As hundreds of guests pass through our Indianola High School gym lobby each year, they are treated to the many plaques featuring the outstanding student athletes who have represented IHS at the highest level. In addition, our Athletic Hall of Fame instills great pride and provides inspiration for our current Indianola students. This year we are proud to welcome Kurt Campbell into the Hall of Fame.
Kurt was a valued leader for the Indians in three different sports. His most noted achievements came on the basketball court. After finishing the regular season his senior year, Kurt was recognized as second team all conference in the rugged CIML Central conference. In addition, Kurt ended up as the second leading rebounder and third leading scorer for the Indians that year. However, as the Indians entered post season play, the best was yet to come.
Entering the state tourney against higher seeded opponents, the Indians entertained their fans by claiming upset wins in the quarter and semi finals. Pitted against a heavily favored Urbandale team in the finals, the Indians proved to be a team of destiny. Using the combination of outstanding efforts and a disciplined game plan, Kurt and the Indians created a memory for all Indian fans by claiming the 2001 4-A State Basketball Championship.
After a short break following the championship win, Kurt was back in preparation for the upcoming baseball season. After earning second team All-District honors his junior year on a conference championship team, Kurt finished his IHS athletic career in stellar fashion. Kurt was named to the All CIML Central first team and finished with a perfect 7-0 pitching record.
With high school accolades and memories now part of a scrapbook, Kurt was able to reflect on outstanding contributions in basketball, baseball and also golf, where he won multiple letters and narrowly missed out on qualifying for state his senior year.
From Indianola, Kurt furthered his education at the University of Iowa where he earned a degree in Biology in 2006. From Iowa City, Kurt moved on to obtain a second degree in Arabic at the Defense Language Institute located in Monterey, California.
During this point in time, Kurt was now a member of the United States Army. With high level training in intelligence operations, Kurt spent much of the next three years serving our country in Afghanistan. He was responsible for collecting and evaluating highly classified intelligence and coordinating response efforts.
Kurt not only worked with American forces and special operations teams; he also supported Afghan Special Operation forces. Kurt is the son of Bill and Jeanette Campbell of Indianola. He is currently located in North Carolina and utilizing his special training in various government assignments.
Congratulations Kurt, on your induction to our High School Hall of Fame; but also, we greatly appreciate your service in protecting our country