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Raytown South High School Cardinal Basketball Alumni to honor Legendary Coach Bud Lathrop

The Raytown South High School Cardinal basketball alumni through the Raytown Educational Foundation will host a celebration of legendary Raytown South basketball coach Bud Lathrop's contributions to Cardinal basketball. The Lathrop Legacy event will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in the Raytown South High School Gymnasium. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a reception immediately following. The celebration will include a special presentation to Coach Lathrop and the opportunity to connect with Cardinal basketball players from five decades.

As a 1954 graduate of Raytown High School, Warren “Bud” Lathrop played sports under the watchful eyes of the legendary teacher and coach, Ted Chittwood. Bud Lathrop returned to the Raytown community to be the first and only head basketball coach at Raytown South High School for 45 years.

During his career, Lathrop became the winningest coach in Missouri School History, the seventh winningest coach in high school basketball history, and the third winningest active coach with 955 wins. He led his teams to 35 conference championships, 23 district championships, ten state finals, and four state championships.

For fourteen years, his teams went undefeated in conference play. Lathrop’s career has garnered him several honors, including induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. Lathrop is a five-time Eddie Ryan Coach of the Year Award winner and a two-time Paul Lambert Coach of the Year Award winner.

Lathrop considers his greatest achievements not to be the number of games that his teams have won, but the number of young men and women who he has been able to influence during his career.

The Lathrop Legacy celebration event is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Executive Director of the Raytown Educational Foundation Martha Cockerell at