Alumni Spotlight - Bobby Kaylor, '67

Alumni Spotlight - Bobby Kaylor, '67
Posted on 10/28/2019
Robert Kaylor

Robert Kaylor

After 50 years, 7441 games, and countless memories, Robert “Bobby” A. Kaylor, Jr. walked away from the Blue Raiders scorer’s table for the final time.

Kaylor graduated from Middletown Area High School in 1967 and returned to MASD as a middle school math teacher. Shortly after, he took a seat at the scorer’s table and remained there for 50 years. “My journey began with a phone call from Principal Mr. Edward Brunner. He needed someone to keep score at Feaser Junior High Basketball. The rest is history.”

Robert KaylorFrom December 1969 through October 2019, Kaylor ran the scoreboard and the clock for football, field hockey, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, track, and baseball. He worked under the leadership of 8 Superintendents, 6 High School Principals, 7 Athletic Directors and countless coaches. During his tenure he never missed a game for which he was scheduled. “We greatly appreciate the many years of service that Mr. Kaylor has given to our athletic department and the students of Middletown,” says Cliff Smith, MASD Athletic Director. “His time and effort have allowed our athletes to experience interscholastic athletics and the educational benefits of participation, and we are grateful for his dedication to the Blue Raiders.”

In an email to MASD Administrators, Kaylor wrote, “I truly enjoyed the games and wanted my students to see me in a different venue other than the classroom. I truly had a blast these last 50 years. I had the best seat at every event. I witnessed great games as well as great athletes. I owe my deep gratitude to the MASD Administrators I served under over the years.”

Robert KaylorKaylor has left a permanent mark at the scorer’s table. Bob Pelletier, Head Girls Basketball Coach explains, “There was always one constant and that was Mr. Kaylor working the clock at all the basketball games. He would always talk to everyone involved. Middletown is built around people that have that commitment to our school and our community. Mr. Kaylor is an extreme example of that commitment.” Head Boys Basketball Coach, Chris Bradford, added, “I have known Mr. Kaylor for decades now. He was an educator first, but I later got to know and speak with Mr. Kaylor over the years at the table. He was a Middletown staple, and he was always the first with a kind word, supportive email, or to inject a little bit of Middletown history and liven up the day. When I turn to the table this season, I can tell you, he’ll be missed.”

Robert KaylorBobby’s final game was a volleyball match on October 15, 2019. Volleyball Head Coach Lisa Huber noted, “Our home games aren’t going to be the same without Bob behind the scorer’s table. He has always been our biggest fan. Thanks for all of the support over the years, Bob!”

One of Kaylor’s longest running coaches and biggest fan is Chris Sattele, former boys basketball coach. “It was my honor to work side by side with Bob at George W. Feaser and MAMS. As a non-Middletown guy, I always wanted to ensure we did things to pay homage to the past Middletown greats. His connection with the past helped me understand the ‘Middletown Way’. I hope my time on the sidelines has a quarter of the impact his has had. He is a true Middletown Icon!”

Kaylor shared, “I would like to paraphrase the great General Douglas MacArthur when he said, ‘Old soldiers never die they just fade away.’ That's the legacy I want to leave, ‘Old score keepers and timers never die...they just fade away with fond memories.’ Thanks so much...I will miss you all!”

Robert Kaylor will be recognized for his dedicated service to the District at an upcoming School Board Meeting.

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