Bill Jantsch joined the Dubuque Senior High School staff as a Science teacher, sophomore basketball coach, and head football coach in 1969. Bill was recognized as “Coach of the Year” several times in basketball, baseball, and football. He led Dubuque Senior to the school’s first M.V.C. football championship in 1971. He became Senior’s Activity Director in 1973, helping to initiate the women’s athletic programs. He was also instrumental in development of the soccer complex and the hiring of full time athletic trainers for the Dubuque Schools. Bill assumed the D.C.S.D.’s position of Athletic Director in 1982. Bill Jantsch has been an active member of the IHSADA, was twice selected “District Athletic Director of the Year” and was recognized with the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1996. Bill retired in 1997.
Dr. Edward Roy Bartels
Dr. Edward Roy Bartels, a 1944 graduate, was a four-sport star at Dubuque Senior High School, participating in wrestling, basketball, track and football. As a football player, he played all three years at Senior, helping the Rams to the Mississippi Valley Conference Championship in 1943. As a center for the team, he was selected co-captain, received Senior’s Gold Athletic Award, and was named first-team All State. Doctor Bartels received his B.S. degree from the University of Iowa in 1949 and graduated from the U.I. medical school in 1953. He died in 1960 at the age of 34.
Dr. Chad Wisco
Dr. Chad Wisco, a 1975 graduate, was a two-sport star who accumulated 5 major letters. After his senior basketball season, he was named second-team Mississippi Valley Conference and fifth-team all state. In baseball, Dr. Wisco was named first-team Mississippi Valley Conference and third-team all state. He was selected as Dubuque Senior’s Outstanding Male Athlete in 1975. Dr. Wisco attended Cornell College where he was a four-year starter in basketball, twice the team’s M.V.P., a two time first-team all-conference selection and the all time leading scorer in the school’s history. He received his B.A. degree from Cornell College in 1979 and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1984.
Dr. Gretchen Fuerste
Dr. Gretchen Fuerste was an outstanding athlete on Dubuque Senior High School’s women’s tennis teams from 1966 – 1970, lettering for the varsity tennis team all four of her high school seasons. During those seasons, she played No. 1 for the team and led the 1970 Ram team to a 10-1 record. Also in 1970, Dr. Fuerste highlighted her career when she teamed with Anne Graves to win the State Tennis Doubles Championship. Dr. Fuerste played on the Northwestern University women’s tennis team from 1970 to 1974, graduating with a BA in Bio-Chemistry. She graduated from the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine in 1978.
Jodi Meyer Heim
Jodi (Meyer) Heim was a three-sport standout who accumulated six (6) Major “D” letters at Senior High. Jodi lettered two years as a guard for the basketball team and two years in track and field, while setting a school record in the shot put and winning both city and M.V.C. championships. In softball, Jodi starred as a catcher on the 1976 and 1977 teams. The team was ranked No. 1 in the state, participated in the State Meet both seasons, finishing 3rd both years. In 1977 Jodi received First-Team M.V.C. honors and was selected to the First-Team All State Team as a catcher.
Mike Zahren, a 1972 Dubuque Senior High School graduate, was a talented three-sport athlete for the Rams. Mike lettered two years in baseball as a catcher and shortstop, being named second-team M.V.C. and honorable mention all state as a senior. In basketball, Zahren was a three-year letterman, again garnering second-team all conference and honorable mention all state honors. It was in football, however, that Mike really excelled. As a two-year starter, he lead the Rams to the Mississippi Valley Conference Championship in 1971: their first championship in 28 years. Zahren was named first-team All State quarterback by both the I.D.P.A. and Des Moines Register at the conclusion of the ’71 season. In the spring of 1971 he accepted a football scholarship to attend the University of Iowa.