Among the thousands of Logansport residents is a retired educator and coach who was once a member of the Chicago Bulls.
Dave Schellhase, who served as Logansport High School’s dean and taught health and physical education, is a former Purdue All-American and Academic All-American. He also has been named Logansport’s Citizen of the Week.
“Dave has led a remarkable life and is one of many examples of people from diverse backgrounds we attract to Logansport who come to love this community,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said Friday. “Dave has lived many places and traveled the country extensively, but I’m proud he calls Logansport home. It makes a statement to those who are considering moving to Logansport.”
A week from this coming Tuesday marks the 53-year anniversary of an historic day for Schellhase and Purdue. On Feb. 19, 1966, he set a Purdue record when he scored 57 points against Michigan in Ann Arbor. It still represents the most points scored by a Purdue player in a road game and the second-highest single-game total in school history. Schellhase did it at a time when the three-point shot had not been introduced in college basketball.
An Evansville native, he led the state in scoring his senior year in high school and was named to the Indiana All-Star. He also led the nation in scoring as a college senior. He became an assistant coach at Purdue before becoming a head coach at Clinton Central High School and later Morehead State. Many of his teams were among the best in the NAIA. He later coached the Indiana State Sycamores.
Schellhase will receive a $20 gift certificate to a local restaurant and a certificate from the Mayor’s Office. The Citizen of the Week is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and recognizes local natives, residents or former residents.
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell