Long-time Topeka educator celebrates 89th birthday

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A long-time educator in the Topeka school system celebrated his 89th birthday in a special way.

Bob Jennings served the Topeka school district as a coach, teacher, and administrator from 1957 until 1991.

Friends, family and alumni from his time as a coach and teacher at Highland Park High School showed up on Saturday to celebrate Jennings birthday.

He was born and raised in the Oakland area of Topeka.

He graduated from Topeka High School in 1948, then attended Washburn University on a full-ride football scholarship.

He married his wife Patricia in 1952, and had two daughters who are also retired educators.

Those that know Bob said he was a terrific coach, teacher, and school administrator.

Jennings former player Chuck Lower said, "He was my football coach my senior year and probably the best coach and the nicest guy I ever associated with."

Former administrator in the Topeka school district, Bob Hays said, "He's always been one of the most forthright, honest guys I ever known."

Jennings said his most memorable time in his life, was his time at Highland Park High School. He said, "The Highland Park kids have always been good kids. I'm thankful these guys were willing to take their time to show up."

Jennings retired from USD 501 in 1991, after 39 years in education.