The Rawhide Starr Academy Basketball Team plays against other private high schools. This is the first time most of the boys have played on a school team. They have a 50% record of wins.
John & Jan Gillespie founded Rawhide Boys Ranch in 1965 and were joined by Bart & Cherry Starr a year later. The Starr's have partnered with us for 5-decades and provide the book forward.
Jan Gillespie managed the equestrian program and would match boys to a horse with a similar personality. David Claus arrived very much a free-spirit, definitely like Smoky. They became best friends. After 40-years a photo of his buddy was found that we presented to David. In 2017 David wrote and sang a song he titled, "I'm A Rawhide Guy". It is now the ranch theme song.
[The full story in Chapter 11]
Rawhide was losing 25-thousand dollars a year and facing foreclosure. 800 Dealerships of the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association partnered with the ranch to develop the nation's first and most successful charity vehicle donation program, providing way more than our annual operating losses.
[The full story in Chapter 8]