Ralph H. Burde
Year Inducted: 1987
Even in his Little League days Ralph was a big man, hitting numerous home runs out of the Little League Parks throughout Port Huron. His all-star team finished second in the state.
At Port Huron High he lettered in football, wrestling and track. In football he was All-conference, honorable mention All-State and voted the outstanding Defensive Player of the Year as middle guard. He made All-Conference as a heavyweight wrestler, was Regional Champion and finished third in the state meets. He was a shot-putter in track.
In 1969 Ralph was a football All-Conference defensive tackle at Central Michigan University, and in 1970 became CMU’s first ever Academic All-American in any sport when he received that honor in football. As a wrestler at CMU, he was Michigan AAU Open Champion in 1968, Conference runner-up in 1969 and Conference Champion in 1970, all as a heavyweight.
In 1971 Ralph won the inaugural “Dan Rose Award” as the outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year at CMU.
His professional career as a Michigan educator has seen Ralph serve as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Kent City, Assistant High School Principal at Lowell, Secondary School Principal at Manton and Superintendent of Schools at Posen and Newaygo.