ROBERT NIPPER (Deceased)
Inducted: June 12, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN (Posthumously)
Date of Birth: February 15, 1903 in Fort Wayne, IN
High School Attended: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical Graduated: 1922
High School Honors: All-City halfback 1920, 1921; All-Sectional basketball honors 1921, 1922; president of class.
College Attended: Butler University Graduated: 1926
College Honors: 4-year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball; All-State halfback 1925; 2-time All-Sectional basketball; basketball team captain 1926; lead team to National AAU basketball championship 1924 and selected All-Tourney.
Coaching Experience: Assistant football coach at Butler 4 years; head football coach at Shortridge High School 1931-1942; coached 1 year at DePauw University.
Coaching Honors: Shortridge won 4 City Championships and tied for 5 others during his tenure; team was ranked in the top 5 high school teams in Indiana 6 times; had 2 undefeated teams.
Special Recognition: Served as a Navy officer in World War II; while serving as athletic director at Shortridge after war, also served as Executive Secretary of the Indiana High School Coaches Association 21 years; established medals for 10-20-30 year coaches; organized first high school ootball amboree in Indianapolis in 1952, an idea that spread across Indiana with funds raised used to pay athletic insurance in schools that participated; inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, where he received Eckrich Silver Medal Award 1966.
Family: Wife, Helena (deceased)
Coach Nipper passed away October 16, 1993.