George Ruebel

Steward of Finneytown

George’s contributions to the Finneytown School District began in the late 1950’s and are still evident today.


George Richard Ruebel was born in Cincinnati on August 30, 1922. He graduated from Cincinnati’s Hughes High School in 1940 and continued his education at Yale University. World War II interrupted his college years, and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. During the war years, George was stationed in the United States as a flight instructor for various aircraft. He graduated as an instructor for advanced single engine fighters at Williams Field, AZ, trained on the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, and finished out his military career on the B-29 Superfortress bomber in Roswell, NM.


George married his high school sweetheart, Violet, and moved with her and their first son, James, to Yale where George finished his degree in 1946. They moved back to Cincinnati where he joined his father running the family business, S.A. Ruebel Company.


While his three sons were in Finneytown schools, George was an active parent, supporting and bettering the school by joining the Boosters Association working one-on-one with the school district on various building projects. Sons James, Richard and Michael graduated from Finneytown in 1963, 1966, 1977, but not before George and the S.A. Ruebel Company would build FHS a brand new track and football field. His company did layout and construction of the high school athletic fields an s track and the baseball field at Brent. The whole community gladly pitched in money and muscle on the projects and even built the bleachers and paid for the lights themselves with the help of Mac McNulty.