Charles (Pat) Dunn
Charles (Pat) Dunn graduated from Waseca High School in 1948 and from Mankato State University in 1952. Charles (known as Pat to everyone) was another of Waseca’s memorable 4-sport athletes. Pat Dunn joins fellow teammate Shyde Krause to the Hall of Fame.
Pat earned 11 letters for the Bluejays, four in baseball, three in football and two each in basketball and track.
In baseball, he lettered all four years as a starter playing 2nd base or in the outfield.
Pat was a two- year letterman as a sprinter in track. He was District Champion in the 100 yard dash and 2nd in the 200 yard dash. At the regional meet, Pat placed third in both these events.
In football, Pat lettered three times as a half- back. In Pat’s junior year, the 1946 football team was comprised largely of World War II veterans. These young men left high school before they received their diplomas during the war and returned home, joining a group of nine lettermen already assembled. They went on to win the South Central Conference championship. It was the first conference title for Central and the first of three straight the school was to win. Andy (Hambone) Papke was named, as Waseca’s first selection ever, to the Minnesota All- State Football Team. In Pat’s senior year, the Bluejays won their second straight crown under Lee Krough and ran up a perfect 8-0 season record. Central also extended its winning streak to 12 straight. The speedy Pat Dun was the team’s leading scorer and was selected captain on the All-Conference team.
Pat lettered two years as a guard in basketball. Veterans of World War II sparked the 1947 basketball team to the most successful season in the history of Central high school. Waseca was 21-2 on the year and won the District title for the first time in 25 years. Waseca was defeated by Austin in the Region semi-finals by two points to end their season. In 1948, Pat helped lead the Bluejays to an exceptional year. They won the District and Region tournaments to advance to the Minnesota State Tournament. After losing the first round at state by one point, Central came back to win the next two games and bring home the Consolation Trophy. On the season, Pat Dunn was one of the leading point getters behind front- runner Shyde Krause.
After high school, Pat continued his athletic career at Mankato State playing basketball his freshman year and four years each in football and track. In football, he was All-Conference three times and was co-captain his senior year. In track, his fastest time in the 100 yard dash was 9.8 on a cinder track. He even went out for wrestling one year, a member of the team went into the National Guard so, Pat was recruited to wrestle under Rummy Macias.
Pat coached for 40 years at various levels at Kasson-Mantorville and at Long Prairie. He also refereed wrestling for 35 years, including five state tournaments. Pat retired from teaching after 40 years in public schools and four years at a community college. Pat and his wife Gwen live in Rochester, they have two children, Kim and Randy and four grandchildren.