Former athletes honor Dale Clark


REED CITY ― Hall of Fame coach Dale Clark was remembered by Reed City High School athletics Thursday night at a special halftime program of the season-opening football game in which a plaque was dedicated in his memory.

One of his former athletes, Vern Schooley, who helped organize the event, noted that Clark coached the major sports at Reed City from 1941, continuing with cross country to 1975, with the exception of a stint in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Among the successes of Clark’s teams were winning the 1950 Class C state football title, going to the state quarterfinals in basketball that same year, winning the state track title in 1955 and taking runner-up in that sport in 1956.

Clark’s 1956 football team lost only one game and outscored the opposition 150-32. The basketball team was 14-2 and won the West Michigan Conference title that season.

“We had an excellent turnout for the dinner at Pere Marquette Catering with 44 athletes and guests from the 50’s and on, including most of the surviving members from the 1950 championship team,” Schooley said.

Several members of those teams were in attendance Thursday night. In 1980, Clark was inducted into the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame.

Herb Lindsey, another of Clark’s athletes who was an all-stater and Olympic distance qualifier, was also in attendance Thursday night.

Schooley, plus, Rod and Nancy Weck and Reed City Tool Inc., donated the plaque, which will be on permanent display at the entry to the athletic field.

“We also want to thank long time school board member, Mary Lou Proefrock and Jim Kingsbury for their efforts in coordinating with the local athletes who played for Coach Clark,” Schooley said.