Ed Kubuski came by his coaching career with some
impressive credentials. After graduation from Grafton High School,
he earned his teaching degree at Kent State and played on the
1942-43 basketball team. He played on several minor league baseball
teams beginning at the age of 19. Mainly a pitcher he played in the
New York Yankees and Washington Senators farm systems traveling
throughout Maryland and several other destinations.
Always proud of his military service, Ed was a staff
sergeant in the Army and served in Germany in World War II. He was a
squad leader in the 28th infantry division.
After prior coaching stints at Elyria Catholic, where
he met his wife Bernadine, the school secretary, and Grafton, “Big
Ed” was chosen as the first basketball coach at the newly
consolidated Midview High School. His Midview Teams accumulated a
record of 54 wins and 19 losses. In addition to his coaching
responsibilities which included baseball in the early 1970’s, he was
the school’s first Athletic Director. He later ran the scoreboard
and clock at basketball games and also “ran the chains” at home
football games. He had at one time taught Industrial Arts, Girls
Physical Education and Health classes.
His last stop was teaching Driver’s Education classes
which were a big hit with the students who enjoyed his sense of
humor which was legendary. He loved to make people laugh and counted
newly hired teachers as his favorite “victims”. Among his favorite
quips were “See you round like a doughnut” and “Save your string and
we’ll have a ball”. Midview High School was more enjoyable to its
students and faculty because of Ed Kubuski.
Ed and Bernadine were the parents of Tom, Margie and
Nancy. It is only fitting that the Kubuski Memorial Gymnasium stands
as a monument to his legacy.
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