Northwest NEWS

June 24, 2002


NJH gym named after teacher

The gymnasium at Northshore Junior HIgh has been renamed Keith A. Dalluge Gymnasium in honor of retiring Physical Education teacher and coach Keith Dalluge.
   "All I could say was 'Wow,'" said Dalluge of the honor. "I've done nothing special except for trying to make kids better. I've been blessed to work with good people who have made me a better person."
   Keith retires this month after 33 years with the district, including the last 25 at Northshore Junior.
   He was a member of the staff when the school opened in 1977, and it's estimated that he's taught over 108,000 classes in the gym. He started his Northshore career at the Secondary Academy for Success and Leota Junior High before moving to Northshore Junior High. Additionally, he coached football, soccer, track, basketbal, and volleyball on both the junior and senior high level, guiding both Inglemoor High and Woodinville High girls' teams to state tournaments.
   "Keith has given so much of himself and his time to guiding young people not only in his PE classes but outside of class through coaching many different sports," says fellow teacher and coach Bill Boniface. "He is a master teacher and coach who was tough, but fair, and always quick with a smile."
   A plaque will be placed in the gym, which reads:
   "From 1977 to 2002 Coach Keith Dalluge helped guide thousands of young people while teaching physical education and coaching sports.
   In honor of his achievements and unselfish dedication, the students, faculty and friends of Coach Dalluge hereby name this facility the Keith A. Dalluge Gymnasium on this 14th day of June 2002."