HIGHLINE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
HIGHLINE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
All nominations should be made in writing and mailed to the Alumni Foundation, accompanied with biographical information about the individual or team. Permanent plaques are displayed in the main office area at the high school.
Highline High School Hall of Fame Inductees
2021 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Dawn Tessandore Class of 1992
Dawn arrived at Highline for her junior year from Willamette HS in Eugene Oregon as a level 7 club gymnast (floor and vault State champion). During her junior year the HHS gymnastics team made a run for the League title but fell to Hazen. Dawn reached the podium for vault, bars, beam, and floor as well as earning the All-Around award in League. During Dawn’s senior year she joined the swim team as a diver and took 6th in League, 6th at District, and 13th at State. Highline won the league gymnastics title in her senior year where she placed on the podium for all events and earned 2nd All Around in league to her teammate, Lisa Espinosa qualifying for state. After graduation Dawn competed for her club team and landed on the podium for vault, beam, and floor for Level 9 state taking 2nd AA at regionals, which qualified her for Nationals in 1994, where she placed 215th AA for level 9.
In addition to being an incredible athlete and coach Dawn also became a teacher in the Highline District starting in 1998 at Chinook Middle School and then transferred to Highline High School where she is still teaching 20 years later in 2022!
Rick Barnhart Class of 1974
While at Green River, Barnhart caught the eye of Los Angeles Dodgers scouts, and the Dodgers selected him in the draft. He elected not to sign with LA, however, and that proved fortuitous for the UPS baseball program. Barnhart earned All Nor-Pac honors at Puget Sound, and in 1978 not only graduated but also was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. He signed that year, and from 1979-81 pitched in the Cleveland minor league system. He finished his competitive baseball career with the Lakewood Royals.
Barnhart has since moved into the coaching ranks. He spent two years at his college alma mater, then coached two more seasons at Fort Steilacoom before taking the Bellarmine Prep head job, which he still holds, in 1985. He earned the Narrows League Coach of the Year honor at Bellarmine, where he is also a teacher. Rick has coached and developed many baseball players including Jon Lester who was the Gatorade Player of the Year and became a World Series winning pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Rick is a great role model, leader and mentor at Bellarmine Prep and was recently inducted into the 2021 Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame.
Nick Castro Class of 1979
Jack Thompson, the famed WSU quarterback during a speech at the 2020 HHS Golf Tournament, mentioned that Nick was one of the toughest oppenents he ever faced including his college and pro career! Nick wrestled in the unlimited weight class taking on many opponents that were much larger with great success and recieved a football scholarship to the University of Hawaii playing for 5 seasons.
Nick is married with two children and his family enjoys boating, fishing and diving in the San Juan Islands.
2018 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Mr. Dave Stark, 2018 inductee, was a teacher and coach at Highline High School for 40 years (in the same classroom). He graduated from the purple and gold of North Kitsap High in 1965 where he played football and wrestled. He attended Olympic College (AA degree), served four years in the Air Force, another three years in the Air National Guard, and earned a BA in Science and an MA in Educational Technology from Western Washington University. Mr. Stark has five children and 14 grandkids, dome of which he coached at Highline, including 3 state qualifiers in wrestling. He coached football, wrestling and girls’ softball and was head coach of all three sports at one time. One of his softball teams finished fourth at stated, his wrestling teams won 5 league championships and with the advent of women’s wrestling, had a second place winner at state. Enjoyment of student successes is a highlight of his career. His advice for you…”Don’t listen to people who say you can’t do it.” Dave and wife Amy enjoy their large and extended family. He has been active in auto racing throughout the area and can be seen rolling multiple times in one event. Congratulations to longtime teacher and coach. Coming from a family of nine children, including twin brother Brian, 2007 grad Anthony Watkins competed in football, basketball, and track while at Highline. His advice to current students is to “do everything 120%, the best that you can do.” Living this advice, he became 1st team quarterback, 1st team defensive back and MVP of the Seamount League. Participating in basketball (3 years) and running track were all other accomplishments. Running both hurdle events and all sprint races, he cruised to a best time of 49.8 in the 400 at state. He was offered several football scholarships, eventually selecting Oregon State University, playing 4 years and earning a degree Exercise Science with options in nutrition and fitness. Anthony was student of the year and voted best physique for his class. He enjoyed history in Mr. Dave’s class. He is currently working on a Master’s degree at the University of Washington and works in the fitness and strength program with the UW football team. He is involved in fitness and other ventures here in Burien and is the husband of our other inductee, Kaitlyn. We are happy to have him accept for her today and welcome 4 year old Kameron and their families. This 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and 2007 grad set the Washington State 3A soccer scoring record with 105 goals. Kaitlyn (Heinsohn) Watkins also ran a leg of the 2007 4 x 100 relay. Her accomplishments in soccer earned her 1st team All-State, plater of the week, MVP Seamount Player of the Year, and district championship. While attending the University of Montana in Missoula for four years, her honors in soccer included Rookie of the year as a freshman, and player of the year as a sophomore. Kaitlyn lives in Burien with husband Anthony and four year old Kameron. She is actively employed by the Disney Corporation seeking advancement in the Tech talent area. Her motto for each of you, “Do not be afraid of failure, rely on self-esteem use your qualities, capabilities and remember, age doesn’t matter.”
2017 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Mark Buckingham - Class of 1963 & 4 Time State Champion in Gymnastics (right)
2016 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Geving is one of just two coaches to win 100 or more games in Portland State history. Prior to his stint as head coach, he spent four years as the associate head coach of the Vikings from 2005-09, which included a pair of Big Sky Conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009.
Prior to his stint at the Park Blocks, Geving spent a decade coaching collegiately in the state of Washington. In 2004-05, Geving served as co-head coach at Edmonds Community College. He was scheduled to take over as Head Coach prior to going to Portland State.
Geving worked three seasons at Seattle University under Joe Callero and one year (2000-01) as an assistant for Ken Bone at Seattle Pacific. That team was 21-6 and made a trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Geving previously worked under Callero at Highline Community College from 1996-98 where the Thunderbirds posted a combined 63-2 record and won back-to-back NWAACC titles. In Geving’s four years as an assistant at Highline CC, the team compiled a 107-18 record. He also coached future NBA player Brian Scalabrine at Highline.
Geving began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Central Washington University from 1994-96. The Wildcats advanced to the NAIA sweet 16 during the 1994-95 season.
On the court, Geving played at Highline CC during the 1991-92 season and helped the Thunderbirds to the NWAACC tournament.
A 1991 graduate of Highline High School in Burien, Geving set career, season and single-game scoring records (48) and was a three-time all-league selection as a prep.
Geving received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in health education from Central Washington in 1996 and earned his master’s degree in education from City University in 2000.
2015 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
2011 and 2012 1600 M State Champions
2014 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Breck Ivy- Class of 1995 - Track, Football, Basketball
Carol Clingan-Class of 1951 - Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Tennis
Dave Larson- Class of 1969 - Baseball Coach
Dave Larson Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame
2013 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Zura Goodpaster -Class of 1959 - Football, Basketball, Track
Kathy Seba - Class of 1980 - Basketball, Track, and Softball Daniel Stark- Class of 1996 - Football, Basketball, Track (Left)
2012 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
2011 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
2010 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Alice has worked at Boeing and is now working with husband Bryce in physical therapy in the Burien area. Both played basketball in college. Five kids have kept her busy for a long time as a volunteer, coaching soccer, baseball and of course, basketball teams. All five children play the game she loves.
Walt Hunt, 1980, FootballWalt was a two-year letter winner in football at HHS, National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete, 1st team NPSL defensive end, and 2nd team running back. He was Seattle Times “Star Times” football election, rated as a blue-chip prospect, and Prep Player of the week. Walt received Honorable Mention as a Prep Football All-American and participated in the 1981 East-West All State game. Walt attended the UW on a football scholarship, playing in the Rose, Aloha and Orange Bowls for the 1984 #2 team in the nation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
He currently resides in the Highline area where he is involved with many foundations as a donor and as a fundraiser for many civic projects, including the HHS Booster Club Auction. Walt has coached football at HHS, University of Puget Sound and Auburn HS. Several leadership awards have been earned with the National Football Foundation. He is a Park Board Commissioner in Normandy Park and an active speaker at football, foundation and community conferences.
Walt Hunt is a successful business entrepreneur and football coach. He and his wife, Lisa, have a six-year old Son Trey.
Jim Johnson, 1968, Cross Country/Track/SwimmingJim finished 2nd at State in the 2-mile in 1967 and 1968. He finished 3rd at the State cross-country meet in 1967 and won the High School 2-mile at the 1968 Seattle Indoor Track Meet. He set the 2-mile school record.
Jim attended the UW on a track scholarship. He earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and was recognized as UW Scholar/Athlete of the Year in 1972, graduating with honors. He was PAC-8 champion in the steeplechase in 1970, and finished 2nd in the 1972 NCAA championships in the steeplechase. He received the All-American Award four times. Jim was 1974 National AAU steeplechase champion and ran a 3:58 mile at Eugene in 1973. He went on to compete at the US Final Olympic Trials in 1972, 1976 and 1980.
Jim is currently with OneAccord Partners, previously employed with Pro-Tech Services and with PACCAR for 23 years. He met Pat Jones ’68 in study hall and they married in 1971. They have two adult children. Jim coached them both in baseball/softball and soccer. He still plays soccer with an “old men’s” team and restores vintage and historic racing cars, racing them with his daughter. He remains active in their church.
2009 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
2008 HHS Athletic Hall Of Fame
2007 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
2006 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
2005 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
2004 HHS Athletic Hall Of Fame
2003 HHS Athletic Hall Of Fame
2002 HHS Athletic Hall Of Fame
2001 HHS Athletic Hall Of Fame
2000 HHS Athletic Hall Of Fame
1999 HHS Athletic Hall Of Fame
Attached below is Rob's article on the history of the building Ernie owed and operated along with Ernie's NFL profile and stats. Of special interest is that Ernie played for 3 different teams (Eagles, Steelers and a combo team called the "Steagles" which ombined both teams during WW2 when there were few men left to play.
Thanks to Rob for taking the time to send this info about a HHS grad!