Dick McGovern, 1998 inductee to the "Wall of Fame" in the Koplitz Fieldhouse, was born August 26, 1933 in Burlington, Washington. Dick spent most of his adolescent life in Concrete, Washington, where he graduated from Concrete High School in 1951.
While at Concrete High School, Dick was an active student/athlete, lettering three years in football, two years in basketball, and three years in baseball.
Mr. McGovern enlisted in the United States Air Force, and served his country for four years. He was stationed in France, Germany, and Turkey from March of 1952 until December of 1955. Thereafter, Dick attended Western Washington University. While at Western in participated in football and basketball. In August of 1958, Mr. McGovern married Lila Johnstone and began teaching at South Bend on an emergency teaching certificate. He returned to Western, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1959.
During Mr. McGovern's tenure at S.B.H.S. He taught seventh grade one year. He moved to the high school his second year and taught Biological Sciences and various math and science classes. He co-directed the Letterclub Bingo for thirty years and was instrumental in building the concession stand at Milliam Field. With respect to athletics, Dick coached junior high football, basketball (both lightweights and heavyweights), and track for five years, varsity football coach for nine years, assistant track coach for twenty years, assistant varsity boys basketball coach for twenty-one years, and varsity boys basketball for six years with two of his teams qualifying for the state tournament in 1987 and 1989.
Dick retired from his teaching and coaching career in 1991 after thirty-two years working and volunteering for the District. He and his wife Lila are proud of their three children; Kathy, Kelley, and Mike, as well as grandsons Casey and Kelly Spoor and Tanner McGovern.