Robert Wheeler 1969-1973
Robert Wheeler was a three-sport athlete who graduated from SSHS in 1973 and continued his football career at Missouri Valley College for the next two years where he majored in business and also participated in track. His post-high school academic achievements include obtaining an associate degree in Marine Electronics in the US Navy and graduating with a B.A. in Work Force Education from Southern Illinois University. While in high school, many athletic honors came Robert’s way. In football, he was a member of the I-70 All-Conference team three times and on the All-District first team and All-State lists (honorable mention) during his senior year. During his junior year, the football Greyhounds were I-70 Champs. For his senior season (1972), Robert was a defensive back, halfback, punt and kickoff returner who led the Greyhounds to second place in the I-70 Conference finishing just behind eventual state 1-A football champions, University High. Robert’s 1685 all-purpose yards resulted in his #40 jersey being retired. Basketball was also a sport where Robert excelled, receiving All-Conference recognition twice. He still holds four top 20 Greyhound basketball records. Robert played one year of baseball at SSHS and also holds the distinction of designing the original S-Club patch.