George Bibighaus (1941)

2021 Graduate of Distinction

George Bibighaus

Class of 1941

After graduation from Lehighton in 1941, George enrolled at Muhlenberg College where he played football, basketball, and baseball. His college experience was interrupted by WWII when he served 38 months in the U.S. Navy. He returned to college in 1945 and played on the 1946 Tobacco Bowl Team and was named to the first team of the 1946 Little All American Football team. In 1946, he led the nation in pass receptions, total yards, and touchdowns.

His career as a teacher and coach at Lehighton High School began in 1947 and lasted for 41 years. In 1965, he was named the Junior High Principal. George served on the Water Authority from 1951 until his death on September 9, 2004. He was a member of the Carbon County and Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

George was a past Exalted Ruler of the Lehighton Elks, a past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals, a past President of the Lehighton Area Education Association, and past Vice President of the Anthracite Chapter of Football Officials.

He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, American Legion Post 314, the AMVETS, Elks Lodge 1284, Lehigh Fire Co. No. 1 and was a well-respected PIAA football official.

George was married to Lucille (Romich) of Emmaus.