Hall of Fame: Raymond E. “Ray” Schoenke (1959)

In his two years at Punahou (1957 and 1958), Ray won five letters; two in football, two in track and one in baseball. A varsity football first team guard he played both offense and defense, winning All-Star Mention honors in his last year. The track team’s championship shot-putter, he established a state record in 1957. A powerful batter, he played as an outfielder on the varsity baseball squad.
This article appears as originally published in the Summer 1992 issue of the Punahou Bulletin.  

Ray enrolled at Southern Methodist University in 1959. He played guard on the Freshman team and then three years as first-string varsity guard. He won All Southwest All-Star Team honors in 1962. In track he set a state record in the shot-put. He played in the 1963 Hula Bowl. Scholastically, he made the National Honor Society.

Following college, he played three years for the Dallas Cowboys (1963 – 65) and then nine years for the Washington Redskins. In 1987 he was selected to the 50th Anniversary “Greatest Redskins Team”.

Ray, now Chairman of the Board of a successful brokerage firm in Bethesda, Maryland, still loves his native Hawaii and returns frequently to the islands. He says he wants someday to return to live her permanently. In the meantime he continues to generously support Punahou and Hawaii’s civic and cultural institutions including the Bishop Museum, OHA and others. His mother, Olivia H.A. Schoenke, died in February. His two sisters live here.

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