As a graduate of the class of 1961, Dick has always felt a strong sense of community at Jesuit High School. Dick looked forward to his return to Jesuit in 1970 as a history teacher and assistant coach for football and track. He was the fifth lay person to be hired. In 1972, he was named head track coach. In 1974, he became athletic director. In 1976, he left the classroom to become a vice-principal for discipline. In 1983, Dick became principal and in 1998 (through 2005), president. Throughout the transition, Dick was a rock solid paragon of commitment and integrity. Dick had the ability to make tough decisions with grace and compassion and do what was best for Jesuit. He was a quiet leader, stepping up to do what he needed to do. He believed in doing things the right way and leading by example.
“What we, the faculty of Jesuit, have to keep in mind is to remain faithful to a 450-year tradition of the Society of Jesus,” says Dick. With the transition from predominantly Jesuit to lay administrators and faculty, there was a loss of identity at Jesuit High School. Dick was instrumental in the creation of the Profile of a Graduate at Graduation as a living document that reestablished and refocused the school on what it means to be a Catholic institution. Dick and Fr. Hayes were pillars in their vision and leadership to grow the endowment, update and add new buildings, and refurbish and expand athletic facilities. The naming of the Gedrose Student Center was perfect because Dick was a supporter of all student activities.
There are three things that are most important to Dick: family, faith, and Jesuit High School. He viewed the Jesuit community as an extension of his family. He believed in people and had a heart of gold in making sure students and faculty were treated compassionately.
“As an alum, athletic director, history teacher, vice-principal, principal and president, Dick is a man for all seasons. Excellence permeates everything that he does.” ~ Mike Hughes ‘79, JHS Athletic Director
Dave Nicholas started his Jesuit career in 1986 as a PE teacher and head men’s soccer coach. In his first year, his team was undefeated in league play and won the state title in stunning fashion, 4-0 in the first 20 minutes and a 6-0 final. This was the first of 22 seasons. In his career, there were 16 league titles and 14 appearances in the state finals with 10 victories and one tie.
Dave has had many achievements in his career. He was coach of the year in league five times, state coach of the year seven times, and regional coach of the year three times. In 2006-2007, he was the league, state, and national coach of the year. In 1995, he was the teacher of the year.
Dave was always a teacher first and a coach second. According to Dick Gedrose, “Great teachers make great coaches.” Dave created one of the finest PE and Health departments in the state. He has been committed to teaching, aiming to educate the whole student into becoming a great citizen. His classes were organized, he had competency in everything that he did, and he set a standard that other coaches tried to emulate. Success was never about wins or losses, it was about how you treated people. Dave was the ultimate team player. It wasn’t about Dave Nicholas or soccer but what was best for all kids.
Jerry Hahn reflects, “Dave keeps things in perspective. He is an amazing teacher on the field and in the classroom. He took talented players and elevated their play. His enthusiasm and passion are infectious. He will always be one of my idols.”
“Dave Nicholas, the man, set invaluable standards at Jesuit High School that we still value and seek to maintain. Dave Nicholas is a legend. I am immensely proud to have known him personally and also to have worked with him on a day-to-day basis.” - Chris Thurley, JHS Men’s Head Soccer Coach
Laura Schott '99
Laura Schott’s soccer career has been filled with many accolades. Her leadership ability on and off the field are truly inspiring. Her high school career included four-straight state championships, a streak that included 92-consecutive wins. She received high school All-America honors from Parade Magazine and was named NSCAA Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year as a junior and senior. Her club team, FC Portland, was state champion for seven consecutive seasons. Laura also competed in the National Jr. Olympic Track Championships in the hurdles and pentathlon.
At U.C. Berkeley, Laura was a Hermann Trophy finalist in 2001. She was a four-time All Pacific 10 Conference selection and finished as the Golden Bears’ leading career goal scorer with 58 goals. In 2001, Laura had international experience playing for the United States National Team at the Algarve Cup. She appeared in five matches, making four starts for Team USA and scoring a goal versus Norway. Additionally, Laura played on the U-21 Nordic Cup Championship team.
After graduation, Laura was drafted by the Washington Freedom of the WUSA in 2003 and helped the Freedom to the 2003 WUSA title. In 2004, she played for the California Storm of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and led the WPSL in scoring and helped the Storm to the 2004 WPSL Championship.
Laura was the former Assistant Director at Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club as well as the Oregon Olympic Development coach and member of the Region IV staff. Her coaching at Eastside United Football Club led the team to a state championship in 2010. Laura is currently head coach of the women’s program at Portland State University.
“Laura has always carried herself with class and a fierce determination to ‘do well whatever she does.’ As a young lady, soccer player and coach she has excelled. It has been a great pleasure to watch her grow! Laura, congratulations on being Jesuit’s first female student-athlete to be inducted into the Hall of Fame! “ - Steve Fennah, JHS Women’s Head Soccer Coach
Fr. Bill Hayes, S.J.
Fr. William (Bill) Hayes S.J. has been an integral part of Jesuit High School since he arrived in 1960 to become the first vice-principal. After two years he was assigned to Gonzaga Prep in Spokane where he began a 14-year career, first as principal, then as president. In 1976, his final year at Gonzaga Prep, he successfully led the school’s transition to coeducation. Fr. Hayes next served as vice president of Seattle University and served briefly on Jesuit High School’s Board of Trustees. Following his time at Seattle University, Fr. Hayes completed two years as pastor of St. Joseph’s, a Jesuit parish in Seattle.
In the summer of 1984, Fr. Hayes brought his talents back to Jesuit High School as president. His impact on the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni in the Jesuit High School community was immediate and far-reaching. The hallmarks of his visionary leadership include the empowerment of lay faculty members, the establishment and growth of the Legacy Club (a group of individuals who include Jesuit in their estate plans), a concentrated focus on capital fundraising and growth of the endowment which led to financial stability for the first time in the school’s history, and the transition to coeducation which occurred in the fall of 1993. History teacher and football coach Jerry Hahn comments, “We are here because of Dick Gedrose and Fr. Hayes. We stand on the shoulders of these giants who had the vision and the strength to stick with it, and the faith to endure.”
But the true legacy of Father Hayes at Jesuit centers on the relationships he has fostered with the members of the Jesuit community—people who are deeply committed to the Jesuit mission. An avid fan of athletics, you can often find Fr. Hayes analyzing game plans, talking with coaches, and getting the pulse on upcoming games. His vision has been a gift, resulting in improved and new facilities—including the Knight Center, Arrupe Hall, and the Performing Arts Center—and the hiring of such outstanding teachers and coaches as Ken Potter, Gene Potter, Dave Nicholas, Tom Rothenberger, Mike Hughes, and Tim Massey.
The definition of a priest epitomizes Fr. Hayes. He brings God into the locker room as a chaplain for the football team for the past 13 years. He shares stories weekly, prays with the team, and creates a great sense of community among the players. For the players and coaches, he has a calming effect by putting into perspective God in our lives and on the field.
Fr. Hayes has built a community that exemplifies the values and principles of Ignatian spirituality. His vision to welcome and nurture lay persons on the faculty and staff and to reach out to all members of the Jesuit community has left an invaluable and indelible imprint on the school and on future generations of students. Fr. Hayes will always be a founder of Jesuit High School because of his continual support of the school and his faith, hard work and leadership.
Hall of Fame Members
1967 Football Team 1968 Football Team Erik Spoelstra '88
Herman F. Schattenberg Rosemary Lacey H.W. "Bill" Brands, PhD '71
Fr. Lawrence Robinson, S.J. Kevin R. Kelly '67 Allen R. Paz
F.V. "Irish" O'Brien John Dougherty, DD '64 Brian Doherty '70
Fr. Patrick Kenny, S.J. Timothy Casey '62 Kelly Britz '76 Stanley Brock '76
John Allen John Tuhy '61 Donald Odermann '62 Peter Brock '72
Len Casanova Bernard W. Albers '60 Richard E. Matteri '61