Truman Lentz, 1998 inductee to the "Wall of Fame" in the Koplitz Fieldhouse, was born November 8, 1914 in Vancouver, Washington. His family moved to Chinook when Truman was in grade eight and he graduated from Ilwaco High School in 1933. While at Ilwaco he played on two undefeated football teams and participated in basketball.
He attended Central Washington State College in Ellensburg, Washington and following graduation he taught one year in Sunnyside. The following year (1942) he was hired by Chauncey Davis to teach in the South Bend School District. He spent his first year in the "A" Street School and began coaching as an assistant to Peewee Harris. The next year he was the varsity coach for basketball and track. In 1946, his football team was undefeated in the Pacific County League.
Truman gave up coaching and became principal of the new elementary school in 1953. He was elected President of the Washington State Elementary Principals Association in 1964-65. He was elected to the County Board of Directors and served on a statewide committee and also attended the National Convention in Minneapolis. He retired from the South Bend School District in 1974 after thirty-two years of service.
Truman married Lois in 1939 and they had four children; Martin, Nancy, David, and Carl. She died in July of 1988. He remarried Kay Fuller in 1990 and they enjoy traveling, square dancing and between them, twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren.