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Tom Osborne, a former Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year who led the University of Nebraska to three national football championships as the Cornhuskers’ head coach, has been selected for the 2018 class of the National High School Hall of Fame, it was announced this week.

The Hall of Fame is administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Osborne, the 1955 Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year, is one of 12 individuals selected for the Hall of Fame.

“He’s obviously known for his coaching awards and Hall of Fame career as coach. But his athletic background is pretty incredible as well,” said Jerry Dunlap, Napa Valley College’s Associate Dean of Physical Education and Athletics, who played for Osborne in the Nebraska program from 1986 to 1991.

“He was quite a multiple-sport athlete. Obviously it’s a great honor. Those of us that played for him did know about his athletic background.”

Dunlap was a quarterback for Nebraska and climbed to second-team offense in the program. Osborne was his position coach with the Cornhuskers.

“He’s been a great influence, an integral part of my life,” Dunlap said Thursday. “Just to sit and learn from him on a daily basis … the way he went about his daily routine, how he was a manager of a program, how he was a role model to student athletes and coaches alike.”

Osborne compiled a 255-49-3 record in 25 years as Nebraska’s coach. He led the Cornhuskers to 25 straight bowl game appearances, 13 conference championships and three national titles.

Osborne received all-state honors in basketball and football at Hastings High School. In track and field, he won a state title in the discus and finished second in the 440-yard run.

Osborne was a member of the U.S. Congress for six years. He also spent five years as Nebraska’s Athletic Director.

“He did a lot of things for me,” said Dunlap, who is also NVC’s Athletic Director. “He helped me continue my education.”

Dunlap has degrees in health and kinesiology from Nebraska. He got his master’s in education administration with an emphasis in athletic administration from Nebraska.

Dunlap is a former P.E. teacher and football coach at Napa High. He was the Indians’ varsity head coach from 1997 to 2005, leading Napa to Monticello Empire League championships over his last four years. He was also the department chair for P.E. and health.

The National Federation of State High School Associations is based in Indianapolis.


Jeff King, a St. Helena High graduate, has been issued bib number 40 for the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The 46th running of the Iditarod will have 67 mushers. The race’s ceremonial start is on Saturday in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and D Street. The official re-start is on Sunday in Willow.

King finished last year’s Iditarod in 11th place. He completed the nearly 1,000-mile race, which began in Fairbanks, in nine days, 49 minutes, 42 seconds.

Officials announced that this year’s race will follow the southern route. The southern route has not been run since 2013 because of inadequate snowfall and poor trail conditions, according to a press release.

King is a four-time champion of the Iditarod and lives in Denali, Alaska.

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