Former PPS Superintendent Harry Whitaker Dies

Alpha Media/ Ryan Piers

A former superintendent for Peoria Public Schools has died.

Harry Whitaker died Sunday at the age of 90, according to an obituary posted by Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilson Funeral Home in Peoria.

Whitaker was PPS superintendent from 1974 until his retirement in 1988.

His 38-year career in education began as a teacher in Sunnyland in 1950. Whitaker went to Peoria High School in 1954 where he served as teacher, coach, counselor and principal. While at PHS, Whitaker was assistant football coach, head baseball coach, head basketball coach and golf coach.

Whitaker was named assistant principal at Peoria High in 1972 and was named PPS superintendent in 1974.

Whitaker graduated from Woodruff High School in Peoria and entered the U.S. Navy serving in World War II in the Pacific Theater.

Whitaker then attended and graduated from Bradley University before beginning his teaching career.

Whitaker was inducted into the Woodruff High School and Peoria High School Sports Halls of Fame, the Bradley University Athletics Hall of Fame and Greater Peoria Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home, 2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8607 State Route 91, Peoria. Private entombment will follow at American Mausoleum.

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