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Lisa Gallippi, class of 1986
One of the all-time great female athletes in Plum High School history, Lisa Gallippi earned 20 varsity letters throughout her high school and college careers.  While her greatest honors are for her basketball achievements, Lisa was also a star performer in volleyball and softball.  During her three year basketball career at Plum , Gallippi became the first female to score 1000 points.  More impressively, she did so using the “big ball” and without a three point line.  Her numerous awards and all-star nominations in all three sports earned her a full scholarship to Saint Vincent College. There, Lisa was named 1st Team All-District in all three sports.  During her senior year, she was selected as an NAIA All-American in basketball.  Lisa currently teaches math at Plum Senior High School where she has been a three sport coach.

  • 9 Plum letters (volleyball, basketball, softball)
  • High school basketball
  • 1029 career points
  • senior year  - 22.6 pts , 8 rebounds, 7 assists per game
  • named to All-East team as well as earning numerous awards and all-star nominations
  • Member of 1984 PIAA State Champion volleyball team
  • Post Gazette All-East team in softball
  • Team captain in three sports - high school and college
  • 11 varsity letters at Saint Vincent College
  • 9 x NAIA All-District
  • NAIA All-Region in volleyball
  • NAIA All-American in basketball
  • 1540 career points in basketball
  •  2nd in the nation in free throw shooting with 88.5%
  • District 18 Women’s Basketball Player of the Year
  • Willie Stargell Awards Banquet - “Most Outstanding Female Athlete”
  • 54th Annual Dapper Dan Banquet - “Most Outstanding Female Athlete”

Wayne German, class of 1963 
When talking about success, Wayne German’s record speaks for itself.  In his 36 seasons as a player or coach, he had a winning record in 35 of them.  His knack for winning began as a player on Plum Junior High’s first undefeated football team in 1959.  His accomplishments continued throughout his high school playing career which was highlighted by the 1962 season in which the Mustangs went 8-1 and played in the first Allegheny Interscholastic Conference Championship Game.  After playing football for the Norwin Knights Sandlot team and Clarion University , Wayne began his coaching career.  As head coach of the Plum Junior High football team, he enjoyed several undefeated seasons.  His 1981 team gave up only one touchdown all year and eventually became members of Plum High School ’s only WPIAL Champion football team in 1983.  Wayne also coached undefeated and section champion wrestling teams over a ten year span.  He is now retired and lives in Plum with his wife Marilyn.

  • Captain of 1962 Plum High School football team
  • 1st Team Alle-Kiski All-Star Football Team (played tackle at 170 lbs)
  • Played linebacker for Norwin Knights Sandlot team
  • Played linebacker at Clarion University
  • Coached Northgate Sr. High School – 1970 undefeated
  • Head Coach Plum Jr. High Football – 1971,1972, 1974, 1981 undefeated
  • Head Coach Plum Jr. High Wrestling – 1974-75, 1977-78 section champs

Andy Matto, class of 1949
Andy Matto’s extraordinary high school career earned him the first full athletic scholarship in the history of Plum High School .  In addition to earning All-WPIAL honors in football and basketball, Andy could be considered the most decorated track and field athlete ever to attend Plum High School .  He won three WPIAL titles and placed four times at the PIAA State Championships including winning the gold medal in the javelin during his senior year.  Andy attended the University of Cincinnati where he was a standout offensive lineman.  He played in the 1951 Sun Bowl and was twice named All Mid-American Conference lineman.  In 1953, Andy became the first Plum graduate to be drafted into the NFL when he was selected by the Los Angeles Rams.  Matto eventually became a starter for the Chicago Cardinals until a leg injury ended his football career.  He currently resides in San Diego , California .  

  • PIAA Champion – javelin 1949
  • 4 x PIAA place winner (3x javelin, 1x shot put)
  • 3 x WPIAL Champion  (2x javelin, 1x shot put)
  • 6 x WPIAL place winner (3x javelin, 2x shot put, 1x discus)
  • All-WPIAL – football
  • All-WPIAL – basketball
  • Full football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati
  • 2 x All Mid-American Conference offensive lineman
  • All Ohio offensive lineman
  • NCAA All-American – Honorable Mention
  • Drafted by Los Angeles Rams in 1953
  • Started for the Chicago Cardinals

Jim Rumbaugh, class of 1992
Jim Rumbaugh’s high school and collegiate accomplishments in swimming place him in a class of his own when compared to other Plum athletes.  While at Plum , Jim won two PIAA State Championships along with numerous WPIAL and PIAA medals.  Furthermore, Jim broke two WPIAL records and the PIAA record in the 200 IM.   At the University of Tennessee , Jim earned All-American status six times.  His greatest achievement came in 1996 when he swam the backstroke leg in a medley relay team that won two NCAA Championship titles and broke an American record.   Jim is the owner and head coach of a swim club in southern California .  

  • 2 x PIAA Champion
  • Broke PIAA record in 200 IM (1:52.85).
  • Plum record holder - 200 free, 500 free, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 back
  • Letter 4 years at University of Tennessee
  • Team Captain for 2 years at University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee record holder in medley relay
  • 2 x NCAA Division1 National Champion
  • 6 x NCAA Division 1 All-American
  • American record holder in 200 medley relay
  • Qualified for Olympic trials

Victor Zucco, class of 1953
Vic Zucco’s athletic and academic success at Plum High School made him one of the most sought after college recruits in the area.  Zucco’s obvious speed and athleticism on the football field and basketball court were confirmed on the track were he was the WPIAL’s fastest sprinter.  Vic left several marks on Plum ’s football record book including the most career rushing yards.  This mark stood for over 40 years.  He chose Wayne State University in Detroit, where he became one of the school’s greatest rushers.  He set both single season and game yardage records as a freshman and was named the teams MVP as a sophomore.  The NCAA went through a restructuring in 1955 which landed Zucco at Michigan State with one year of eligibility.  He made the most of that year by playing both offense and defense with the top 10 ranked Spartans.  He earned All-Big Ten honors and trip to the Senior Bowl.  Drafted by the NFL's Chicago Bears, Vic was a four-year starting defensive back and return specialist before retiring after the 1960 season.  Vic and wife Marianne, also a Plum grad, live in N.W. Michigan where Vic is a successful real estate developer and builder.  

  • 4 x PIAA place winner (2x long jump, 100yds, 220yds.)
  • 4 x WPIAL Champion (2x long jump, 100yds, 220yds.)
  • 7 x WPIAL place winner (3x 100yds, 2x long jump, 2x 220yds.)
  • Named 1952 WPIAL Conference Most Valuable Player in football
  • Set WSU record with 228 yards in a single game
  • Scored 3 TDs on carries of 76, 55, and 52 yards in the game at WSU
  • Collier's Magazine Honorable Mention All-America Football Team
  • Played offense and defense for Michigan State University
  • Chosen to play in the 1957 Senior Bowl and North-South Shrine Game
  • Drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1957
  • Started 4 years for the Bears as a DB and kick/punt returner

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