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Physical education, health

Bishop Luers Physical Education


Bishop Luers High School offers a Physical Education program that promotes healthy and active lifestyles.


Topics that are covered in class are:

  • Lifetime Fitness Activities (Weight lifting, cardio conditioning, yoga, etc…)
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Racket Sports (Pickleball and Badminton)


Per Indiana state law, one year of Physical Education is required to graduate from high school.   It is my goal to make Physical Education rewarding and fun for the students. I want my students to learn to enjoy physical activity so that they are more likely to continue it later in life. I want them to have the tools to go to a fitness facility or join a recreational league and feel comfortable in their knowledge of the activities they are wanting to participate. My hope is that all students work hard, sweat and enjoy their Physical Education experience.


For more information or questions, please contact Thomas Planalp at

Meet the staff


Thomas Planalp is the new physical education teacher and assistant boys' basketball coach at Bishop Luers High School. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and had been a teacher's aide at Summitville Elementary.

Mr. Planalp said, "I love to be active playing sports, and I love to play and watch basketball."

He said he looks forward to "starting my teaching and coaching career in a welcoming and professional environment."



Justin Maurer is a Health and Physical Education teacher. He comes to Bishop Luers with a bachelor's degree in business from Trine University and teaching certificates from Indiana Wesleyan University in health, physical education and business education. Mr. Maurer played football and ran track at Trine University on scholarship, and has an extensive background in fitness, sales and business management. Mr. Maurer enjoys family time and is an outdoor enthusiast. He is looking forward to helping students achieve their fitness goals and becoming healthy, well balanced members of our community.