Sports Hall of Fame – 2006


Doug Boeckman

Doug worked in the Dubuque Community School District from 1971 to 2002. Doug taught physical education at Dubuque Senior from 1983 through 1994 and was a Guidance Counselor at Dubuque Senior from 1994 thru 2002. During his thirty-one years in Dubuque Community schools, he was the assistant coach for the highly successful women’s basketball program for twenty-seven years. He coached football for twenty years (winning a sophomore MVC championship) and baseball for thirteen years – ten as the varsity head coach, taking his 1977 team to a third place finish in the State Tournament. Throughout his years at Dubuque Senior, Mr. Boeckman was an outstanding role model for students and athletes. He is presently retired and living with his wife, Suzanne, in Dubuque.


Roger Carlson

Roger, a 1956 graduate of Dubuque Senior, starred in both football and track. In track, Roger was outstanding in both the shot put and discus. During the 1956 season he was the captain of Dubuque Senior’s track team. That season he also threw an Iowa history best 59’11 3/4 “ in the shot, broke the A. A. U. record with a throw of 53′ 6 ½”, won both the Drake Relays shot and discus events, and had the third best shot put throw in the nation. Mr. Carlson attended the University of Iowa and later Fort Hayes State Teachers College in Kansas, both on track scholarships. Roger and his wife Betty presently live in Dubuque.


Anne Graves

Anne, a 1970 Dubuque Senior High School graduate, lettered four years in tennis. Her outstanding tennis career included winning the Mississippi Valley doubles championship four years and the Iowa State Doubles Championship her senior season. She received DSHS’s Outstanding Athlete Award and Scholastic Achievement Award in 1970. Anne was also her class valedictorian. Her tennis career continued in college at Maine’s Colby College, where she was Maine State Collegiate Runner-up in 1972. She is a special education administrator in Maine where she resides with her husband, Andrew, and her three children.


Tom Merritt

Tom graduated from Dubuque Senior in 1954, where he was a three-year letter winner in football, basketball, and track. Tom was a power running back for the Ram’s football team, an outstanding forward and rebounder for Johnny Orr’s basketball teams, including the Ram’s 1954 M. V. C. Co-championship squad. He was an extremely versatile track athlete who represented the Rams in both the Drake Relays and State Meet. Mr. Merritt attended the University of Dubuque on an athletic scholarship, graduating in 1960. He and his wife Delores lived in Dubuque and raised four sons. Tom retired from John Deere Tractor Works in 1986. He passed away in 2001.


Amy (Oleson) Boettner

Amy is a 1993 graduate of Dubuque Senior, and she was the recipient of that year’s Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award. An outstanding high jumper, Amy qualified for State three times and won both the Drake Relays and State high jump championships. In doing so, she also set both school and state high jump records with a jump of 5′ 10”. She was also selected to the Gatorade Circle of Champions for track and field excellence and placed 6 th in the high jump in the Keebler Internationals Prep Track and Field Invitational. Amy was also and all-state basketball player who helped lead the Rams to back-to-back District Championships. Amy attended the University of Northern Iowa on a track and field scholarship. She graduated from Indiana University in 2004 and now lives with her husband Scott in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


Suzanne (Rubie) Gassman

Suzanne, a 1985 graduate of Dubuque Senior, won seven Major D’s in three sports as a Ram. Suzanne was a three-year letter winner and co-captain in track and field. She was also a two-time letter winner, the leadership Award winner, and a starting guard for the Ram’s State Tournament consolation champion women’s basketball team. Suzanne also lettered twice in softball, while starting in the outfield for Senior’s 1985 State Champion squad. She was named honorable mention all-state. Suzanne later attended the University of Dubuque, where she was co-captain and the Most Valuable Player Award winner her senior season. Suzanne now lives in Platteville, Wisconsin, with her husband Stephen and their two children.