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Class of 1937 - Inducted 2012
Al was inducted into the SHSAA Packer Sports Greats in 2012.
Al Randall transferred to SHS his sophomore year, and when Basketball Coach Cornie Collin spotted the 6’-7”+ new student in the halls, he took him under his wing to teach him how to play basketball over the summer. Cornie promised him a pair of size 14 shoes and he kept his promise, and along the way, teaching Al to dunk the ball. (Al was the first in the city to do that.) He was one of the “South Five.” The team’s titles included Inter-city, Missouri Valley, City and State Champions (the first State Championship for SHS!). Al earned three letters in basketball while at SHS and was named All-City, All-State, All-Metro and Regional Team Captain in 1936 and 1937. He holds high scoring records for all the years he attended SHS.
He attended UNL and played basketball and lettered all four years. He was voted “All-Big Six Player of the Year” in 1941. He passed on the opportunity to play pro basketball, and instead went to work for Mutual of Omaha. He then left to join the Air Force as an instructor during WWII. When he returned to civilian life in 1946, he rejoined Mutual of Omaha in their new Group Insurance division. He was promoted to Director of that division in 1954. He rose through the ranks to become the Senior Executive Vice President of the division under V.J. Skutt. Due to health concerns, he retired in 1980, passing away not long after, in 1986.