Randy Duncan graduated with the Roosevelt class of 1955 and from the University of Iowa in 1959. At Roosevelt, Mr. Duncan was an all-state football and basketball player as a Roughrider leading the 1954 basketball team to the state championship game. In the fall of 1954, Randy led the Riders to an undefeated and state championship season and was named first team all-state. In the three years that he played at Roosevelt the Roughriders, lost only two games.
He continued playing football at the University of Iowa where he had a stellar career. During his time at Iowa, he was named first team All-Big Ten. He was named the 1958 Big Ten MVP, was selected as a consensus first team All-American, won the Walter Camp Award and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. From 1956-58 the Hawkeyes were an outstanding 24-3-2 with two Big Ten Titles, three top ten rankings in the final Associated Press poll, and two victories in the Rose Bowl. Mr. Duncan is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Duncan was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the first pick in the NFL draft in 1959 but opted to go to play in the Canadian Football League for two years. He then returned to the old AFL and signed with the Dallas Texans (now the Kansas City Chiefs).
Upon his retirement, he finished his law degree at Drake and practiced law in Des Moines.
He’s been married to his wife Paula since 1960 and they have three sons, Jed, his wife Jane and sons Kyle and Cole; Matt, who is deceased, and Scott, his wife Missy and son A.J.
Class of 1959
Dan Grimm is a 1959 graduate of Roosevelt High School and a 1963 graduate of the University of Colorado. At Roosevelt, Mr. Grimm was the first wrestling state champion for the Roughriders as he won the heavyweight division in 1959. While Dan does say that his greatest memory from his time at Roosevelt was winning the state title, he also found success on the football field. After a storied career at Roosevelt, he continued playing on the gridiron for the Colorado Buffalos from 1959-1963. While at Colorado, he helped the Buffalos win the Big 8 Championship, The Orange Bowl, and in addition, Dan competed in the prestigious Senior Bowl at the end of his senior season.
After his college career, Dan was drafted and played for the Green Bay Packers from 1963-1966; the Atlanta Falcons from 1966-69, and for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Colts during the 1970 season. The highlight of his NFL career was with Green Bay in 1965 when the Pack won the NFL Championship (the year before the first Super Bowl).
Now retired and living in Charlotte, South Carolina with his wife Cindi, they have three children and 10 grandchildren: Son Kevin Grimm, wife Sheryl, and daughters Anna, Sarah, and Emma; Son Tom Skiles, wife Renee, and children Amanda, Lauren, and Tommy; Daughter Kerry Grimm and children Ericka, Abby, Ally, and Anne Leigh.
Class of 1975
Eric Randolph is a 1975 graduate of Roosevelt High School and a 1979 graduate of the University of Iowa. He continued his education at Iowa and received his law degree in 1982. Mr. Randolph continued his athletic career at the University of Iowa but was placed on the permanent injury list after surgeries during his freshman season.
At Roosevelt, Mr. Randolph was a gymnast and in 1975 completed one of the most remarkable feats in Iowa high school sports history. During the state meet, Eric won each of the six individual events and also won the team state championship while competing as the only member of the Roosevelt gymnastics team. His greatest memories are working out above the gymnasium under Coach Earle Duggan with the girl’s gymnastics team and representing Roosevelt and himself throughout the gymnastic season and ultimately winning the State Gymnastics Championship.
Currently semi-retired and working in Real Estate sales, he lives in Florida with his wife Weiting Li.
Class of 1966
Tom Schulze was a 1966 graduate of Roosevelt High School and a 1970 graduate of the University of Iowa. During his time at Roosevelt, Mr. Schulze was a member of the 1965 Basketball State Championship team and was also a first team all stater. In addition, he was named the 1966 TRHS Man of the Year.
Continuing his career from 1966-1970 as a Hawkeye at the University of Iowa, he was a member of the men’s basketball team and was part of the one of the greatest four years in Iowa History. During his time on the team, the Hawkeyes won two Big 10 championships, including an undefeated conference season in 1969-70 and a Sweet 16 appearance. In addition, the 1969-70 team still holds the record as the highest scoring team in Big Ten history when they averaged an amazing 102.9 points per game.
Tom’s life was tragically cut short in 1985. He is survived by Dyanne Schulze.
Deb Stetson is a 1970 high school graduate of Hoover High School. She graduated in 1974 from the University of Idaho where she competed in tennis, gymnastics, swimming, field hockey, and was also a cheerleader. She then earned her master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
Mrs. Stetson coached boys and girls tennis at Roosevelt for 29 years with her father, Roger, a 1948 Roosevelt graduate, as her assistant coach. During her time leading the Roughrider programs, she amassed over 500 wins, won many state and conference championships, and is the only coach in Iowa to win all four state titles in one season. In 2009, the Riders won the Singles, Doubles, Co-Ed and Team championships in boy’s tennis.
One of her many highlights was coaching three-time state champion Charlie Caris from 2007-2009 and having him win the coed title with his sister, Libby, in 2009.
Deb recently retired from DMPS after 40 years of teaching and coaching. She lives with her husband Stan. They have two sons, Jason and Michael.