- Pasco High School
- Hall of Fame Archives
Hall of Fame Inductees - 1996
Tom Brandon grew up in Pasco where he played football, basketball, and baseball before attending Columbia Basin College and Western Washington College where he started on the football teams. He returned to Pasco where he taught and coached basketball at McLoughlin Junior High, served as principal at Captain Gray Elementary School, and served as the Pasco School District Executive Director for General Operations. He oversaw much of the construction of new schools in Pasco in the 1990's and is well known throughout the state as a school planner.
Scott Foxley was one of the most talented all-around athletes to ever attend Pasco High School. He played on the Pasco State Championship Basketball team in 1947. He went on to collegiate success at Washington State. He eventually returned to Pasco High where he served as head basketball coach as well as coaching football and baseball. He also coached girls' basketball at Spokane Community College. He is remembered as an outstanding role model for young people.
Mary Horrigan Gallant-1929
Mary Horrigan Gallant served as a Regent of Gonzaga University, an employee of the FBI and Atomic Energy Commission and president of the region's Daughters of the Pioneers. She also served on the board of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties, as well as the president of the Horrigan Foundation, which supplied scholarships to individuals. She was elected Tri-Citian of the Year in 1981.
Bernie Hancock was an all-around athlete at Pasco High before playing basketball and football at Eastern Washington College. He returned to Pasco High School where he was an outstanding teacher and football coach. He taught Advanced Placement classes and his Business Law class was loved by all. He gained the reputation among students as developing confidence and skills in all who took his classes.
Karen Murray-Hodgins lead the Pasco Girls' Basketball team to a second place in state in 1978 and fourth in state in 1980. She went on to star at the University of Washington where she started for four years. Following her successful collegiate career, Karen starred in Europe where she played professionally. She has been inducted into the University of Washington Hall of Fame and was the first female inducted into the Central Washington Athletic Hall of Fame. She and her husband Mike remain involved in promoting sports in the Tri-Cities.
Ron Howard was an all-around athlete at Pasco High School where he played football, was a high school All-American basketball player leading Pasco to second in state in 1970, and was the state record holder in the triple jump in track and field. After graduating in 1970, he attended Seattle University where he starred in basketball. After graduation from college, he went on to play professional football with the Dallas Cowboys, where he earned a Super Bowl ring. He completed his football career with the Seattle Seahawks, playing tight end. He went on to a career in education and presently serves as an assistant coach at Rainier Beach High School.
James Wong Howe-1916
James Wong Howe was born in China and came to Pasco in 1904, where his father owned a general store. Beginning his career as a cameraman for Cecil B. Demille, he became a world-class cinematographer, filming 125 movies in a 53-year career. He was nominated 16 times for Academy Awards, winning twice.
Michael Jackson was an all-around athlete at Pasco High School where he was named the Big Nine Player of the Year in football in 1975, during his senior year. He went on to star as a linebacker at the University of Washington, twice earning a second team All-American status and leading the Huskies to an upset Rose Bowl win over Michigan, in 1978. He finished his career at the University of Washington as the career leader in tackles. He was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame. He played eight seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. He presently serves as a youth lay minister in the Seattle area.
Bruce Kison was an athlete at Pasco High, graduating in 1968. He went to Columbia Basin College to play baseball where the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted him. He pitched in the 1971 World Series where he won the first night game in World Series history. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1971 World Series. After completing his major league career, he is now a pitching coach at the major league level.
Emerson Morgan dedicated much of his adult life to creating a better community for Pasco. He served Pasco High School in many capacities including teacher, football and baseball coach, principal, and athletic director. He was responsible for starting many of the youth athletic programs in Pasco in the 1940's and 50's. He is a member of the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame. He also served as a manager of Pasco's Chamber of Commerce and was elected to the city council in 1981. Mr. Morgan also dedicated countless hours to the Pasco Kiwanis Club and the Franklin County Historical Society.
Edwin Rosane was an outstanding student-athlete at Pasco High before attending the University of Washington and the Air Force Academy, where he was quarterback and member of the first graduating class there. He served a career in the Air Force and upon his retirement, he was the youngest and highest ranking officer in Air Force history. He went on to form a highly successful insurance company for service people in Dallas, Texas.
Rod Simons began his broadcasting career by announcing Pasco High football and basketball games until he graduated in 1978. After graduating, Simons attended college and went on to become an award winning news director for KSTW-TV in Tacoma. He has done broadcasting with the Seattle Mariners and Super Sonics. He was also the recipient of national broadcasting awards for his sports reporting. He is presently a sports reporter for Fox Sports Northwest
Ralph E. Smith-1930
Ralph Smith attended Pasco High and went on to teach criminology at Whitman College. Smith returned after World War II to work on the Pasco Herald. He was a widely acclaimed photographer, earning national recognition from the Associated Press for his sports snapshots. He donated many years to the community working on the Tri-City Water Follies and Tri-Cities International Air Show.
Josephine Storment taught at Whittier and Longfellow elementary schools in Pasco during a thirty three year teaching career. During World War II, she wrote to every Pasco service person, often passing information throughout the community. She belonged to the local Rebekah Lodge, Pasco Women's Club, Retired Teachers Association, and the Methodist Church.
Duke Washington is considered, by many, to be one of the finest high school football players in Washington high school history. He became the leading ground gainer at Washington State University. He was the first African-American to play in the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Texas, where he received an ovation at half time. He became renowned as an artist and has spent much of his adult life opening doors of opportunity for minority youth.
Kristine Weitz is a multi-talented individual who starred in basketball, track, choir, and also band at Pasco High School. After graduating in 1980, Weitz ran for and was named Miss Tri-Cities, Miss Washington of 1981, and was a participant in the Miss America Pageant. Using the scholarship she won, she graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in television production and a minor in music. She formed a professional band and has recorded three albums as well as writing music for movie sound tracks.