Birth Certificate, which can be found in files of Ancestry.com, states Mr. Dawald was born in Badger Mountain, which is not a listed town in the State of Washington. Rather, it was most likely an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Washington.
Prior to moving to Richland, WA, Art Dawald was the varsity boys head basketball coach at Colfax High School (Colfax, WA) where he successfully led the team to consecutive Washington State B Basketball Championship titles.
At Columbia (aka: Richland) High School (Richland, WA), Art Dawald was a U.S. Government teacher; and, the varsity boys head basketball coach from the fall of 1947 through the end of the school year of 1970, at which time he retired due to reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65. During his teaching career, Coach Dawald was voted as the most popular teacher seven times by the students.
Coach Dawald's first regular season game was at home, in 1947, against Omak High School (Omak, WA) which the team won 60-51. Coach Dawald's final game was at the State Regionals, in 1970, against Central Valley High School (Spokane, WA) which the team won 51-50. The following are only a few highlights of Coach Dawald's career. The 1952-53 season started the Bombers' eight (8) consecutive appearances in the Washington State Basketball Tournament. The season of 1957-58 ended with the Bombers claiming the Washington State Basketball Tournament Championship title in which they beat Lewis & Clark High School (Spokane, WA) 58-52. In 1963, the Richland School District built a new gym with seating for 5,000+. It was not unusual for the gym to be at full capacity during many basketball games and seasons. On March 23, 1970, the year of Coach Dawald's retirement, the Richland School Board voted unanimously to name the gym "ART DAWALD GYM". The gym was affectionately known as "the house that Dawald built". On June 18, 1975, Coach Dawald was inducted into the Washington State Basketball Coaches Association's "Hall of Fame".
Coach Dawald was a modest man as evidenced by one of his many quotes, "I claim nothing. You've gotta have the kids that can do the job!"
1908–1985 (m. 1926)
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