29 game win streak, the longest in the state at the time and we were coming off a 2-8 season," Raupp remembers. With the Broncos ahead 7-3, they fumbled inside their 10-year line and the Badgers quickly scored on a play action pass and Yosemite had the 10-6 upset victory.
The two teams ended the season as league co-champs.
The very next year, the Badgers beat Dos Palos 14-10 to end the Bronco's 67-game home win streak. The Badgers won league going 5-0. The team was down to 19 players by the end of the season but still managed a school record that still stands today -- seven shutouts, giving up just 33 points -- least in the state that year.
"In a four year span Dos Palos won four CIF championships and lost only two games ... both to us," Raupp said. "We were ranked as high as No. 3 in the Cal-Hi small school division that year."
Raupp and the Badgers went on to win additional championships in 1984 and 1987, and were ranked as high as third in the state's small school division during his tenure.
After departing from the district, Rauppaccepted a part time position with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Section as the North Area Supervisor.