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PREP WATCH: PIL Hall of Fame has another interesting class
The Portland Interscholastic League continues to come up with impressive Hall of Fame inductees, year after year.
Impressive people, for what theyve done since wearing PIL uniforms as well as what they did in athletics while in high school.
Here are just some of the interesting examples from the Class of 2015, which will go into the hall on Sunday night at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport:
Elwood Cooke, Benson, class of 1932 He teamed with Bobby Riggs to win the Wimbledon doubles championship in 1939. He finished second to Riggs in the All-England singles final. Cooke and Riggs also won the 1940 U.S. indoor doubles title. Cooke, the Oregon singles and doubles champ in 1935-36, was ranked fourth in the nation in 1945. He died in 2004, the year he was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Tennis Hall of Fame.
Judith Martin-Morgan, Cleveland, class of 1958 She competed in AAU swim meets after high school, setting a record in the butterfly, but her claim to fame also was as a coach. She taught at Reed College, and one of her students was Don Schollander, the Lake Oswego prodigy who won five gold medals and a silver in the Olympics.
Morgen McAtee-Kelm, Franklin, class of 1996 In addition to coaching youth Classic soccer, she teaches fifth grade at Creative Science School in Portland.
Dick Brown, Grant, class of 1958 Served as associate professor of dentistry at the University of Western Australia for five years and practiced in Southern Oregon till his retirement in 1997. Has visited six continents and 51 countries in his 43-foot sailboat.
Tivon Abel, Jefferson, class of 1993 Won three Ivy League wrestling titles during a four-year career at Brown University. Fifth in the nation at 165 pounds in 1998. Teaches third grade at Portland Public Schools Sitton Elementary in North Portland, as well as computer application courses at Portland Community College.
John Holt, Lincoln, class of 1978 Spent eight-plus years as deputy attorney general of Idaho.
Terry Lenchitsky, Lincoln, class of 1958 Past president of the Oregon School Board.
David Brannon, Madison, class of 1984 – Coached football at the high school and CYO and semipro level, managed an at-risk youth care facility and now is a conductor for BNSF Railway.
Karen Strong, Marshall, class of 1973 Taught 34 years for PPS, including 28 at Fernwood (now Beverly Cleary). Also has spent 15 years as a high school basketball official (first woman to referee at the Class 1A boys state tournament in Baker City) and 20 years officiating prep volleyball and softball.
Robert Grove, Roosevelt, class of 1963 Enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1964, served as a colonel in the Mediterranean and Vietnam.
Julia Brim-Edwards, Washington, class of 1979 Former co-chair of the Portland School Board. Co-founded the Nike Innovation Fund. Senior Director, Global Strategy & Operations; Government and Public Affairs at Nike. Helped the drive to install new tracks and fields and improve the basketball courts at PPS high schools.
Pat Strickland, Wilson, class of 1989 Has coached Jeffersons boys basketball team to four state titles and worked for the Oregon Department of Human Services for 20 years.