Past Potentate of the Oleika Temple of the Shrine and currently is a member of the board of directors of the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. He was selected as one of the 10 outstanding Shriners of the nation in 1950 and holds honorary memberships in various temples of the order throughout the country.
Recognized internationally in registered Hereford breeding circles, Rupp has several farms near Lexington on which he maintains one of the finest white-faced Hereford herds in the south and raises fine burley tobacco. He is now in a third term as president of the Kentucky Hereford Association and serves on the board of directors of the Kentucky Hereford Breeders Assn. and the Bourbon Beef Show. Rupp is called upon in the off season to go all over the country to speak on agricultural problems. The coach also is a director of the Central District Warehousing Corporation, world's largest tobacco marketing organization, and sits on the board directing activities of the Blue Grass Festival and Blue Grass Foundation.
In 1946, Coach Rupp was given the highest individual coaching honor in the cage world when he was elected to the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame sponsored by the Helms Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, Calif. The New York Basketball Writers' Association named him "Coach of the Year" for the re-building job he accomplished on the sophomore-studded 1949-50 Wildcats who succeeded the "Fabulous Five."
He was made an honorary citizen of New Orleans for the second time in 1951 and, at the same time, received the first plaque of appreciation ever awarded by the Sugar Bowl committee in recognition of his contributions to their annual tournament.
The Wildcat chief has written books on virtually every phase of the game of basketball, including a good seller entitled "Championship Basketball," and is in great demand during the off season to make speaking engagements and conduct clinics. Rupp made a third trip to Europe this past summer at the request of the Air Force to conduct a clinic for NATO Nations' Air Forces in Germany. His previous trips were in 1945 and 1951. He also has his own television and radio shows during the season and often is referred to in the press by such titles as "Mr. Basketball," "The Bluegrass Baron of Basketball," and "The Man In The Brown Suit," the latter stemming from his superstitious preference of brown as the color of his game-night wardrobe.
Born in Halstead, Kansas, Sept. 2, 1901, Rupp attended the