White Bear Lake FootBall History
Where Tradition Never Graduates
White Bear Lake High School's Football teams are adored by the fans and are supported by the community! We hope you enjoy this website and if you have anything to contribute, or have any questions or concerns- please do not hesitate to contact us. Go Bears!
Football at White Bear dates back almost to the time the school graduated it's first students in 1896. The Bears first official game came in 1913 when White Bear defeated South St. Paul 36-6.
In the fall of 1921 Dick Bradley was selected as White Bear's first football coach. White Bear's only defeat in the period of 1926-1928 came from an encounter with Stillwater. Bradley was elevated to the position of Athletic Director. During the thirty years that Coach Bradley coached, the Bears had only three seasons where the record book shows more defeats then victories.
In 1948 the Lions Club backed a drive for the lighting of Price Field. Price Field, named in honor of long time school board member Charles Price, was dedicated in 1948 before a crowd of 4,000 fans.
In 1952 the White Bear football team was guided by Dick Mulkern. Mulkern, an assistant under Bradley, Coached the Bears for ten years. Durning this time, White Bear won suburban championships and finished in the first division every year but one. Mulkern left White Bear to become the head football coach at Hamline University.
In 1962 DuWayne Deitz was hired to carry on the winning tradition at White Bear. From 1962 to 1969 Coach Deitz compiled an outstanding record of 50 wins, 18 losses, and 4 ties. His teams of 1968 and 1969 put together a string of sixteen consecutive wins. In 1969 Deiz left White Bear to become the head football coach at the College of St. Thomas.
Fred Konrath became White Bear's fourth football Coach in 1970 when he took over from Deitz after serving as an assistant for five years. In just his second season, Konrath and his staff guided the Bears to an undefeated season and the St.Paul Suburban Championship. Konrath and staff highlighted their coaching careers by winning the 1976 Class AA State Football Championship with a win over Cloquet.
White Bear schools split during the 1972-73 school year. Paul Mork became Mariner's one and only head football coach. Buzz Johnson became White Bear's Football coach in 1978. White Bear schools merged back together during the fall of the 1983-84 school year with Mork being named the head football coach. His 1983 and 1984 teams won the St.Paul Suburban Conference Championships.
In 1993 White Bear hired Bob Jackson from Spring Lake Park where they had successful football program, culminating in the 1991 Class A state Championship. Coach Jackson and staff have guided the Bears to 112 victories and four trips to the state Football Tournament and two conference championships.
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