John Dull

John Dull, Distinguished Graduate Inducted 2013

  • An exceptional example of Bison Pride, John Dull has risen through the ranks of the Dallas County R-I School District.  His life within the school district began during his sixth grade year when he moved to Buffalo.  He was a graduate of Buffalo High School in 1949 and is a very proud member of the Missouri State Basketball Championship team during his senior year, the first state championship in school history.  That, in itself, was a memorable accomplishment.  At the time all teams in Missouri played against each other, there were no classifications based on size.  That championship team, with Mr. Dull as a member, defeated Kansas City Rockhurst High School by a score of 57 to 44, at a time when Rockhurst High School had a larger high school enrollment than the population of all of Buffalo.   In May of 1952, Mr. Dull entered the United State Army with the Airborne Paratrooper program in Fort Benning, Georgia.  During his time in the service of our country, Mr. Dull married his wife Leota and later had three sons, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  After being discharged he returned to Southwest Missouri State University and then transferred to Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.   In February, 2013 Mr. Dull was inducted into the Northeastern State University Athletic Hall of Fame.  He started his teaching career in 1957 at Halfway High School and then moved on to Skyline High School.  He was hired as Buffalo High School Principal in 1969, then moved on to be Principal of Buffalo Junior High and became district Athletic Director.  Mr. Dull retired from the school district in 1992, but, Mr. Dull’s service to the community did not end with his retirement.   In letters of nomination to the Hall of Fame is a long list of his commitments to this community including his work as a basketball official, as a volunteer and member with many civic organizations, a dedicated servant of his church, and as one letter noted he is a “Master at Hay Hauling”.  One letter of nomination for Mr. Dull says, “he is an excellent example of what a great citizen should be”.  We are blessed to be in the presence of this outstanding graduate of Buffalo High School John Dull, and we are very proud to induct John W. Dull into the Dallas County R-I Schools Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Graduate on this his 64th anniversary of his graduation from Buffalo High School.