The focus of this week’s “Alumni Spotlight” is Sturgeon Bay High School graduate Peter Van Bramer ‘56, who participated in football, basketball and track during his distinguished high school sports career.
Following high school, Van Bramer attended the University of Wisconsin for two years before going to UW-Oshkosh and Northwest Missouri, where he graduated. He taught at Arbor Vitae-Woodruff prior to receiving his master’s degree in guidance and counseling. Van Bramer lived and worked in Lodi until the early ‘70s, and then served as an admissions administrator at Madison Area Technical College until retirement.
As far as his fondest high school memories, Van Bramer recounts one that came on the field – and one off.
Van Bramer recalls John Cornell from Algoma as his toughest opponent in high school. Cornell, an all-state athlete, went on to play quarterback at Marquette University.
Three years of high school football highlighted Van Bramer’s sports career, and he especially enjoyed the company of his teammates like John O’Boyle, Judge John Koehn and Bruce Oram.
When it comes to a piece of advice for today’s student athletes, Van Bramer shares some valuable and steadfast rules.
Van Bramer currently resides in Sturgeon Bay with his wife, Judy, and has two adult children, one of whom, Dennis, serves as an assistant football coach at Sturgeon Bay. His four grandchildren include Matthew Van Bramer, who plays quarterback for the Sturgeon Bay Clippers