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Woodbury High School: Halvorson headlines Royals’ third Hall of Fame class

Longtime football coach Gary Halvorson is among six former Royals greats who were named to the Woodbury High School Hall of Fame at the school’s third-annual Royal Rouser on Friday, April 25, at the Prom Center in Oakdale.

Halvorson, who was with District 833 from 1976 to 2010, is the winningest football coach in Woodbury High School history and led the Royals to their only state championship in 1998.

Known by many as “coach Hal” he also helped spearheading the movement to build Royal Stadium, which opened on Sept. 17, 1993.

In addition to Halvorson, Ann (Lindberg) Menier (Class of 1994), Bill Schiffler (Class of 1983), Dan Cavanagh (Class of 1997), Katie (Oien) Jones (Class of 1993) and Jennifer “Twink” Starr (WHS 1978-2001) were also named to the Woodbury Hall of Fame’s third class.

The “Royal Rouser” is organized by the Royals Booster Club and was sponsored by Minuteman Press, Globe University and Edward Jones Investments.

The event hosted parents, coaches, boosters and previous inductees into the Hall of Fame.  This year’s event featured a video announcing the 2014 inductees, a $500 drawing, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and food and drink for attendees. Entertainment was provided by Mr DJ (Dan Moran) as attendees played “Name that Tune” to wrap up the evening.

This year’s class of the WHS Activities Hall of Fame will be officially inducted as part of next fall’s Homecoming celebration as they will ride in the Homecoming Parade and will be honored at halftime of the Homecoming football game. 

The Royals Booster Club works to foster a positive environment, build pride, school spirit and a sense of community at Woodbury High School. The RBC also raises funds to support all WHS student activities including academics, arts, athletics and social clubs.

-Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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