Ruth Hoover

Ruth Hoover came to KU in 1921 to teach precision marching, tumbling, and calisthenics.  She founded the Quack Club in 1923.  In 1925, Hoover received her master’s degree from Columbia University.  While there, she played field hockey and was named to the second All-American team. Back at KU, Hoover helped to expand women’s intramurals and the curriculum of the Women’s Physical Education Department in 1926.  In 1929, she was appointed the director of the department, a position she held until 1952.  Ruth Hoover is considered one of the most important figures in the development of women’s sports at KU.