Class of 2023

Pinehurst, NC Contributor

Born in Aurora, IL Ross Truemper graduated from Wheaton Central High School where he participated in Football and Track. He was named as Special Mention All-Conference in Football.

He attended Monmouth College and played football. He earned his B.A in 1974 and then received his M.S. in Ed. from Northern Illinois University in 1981. In 1989 he earned his General Administrative Certificate Endorsement from Governors State University.

Ross began his career in education at Wheaton-Warrenville High School as a P.E. teacher and later department chairperson. In 1983 he became Athletic Director at Wheaton Central High and then became Athletic Director and later Assistant Principal at Naperville Central High School. In 1998 he became Principal at Oswego High School. He then moved to Principal at Naperville North High School. Ross has served as Supervisor of Clinical Studies, Supervisor of Student Teachers and Private Business Vocational School Principal Consultant. During the period from 2011 to 2013 he was Interim Co-Principal at West Aurora High School. He later served as Intermediary Consultant for Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity Project. From 2010 through 2016 he served the DuPage Regional Office of Education as the Assistant Superintendent.

Ross has been a fixture at the IHSA Individual State Tournament for the past thirty years. For many years he managed the head table and has served as the Class 3A announcer since 2009.

As tournament director of the 2002 IHSA Dual Team State Tournament, Ross coordinated the Class AA and Class A state meet at Naperville North High School.

Ross was named as Illinois High School Principal of the Year and received the IHSA Distinguished Service Award and the IHSA Track Official of the Year. He was also inducted into the Illinois Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

He is a member of the Illinois Principals Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Illinois Athletic Directors Association.

Upon retirement Ross moved to Pinehurst, NC but still returns every year to continue his announcing duties at the IHSA Individual State Tournament.