For his outstanding contributions as a high school teacher, John is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Ruth and Thomas Robbe of Savanna, Illinois.
John E. Shimp was born in Naperville, Illinois. He received a four year scholarship to the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, where he played football. While John was attending, the team won two conference titles. He attended school there for three and a half years and then was called to service with the US Army. He had been invited to try out with the Philadelphia Eagles football team, but had to decline when Uncle Sam called.
John’s first teaching position came in 1946 in Blairstown, Iowa, where there were only two men on the faculty. The four room school house and gym were in the local Legion of Honor Hall. John was the physical education teacher, plus coached boys and girls basketball.
John came to Savanna Community High School in 1949, where he served as the physical education and health teacher. He coached football, track and basketball. He was coach of the 1950 Illowa Conference champs with an 8-0 record.
Mr. John Shimp was a man among men who expected your best and settled for no less. From your first day on the football gridiron, he treated you as a man and demanded your respect. This was done through his discipline, desire, dedication and moral values. He made you feel it was important no only to play hard on the football gridiron, but on the gridiron of life. Mr. Shimp exemplified the true teacher who passed along much more than his education to the young men who played ball and were taught by him.