Bob Deutsch

Bob Deutsch received his Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University in 1959 where he was a cheerleader, starred in numerous plays, and was awarded a summer theater scholarship to Wabash College.  Deutsch is listed in Who’s Who for Colleges and Universities in 1959.   Deutsch continued his education at Emporia State University where he earned his Master of Science degree in 1962.

Deutsch began his teaching career in Missouri where he was selected the State of Missouri Speech Teacher of the Year.   He began his 37-year teaching career at West Lafayette High School in 1965, where he was a debate coach while teaching speech, drama, debate, and freshman and sophomore English.  Outside the classroom, Deutsch directed school plays, was chair of the National Honor Society selection committee and a member of the committee for selecting outstanding seniors.  He was also the public address announcer for all the high school football and basketball games for over 30 years.

Within three years of being hired to begin the school’s debate program, the program won the first of six debate championships, a record number at the time of his retirement in 2002. He was also the assistant coach for three state champions in Lincoln Douglas debate, seven extemporaneous speaking state champions, and three national finalists.  His students won various community oratory awards, such as Voice of America, American Legion (state winner and national runner-up), and Optimist Club (five state winners).

Deutsch is in the Indiana High School Forensic Association Hall of Fame, served as a visiting instructor at Purdue University, acted as a Double Diamond National Forensic League Coach, and directed and starred in several plays for the Lafayette Civic Theater.

Deutsch was inspired by the high caliber of students who went above and beyond in his classes and on his many debate teams.