KCPS Honors Life and Legacy of Coach Jack Bush
Legendary basketball coach and public educator Jack Bush, who worked for 49 years in Kansas City Public Schools, passed away on Friday, Nov. 20.
Coach Bush graduated from Lincoln High School in 1944. He started coaching track at R.T. Coles Vocational School in 1952 and later coached at Manual High School. Bush then transferred to Central High School in 1968 and spent the next 33 years leading the Blue Eagles boys basketball squad. According to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame – where he was inducted in 2003 – he won 799 games and led the team to a dozen final four appearances in the state tournament. Central High School won the state title in 1979. He retired from KCPS in 2001.
Coach Bush earned the title as the “Dean of High School Basketball.” He was respected for his leadership and mentorship on and off the court. In 2017, the court at Central High School was renamed in his honor.
Team KCPS expresses its condolences to Coach Bush’s loved ones, celebrates his amazing life and dedicates itself to continuing his legacy in all of our schools.
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