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Yearbook photo of Bruce Bishop
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Yearbook photo of Bruce Bishop

Bruce Bishop, PHS 1969, was a standout athlete in track & field, leading his team to win state in 1969. He took first place in the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, and long jump, and PHS was the only school outside Milwaukee ever to win the WISAA State Track & Field Meet in its (then) 21-year history. He was also the anchor leg of the 880-yard relay. The team beat Milwaukee Pius, the favored team, by five points. Bruce still holds records for each of his events at PHS and NDA. He attended the University of Miami on a football scholarship and transferred to Xavier University where he majored in marketing.

Bruce married Cheryl Reimer in 1976 and together they have one daughter and two sons. After marrying a teacher, he went back to college and earned his B.S. in Education and taught at De Pere Middle School where he became a popular teacher with his students. He coached middle school football and high school track while also running the Ski Club, Camera Club, and was D.J. for the Middle School Dances.

Bruce’s love is the water, and, after retiring from teaching and moving his family to Door County, he went on to numerous jobs that would put him in his favorite element. He continues to teach Coast Guard Captain’s Licensing, being a private captain on two yachts, serving as Port Captain in winter for Great Lakes Fleet, and squeezing in time on his own 42-foot Schooner, Friendly. He is also a licensed Tugboat Captain. Prior to his water activities, Bruce ran the Door County YMCA’s Martial Arts Program for 12 years after earning a Black Belt and Ivory Sticks in four different styles. He and Cheryl enjoy traveling, and their current favorite place is Portugal with Puerto Rico holding a close second. While they love to travel, they dislike leaving their two Newfoundland dogs and two cats for too long. They hope to do a lot more traveling in the future as soon as Bruce actually retires.

  • 2018