Inductees For a quarter of a century Walter Grebe was Mr. Football at Farmington High School.
Starting in 1937 through the 1961 season, Grebe was one of the state's most successful football coaches at one time producing four unbeaten teams and losing only two games in a six season period.
A graduate of Western Illinois University, Grebe coached all sports at Farmington High from 1937 until the early 1950s. He coached basketball for 18 seasons, track and field for 10 and was baseball coach for 30 years. The Farmington High baseball diamond is named in his honor.
Compiling a career record of 149-68-14, Grebe put together his most powerful football teams beginning in 1945 when the Farmers went 8-0-1. He was unbeaten in 10 games the following year, lost just one game in 1947 and 1948 and produced unbeaten teams in 1949 and 1950 for a six season record of 53-2-2.
His teams won 10 lllio Conference titles, had five unbeaten conference seasons, never finished below second place and at one time won 27 consecutive conference games.
A Paul Harris Fellow, Grebe is a member of the Western Illinois University Hall of Fame, where he was a 140-pound quarterback, and the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
HIS FOOTBALL RECORD
For a quarter of a century Walter Grebe was Mr. Football at Farmington High School.
This East Peoria native and Spalding ('82) graduate took the Irish to the 1982 state finals before obtaining an industrial engineering degree from Northwestern where he was an All-Big Ten catcher in 1985 and 1986. Drafted in the 5th round MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, Joe turned a successful major league playing career into a managerial career, first as bench coach of the New York Yankees, and recently as manager of the Florida MarIin.