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Two Elder High School alumni are giving back to students and athletes in a major way.
Kim Knoppe pledged $1 million on Monday to complete the second floor of the Panther Fitness Center on Elder’s campus. The 1969 graduate and former receiver wanted to pass on the Altiora spirit.
“My Elder experience gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my business career and provided the inspiration to live the Altiora spirit,” Knoppe said in a news release.
The school motto, Altiora, is Latin and translates to “strive for the higher things.”
Kim Knoppe pledged $1 million on Monday to complete the second floor of the Panther Fitness Center on Elder’s campus. The 1969 graduate and former receiver wanted to pass on the Altiora spirit. (Photo: Courtesy of Kevin Ludwig, Ludwig Communications)
Kyle Rudolph, tight end for the Minnesota Vikings and 2008 Elder graduate, helped cover the initial construction costs for the two-story building, which included completion and furnishing of the first-floor wight room.
“Both Kyle Rudolph and Kim Knoppe, two “receivers” on our football teams, are “passing” on the spirit of Altiora to future Elder generations,” said Kurt Ruffing, principal of Elder High School.
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