Former Director of Officials for the Iowa High School Athletic Association Roger Barr is one of 12 prominent athletic figures in America who will be inducted into the National Federation of High School Associations this summer.
The induction ceremony is the closing session of the 99th Annual NFHS Summer Meeting in Chicago, June 28-July 2 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel & Convention Center.
In learning of Mr. Barr’s election, Alan Beste, executive director of the IHSAA, noted, “Roger dedicated his entire adult life to officiating and did so for the love of the game and the students who participated. We are honored to have him being inducted to the NFHS Hall of Fame.”
Mr. Barr, a well-known contest official prior to serving the IHSAA for 12 years (2003-2015), is the 22nd Iowan to be honored with NFHS Hall of Fame induction.
The son of an official, he spent 35 years working baseball, football, and boys’ and girls’ basketball contests. During an active 35-year career he was assigned to 109 State Tournaments in those sports, officiated over 200 state tournament games and 56 State Championships. He was honored for his work by receiving numerous hall of fame honors and official of the year laurels. During his role as an active official, he was an IHSAA rules interpreter in basketball, baseball and football.
In his 12 years at the IHSAA he devoted numerous hours evaluating officials and enlisted veteran officials to assist, and providing feedback for the observed official. He was a member of the NFHS national rules committee for baseball and basketball. He organized IHSAA officiating clinics in baseball, football and basketball as a means of stimulating interest of new officials. He also was the subject of interviews of officiating magazines and articles. He hosted and participated in national and mid-west officiating summits and was also a men’s basketball evaluator/observer for the Big 12 Collegiate Office. In 2013 he was a national recipient of an NFHS Citation for his role in positively impacting students in educational activities.
He and his wife Donna now live in Kansas City, MO, where he works part time with the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs merchandizing stores.
Previous NFHS Hall of Fame inductees follow.
2014 – Casey Blake, Indianola, athlete
2011 – Curt Bladt, Harlan Community, football coach
2009 – Himie Voxman, Centerville, Performing Arts
2007 – Clyde Duncan, Des Moines North, athlete
2005 – Chad Hennings, Benton Community (Elberon), athlete
2000 – Robert Oldis, Iowa City, official & Gary Thompson, Roland, athlete
1993 – Bernie Saggau, Jr., Boone, administrator
1988 – Robert Siddens, Waterloo West wrestling coach