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Class of 1963
Bill Bofinger attended Lee High School as a student. He was a letterman in basketball and a three-year letterman in both track and football. He was selected to the High School All Star Football Team and was voted their captain. He was captain of the Lee High Football team and was voted Most Valuable Player, Best Defensive Lineman as a sophomore, and Best Offensive Lineman as a junior. Coach Bofinger graduated from LSU where he was a 2-year letterman in football under Charlie McClendon. He played in the Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl. After graduation he began teaching at Lee High School and has been here since 1969. He started the wrestling program at Lee High School. Under his direction he has taken his team to City Champions ten times. He was selected the Greater Baton Rouge Area Coach of the Decade for the 1970â€™s with 6 team titles and 1 runner up finish. He formed the Baton Rouge Area Wrestling Coaches Association and the Louisiana Wrestling Coaches Association. He formed the All Metro Wrestling Team. He has hosted the Lee High School Invitational Wrestling Tournament since 1973, which has been mentioned in Wrestling USA magazine as having the premier tournaments of Louisiana each year. From 1969-1998 his winning percentage for dual meets is .666 with a career record of 192-96-2 (5 years no info available). Coach Bofinger likes to keep statistics and records as a hobby. He has compiled a history of city and regional meets that he makes available to the host team each year. He has a compiled a History of State Tournaments in Louisiana from 1945 to present. The publication is copy-righted and available at the Library of Congress in Washington. It can be bought from him. In 2005 Coach Bofinger was elected to the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, joining Coach Sam Harnsongkram, and being jointly inducted with Sam Sara. A banner has been posted in the Lee High gymnasium in honor of the recognition, and a plaque will be placed in his honor at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Coach Bofinger is currently up for nomination for the LHSAA Hall of Fame for his contributions to wrestling in the state of Louisiana. But for us here, Coach Bofinger is Mr. Lee High.