Coach Ray Wilson (1900-1997)
Ray Wilson came to SSHS as a physical education teacher, coach, and science teacher in 1930. He grew up in Lebanon, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri then graduated from Springfield State College with a B.S. in Education. Coach Wilson served as coach of the girls and boys basketball teams as well as boys and girls softball teams until 1958. His 1948 team won both the Missouri Valley and the Blackburn basketball tournaments. The 1957 boys softball team was undefeated. He also was very proud of having coached Maury John who went on to become a “world-class coach” as he described him. Coach Wilson would refinish the gym floor in the SSHS brick schoolhouse building each summer. His girls basketball teams played a half-court game – three on offense and three defense with several outstanding players. Coach Wilson retired from SSHS in 1966 and lived 21 years on the farm he loved near Houstonia. “Coach” moved to Seattle, Washington in 1991 and lived there until his death in 1997 at the age of 97.