Onalaska HS, Toledo HS, R.A. Long HS, Mark Morris HS
Hall of Fame Class of 2004
Dwight Cranston has coached in Washington State in six different decades starting in 1958. He has been a huge part of the Longview Athletic scene. Dwight has coached at Onalaska High School, Toledo High School, R.A. Long High School and Mark Morris High School. He spent eighteen years as a head cross country coach, sixteen years as a basketball coach and eleven years as a football coach, but it is the sport of track and field where his impact has been recognized the most.
Coach Cranston has twenty-five years experience as a head track and field coach, fifteen years as an assistant and five years as a volunteer. Dwight’s teams compiled a dual meet record of 192 wins, 68 loses and 2 ties. He guided teams to six league championships, two co-championships; three second place finishes along with ten sub-district championships. On the state level, Dwight’s teams produced eleven state champions and seven runner ups. As a testament to his commitment to the sport, after retiring from the high school ranks, coach Cranston returned as a volunteer at Lower Columbia College, Mark Morris High School and Cascade Junior High. His commitment extended beyond the high school season in his work with the Longview Track Club (AAU) which he organized and ran from 1965 to 1980.
Dwight has received much other recognition that speaks to his strong character and his commitment to the sport. In 1972, the United States AAU invited him to participate in the track coaching clinic as Sacramento State University in conjunction with the Russian-American Junior International Track and Field Meet. He was recognized by the Longview American Legion Post 155 with The Service to Youth Award in 1980. The Rotary Club of Longview awarded him The Service above Self Award in 1983. He has been awarded The Lifetime Membership Award by the R.A. Long Booster Club and was recognized by the Southwest Washington Activities Association with a Lifetime Membership Pass. Dwight Cranston has also been a paid member of the Washington State Coaches Association for over forty years. He continues to support the sport of track and field and his love for the sport has lived on in many former athletes.