Monday, October 21, 2013

"Gabes" announces retirement!

Beloved Teacher and Coach Retires After 39 Years

WAUKESHA, Wis. – John “Gabes” Gabelbauer, long-time teacher at Catholic Memorial High School has announced that he will retire after 39 years of teaching at the school.

Known for his signature style of teaching – sitting in a student desk among his students rather than standing in front of a classroom “Gabes” has left an indelible mark on thousands of alumni.

Specializing in wide array of course work, including religion, criminal justice and sociology, his lessons showed the gift of bringing the outside world into the classroom.

“The impact that John Gabelbauer has had on our students cannot be overstated,” said the Very Rev. Paul B.R. Hartmann, president of Catholic Memorial High School.

As a 1966 graduate of Catholic Memorial, Gabelbauer participated in cross country, basketball and track. Attending the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse for his bachelor’s degree, he completed his Master of Education at Marian College, Fond du Lac, and then returned to Catholic Memorial, this time as a member of the faculty. He began teaching at Catholic Memorial in 1974, and also started coaching track, cross country, football and basketball.

As a head coach, he lead his teams to multiple state titles in both track and cross country. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Catholic Memorial Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

“It has been an honor, truly,” said Gabelbauer. “Catholic Memorial is a special place.”

Gabelbauer will join his colleagues, former students and friends in celebration at Catholic Memorial’s Legacy Dinner and Alumni Awards banquet on November 6. For more information about the Legacy Dinner, please contact Monica Fleming, Director of Alumni Relations at 


Jim MacGillis said...

Congratulations Gabes! My fondest CMH memories involve track & field and cross-country teams coached by you. All those life lessons continue to sustain. Enjoy the next stage of your life.

Jim MacGillis, '88

Steve Vanden Noven said...


You're the best! Congratulations on your retirement. Best wishes for all your new endeavors!

Steve Vanden Noven '80

Dave Conell said...

Still remember Social Studies back in the 79-82 years... good luck to you in your retirement.

Dave Conell- Class of '82