A gifted athlete and leader, he was a
four-year football letterman at Wheeling High School. At Bethany College
he became a mainstay for the Bison. As a junior he was All-Tri-State as
an end and as a senior, AllWest Virginia as a guard and team captain. He
became a teacher at Tridelphia High School in 1935 and was assistant
football coach until 1943 when he became Tridelphia's head football
coach. After the season he was called to duty in the U.S. Navy as a
Physical Training Instructor. After serving in the military he returned
to Tridelphia and coaching football. His 1947, `48 and `49 teams won the
City of Wheeling Championships and the OVAC Championships. The 1948 &
`49 teams were undefeated. He coached the North team of West Virginia
North-South game in '48 & `49 to victories.
A fundamentalist with a great gift of organization who taught the single
wing offense to perfection, he was considered one of the giants in the
Ohio Valley coaching circles.
In 1950 he departed Tridelphia for Washington High School where he
brought the football program out of mediocrity to one of the WPIAL's
elite football programs. He quickly endeared himself to the Washington
fans and is one of the legendary coaches of the school. His record at
Washington (1950 thru 1958) was 60-18-3 for a outstanding winning
percentage of .769, the best in school history.
In his first three years at Washington his teams lost only three games
and were undefeated in 1954, losing to Aliquippa 13-12 in the WPIAL
championship 'game at Pitt Stadium. He was victorious coaching the 1953
WPIAL All Stars and was named the Washington County Coach of the Year.
Dupke earned his Masters at the University of Pittsburgh and was named
Principal at Washington in 1960 and ten years later became
administrative assistant to the superintendent. He was inducted into the
Bethany College Hall of Fame. Class of 1983.