|School: Washington||Graduation Year: 1964|
Year Inducted: 2013
Sports Played: Football, Basketball, Track and Field
High School Honors: Football: 3-year letter winner; 2nd Team All-PIL as a Junior; 2nd Team All-PIL and All-State Honorable Mention as a Senior; Shrine Team member; Team Captain. Basketball: 2-year letter winner; member of Co-PIL Championship Team as a Senior. Track & Field: 2-year letter winner; set Washington High School Discus Record as Senior. Male Athlete of the Year.
Post High School Career: 41 years at Union Pacific Railroad; Director Business Development, Chemical Marketing – Sales, various Leadership positions in Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, Omaha, Portland, Birmingham, Spokane. Volunteer for United Way Fund Drives.
High school sports sets forth an indelible path on the road of life for each athlete. Induction into the Hall of Fame is not only recognition of the athlete, but the many relatives, coaches, mentors and administrators that contributed to the achievement and memory as well. One coach has special meaning to me—Walt Aldridge, my track coach. In 1964, he taught me what it means to “never give up on yourself.” At age 93 this year, Walt still attends every Washington high school class reunion. It’s an honor to have him here again tonight [at the 2013 Induction Banquet]. (Walt was recognized from the podium.)