Dale Rapson

About This Inductee

Dale Rapson attended G.A.R. Memorial High School and graduated with the class of 1970. He was an outstanding basketball and baseball player in high school. He was the first basketball player to score 1000 points in the school’s history before ending his high school career with a total of 1,243 points. Dale was named to the Sunday Independent’s 196 All-Scholastic Team as a junior and a senior. He also made the batting average over .300 in his junior and senior years high school career in baseball. Dale was a three-year letterman in which he had a Wyoming Valley Conference Dream Team as both a junior and senior. Dale later went on to be co-captain of the Luzern County Community College’s 1970-1971 championship team which was nationally ranked as one of the top junior college teams in the country. The 1971-1972 team went on to become conference champions and finished with a school winning record of 24-1. Dale later went on to become a PIAA highs school and college basketball official for 21 years, during which time he was chosen to referee two Pennsylvania Eastern Finals Conference championship games. After retiring from officiating, he was named head coach of the Meyers Highs School girls basketball team, where he had a record of 96 wins with only 32 losses. During his five years coaching the girls team, he led the team to the school’s first ever District II basketball championship in 1996. As coach, he also led the Meyers team to two Wyoming Valley Conference championships and participated in the PIAA playoff games four out of five years. He also coached at the Keystone State Games in 1996 and won the junior division championship representing the Pocono region. Dale is currently the operations manager at Pocono Downs Racetrack, where during the past 21 years he has helped to make it one of the finest standardbred tracks in the country. Dale currently resides in Wilkes-Barre with his wife Pamela and their three children: Amber, Alicia and Dale, Jr.