East Valley HS (Spokane), West Valley HS (Spokane)
Hall of Fame Class of 1995
Howard Dolphin graduated from Eastern Washington State College in 1952 and coached at Otis Orchard High School until he came to East Valley High School (Spokane) in 1961. He coached at East Valley High School for 27 years until he moved to West Valley High School (Spokane) in 1988 as an assistant coach focusing on the throws. Coaching at West Valley gave him the opportunity to coach with his son-in-law and fellow Hall of Fame member Jim McLachlan. He was beginning his 43rd year of coaching at the time of his induction in 1995. In his career at East Valley, Howard’s teams won seven league championships and placed at state ten times, including a state team title in 1979. He produced nineteen individual state champions, including high school All-Americans Gene Lorenzen, Mike Shill and Vinnie Pecht. His work with Vinnie Pecht resulted in an All-Time Best Ranking for the state of Washington in the discus. He has a tremendous influence on his athletes as six of them were still involved in coaching in the Spokane area at the time of his induction.