|Those of us that had the incredibly good fortune to have attended McKinley were blessed with the truly magnificent experience of knowing Coach “Jules” Blanke. One did not have to be an athlete to have had your life touched by Coach. His remarkable presence extended beyond the gym, the football field, or the baseball diamond. The guidance and direction that many of us received from "Mr. McKinley" have stayed with us throughout our lives.|
|Coach attended Rock Springs grammar school, in St. Louis, graduating in 1932.|
|The greatest Goldbug of them all attended McKinley from 1932 to 1936 where he lettered all four years in baseball and football.|
|Graduated from Central Missouri State Teachers College, in Warrensburg, Missouri in 1941, lettering in football all four years.|
|Jules received his Masters degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1947.|
|After graduating from Warrensburg in 1941, Coach's first teaching assignment was in Perryville, Missouri. With the outbreak of WW-II, he found himself in the Army, where he was an MP until 1944.||After being discharged from the Army, he spent a short time teaching in St. Charles before moving on to Cleveland High School for one year in 1945.|
Coach Blanke returned to his alma mater and began coaching at McKinley in 1946. After 35 years of providing inspiration, love and guidance to thousands of us, he retired in 1981. He genuinely cherished McKinley and all its students as much as we cherished him.
Jules and his beloved wife Martha were married for nearly 33 years at the time of his death. Those of us that have had the extraordinary personal pleasure of knowing this truly remarkable woman, can fully appreciate how wonderful a match it has been.
|We will always be "coached" throughout our lives for having known this incredible man.||Click here to read the compelling interview with Coach Blanke by Jackie Robinson Maloney '52.|