Richard Swanson

Profile Updated: April 6, 2016
Residing In Duluth, MN USA
Occupation Teacher/Coach retired but still coach softball and football at Denfeld
Military Service Navy as a radioman active duty 1971-73  

I graduated from UMD with a B.S. in the fall of 1971 with a major in Social Science and minors in Political Science and Geography. I also went back to UMD in 1973-74 to pick up a further degree.
While at UMD I was a Social Science representative to the UMD student government and wrote a humor column for the UMD Statesman both in 1969-71 and 1973-74.
I participated in intramural sports and we were very successful with an organization called CHUG along with several other former Denfeld students that dominated the "Frat League".
I taught and coached in Duluth from 1975 through 2010 when I retired.
I taught various social studies classes at Cathedral, Washington Jr,
Woodland Jr., Central High School and 22 years at Denfeld.
I coached girls basketball at Duluth Cahtedral with Mike Johnson's wife Mary, at Hermantown with Bev and Skip LeClair. I was a varsity assistant at Duluth Central and went to State Tournaments in 1984 and 1986.
At Denfeld our GBB team went to State in 1992 finishing 4th. Our Teams at Denfeld were able to win over 300 games and 6 Lake Superior Conference titles and I was fortunate to be elected to the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000.
I head coached softball at Duluth Centrral from 1985-87 and at Denfeld twice from 1988-1998 and 2004 to the present. Our teams have won over 300 games and 8 LSC titles and went to State in 1990 finishing 4th. In 2015 the City Council voted to rename the Wade 6 and 7 fields the Dick Swanson Fields as an homage to living that long around high school kids with a modicum of sanity.
I now work with the Denfeld Alumni Association which has a very easy membership - just graduate from Denfeld. We try to promote the positives that involve the school, give tours, and have been given the stewardship responsibility of the Denfeld Hall of Fame.

School Story

In 1965, our junior year, Mr. Dale Strand was my English teacher. We were given the assignment of making an oral presentation about a fellow classmate.
Tom Sobczak decided to make his "the athletic failures of Dick Swanson". Believe me, there was ample fodder. It was mostly hyperbole and very funny or the class laughed a lot anyway.
Well, not so funny to Mr. Strand. He gave us both a "C" grade. Tom for supposedly hurting my feelings and me for letting him do it. Lighten up!

Elementary School? (The Class Portrait will be taken by Elementary School Attended.)


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Feb 18, 2020 at 12:52 PM

Happy Birthday from one old Ensign neighbor to another. Hope you have a great day.

Jan 21, 2020 at 10:21 AM

Hope you had a great birthday. My greeting is tardy as usual.

Jan 09, 2020 at 7:22 AM

Happy Birthday Bill. Try to stay out of those "fender bender's" - pretty scary stuff.
Have a great day.

Jan 09, 2020 at 7:11 AM

Happy birthday Joan, to the smartest kid in Mr. Strand's English class..

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Nov 26, 2019 at 12:04 PM

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019 at 1:11 PM

Happy birthday! Glad to see that GR high school will be joining the LSC.

Nov 25, 2019 at 1:08 PM

Sounds Idyllic. have a great birthday.

Nov 15, 2019 at 10:47 AM

A belated Happy Birthday. Tardy again just like most of my sophomore year. Hope it was a great day.

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Nov 14, 2019 at 3:40 AM
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Nov 01, 2019 at 9:50 AM

Posted on: Oct 30, 2019 at 12:11 PM

Have a great birthday. Born on Halloween but never too scary.

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Oct 02, 2019 at 1:53 PM

Posted on: Sep 30, 2019 at 8:22 PM

Hope you had a great birthday.

Sep 19, 2019 at 3:49 PM

Have a great birthday. It was nice to see you come up for the golf
although it is probably not for favorite hobby. All the best with your health.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 1:45 PM

Posted on: Sep 13, 2019 at 10:08 AM

Just thinking back to days at Unity where you helped me
navigate through uncharted waters . Have a great birthday.

Aug 09, 2019 at 9:35 AM

Denise, I hope you have a great birthday..

Jul 08, 2019 at 11:05 AM

You were born on July 4th and Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4th.
Quite a trade off. Hope you had a great day and took all the fireworks personally.

Jun 18, 2019 at 6:26 PM

Nothing like these hot June nights to celebrate your birthday outside.
Hope you had a great day and didn't pull any muscles chasing Gabby

May 07, 2019 at 12:07 PM

Happy birthday on the 14th. What is more fun than being in your 70's and
calling old friends to compare ailments and meds? Put that in the category of
stuff I said I would never do when I was 21. Have a great day.

Feb 20, 2019 at 6:36 PM

Hope you had a great birthday. Loved the old Ensign neighborhood. So many kids it was like an ant hill. You add a touch of class to our class.

Feb 07, 2019 at 3:02 PM

Late as usual. Hope your birthday was great. I should have learned from
Flossy Peterson long ago that its very bad form to be tardy with no excuse.

Jan 18, 2019 at 6:02 PM

Nancy, have a great birthday.
Whoever said birthdays only come once a year doesn't understand that they seem
like every 6 months at our age and 18 months when you're 6. Enjoy your day.

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