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Rose Gym dedication Saturday in Rothsay

Rothsay High School, along with Alumni of Rothsay High School and Friends of Bill Rose, announce the new high school gymnasium to be dedicated and named the ‘Bill Rose Gymnasium’. 

The dedication of the gymnasium will take place on January 16 at the conclusion of the girls varsity basketball game and prior to the start of the boys varsity basketball game when the Tigers host the Lake Park-Audbon Raiders.

Game times are 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.   

A social and reception will be held at the Rothsay Powerhouse following the boy’s game.

Bill Rose was a teacher, coach and athletic administrator in Rothsay from 1966 to 1993.  Rose served as the head basketball coach from ’66 to 1984 and amassed over 300 wins and numerous Little 8 conference titles. 

Rose was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association’s ‘Hall of Fame’ in 1998. Rose was also the head coach in baseball, track and field, and served many years as an assistant in volleyball, and was the Rothsay Athletic Director for more than 25 years. 

Bill was the district’s Driving Training Instructor, teaching many hundreds of high school students in Rothsay how to drive. 

Following his retirement in 1993, Rose remained active in school events, serving as an announcer and scorekeeper at games, driving school bus for activities, and volunteering time for other school functions.

Bill and Darlene Rose raised six children that all graduated from Rothsay.  Bill and Darlene continue to reside in Rothsay and are active in church and community events. 

In addition to the dedication of the new gymnasium, a scholarship in the name of ‘Bill and Darlene Rose Scholarship’ has been established and is being funded by RHS Alumni and Friends of Bill Rose. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior class student at Rothsay.

All Rothsay Alumni and Friends of Bill and Darlene Rose are encouraged to attend the dedication ceremony and reception. 

Rothsay Public Schools opened their new school in August of 2015.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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