Welcome to Harding High School Athletics & Activities

St. Paul, Minnesota

Hall of Stars Inductees - 2000

Howard Kinney
Howard played football and baseball throughout his four years at Harding and was selected to the All City Football Team of 1932-33. While at Harding, Howard was also, while active with several school activities including the Beacon Staff, Margold Club, and George Washing Assembly. Howard received a football scholarship to St. Thomas College in 1933 and made the team his freshman year. After St. Thomas, he took a position with Prudential Insurance Company where he received many honors over the years, including being top salesperson on several occasions. Howard prided himself on giving excellent service to his customers and, after being promoted into management, contributed to the professional development and success of several of his employees who, also went on to be the top sales producers for Prudential. Howard's outgoing personality, sales success, and desire to be the best caught the eye of a Dale Carnegie representative who recruited Howard to be a presenter for several of the highly acclaimed Dale Carnegie Courses. Howard was an active community member and served as president of the District 4 community council and, as a volunteer published the Dayton's Bluff Newspaper for 10 years. He has been very active with the Osman Shrine and she Salvation Army. Howard truly has been a great contributor to the community.

Walt Moryn

Walt played football, basketball, and baseball at Harding and was outstanding in all three- receiving much recognition and honors. After Harding Walt served in the Navy. When his Navy days were completed he has a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers - and was assigned to play with the St. Paul Saints. Walt had a great major league baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers - and was traded to the Chicago Cubs where he has several "great" years. He played in the Ernie Banks era and was one of the homerun leaders of this time. He was a left handed power hitting outfielder. He was in the major leagues for eight seasons - he also played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had 101 career home runs in the major leagues - hitting three in a game afainst the Dodgers in 1958. One of his career highlights was  a shoestring catch preserving a no hit game for Don Cardwell - for the last out. Walt lived and worked in the Chicago area when his baseball career ended. He was very active in the Old Timers Baseball Association and served as its president. Walt was very popular with the Cub fans and was in demand to make appearances. He passed away a couple years ago at the age 70.

John Larkin Jr.

John lettered in football and track at Harding. John was very popular with his classmates - many enjoyed his humor and friendship. He did not graduate with honors - but the seed was planted! After Harding John enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he was on the football team for three and one half years. In his freshman year the U had 238 players on the team his senior year. He showed his athletic power by being the intramural discus champion one year. He majored in chemistry and biology at the university. From the University he went into the Army and played football on the Army team stationed in Japan. He was named "player of the year" on his team and also a unanimous choice all conference selection. John was selected to the Far East Team and was one of the eight nominated to the All Army Team. Upon returning from his service duty he enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School to pursue his medical career. He was one of the top students in his class and was selected as class president. John did his residency at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Larkin practiced surgery in St. Paul very successfully until he retired in 1998. He taught at the University of Minnesota Medical School for many years. He did the first total joint operation in the Twin cities. As you can tell - John has given much of himself to his community - and the Harding community is very thankful and proud! 

Frank Seidl

Frank was a fierce competitor - he was known for his toughness and aggressive style of play. He inspired his teammates by playing hard and being a great leader by example. He played three sports at Harding and excelled at all three. Frank played football, basketball, and baseball - and was selected to the all conference teams in all three sports. During Frank's senior year Harding's football team won the conference title going undefeated  and winning some exciting games along the way. In basketball the Knights won the District 15 Title that has not been won by a Harding baseball team since 1940. In the spring of his senior year the baseball team shared the conference title making it a very successful senior year. Winning in all three sports indicated that Harding was blessed with some very fine student athletes and were blessed to have Frank Seidl being a part of them. He was selected to play in the All Star football game and helped lead the North team to victory  by scoring a touchdown. After Harding Frank stayed very active in the community and athletics playing on many amateur sports teams. He was involved in many professional organizations and had a long career in St. Paul Pioneer Press. Frank was a strong - quiet leader at Harding and a great contributor.

Reed Hess

Reed was a great thee-sport athlete at Harding - playing football, hockey, and baseball. He was a tailback and corner back in football, center in hockey, and a shortstop in baseball. Reed played in the state tournaments in all three sports. He was a team captain and earned numerous all conference and all state honors. After Harding, Reed attended Mankato State where he played football and baseball. He was on a scholarship and played corner back in football and center field in baseball. In baseball he helped Mankato to two College World Series. During his Mankato days he was selected to all conference team and earned all regional honors. Reed graduated from Mankato with an accounting degree. Reed work for the 3M Company and lives in Grand Rapids Michigan. He is married and has four children that are very active in athletics. He is coaching hockey at the bantam ans squirt levels in the Little Ceasars League Outside of Detroit Michigan. He is having fun and giving back to his community. His former teammates are happy to see his picture on the wall.

Judy Shimon Dean

Judy was very active in extracurricular activities at Harding. She was an exceptional three sport athlete. She played volleyball, basketball, and softball and excelled in all three. Her senior year she was elected captain of all three teams - proof of her leadership abilities. In volleyball she was elected to the All City Team and named Most Valuable Player both her junior and senior year.  She played short stop for the softball team that had a great session and finished runner-up in the state tournament. Judy received many honors and awards while at Harding, being selected the most athletic female, the John Rossi Athletic/Scholar Award, Nation Honors Society, and the Harding H Blanket Award. After Harding she continued her education at St. Cloud State and played volleyball and softball for the Huskies. She was the setter for the Huskies in Freshman and Sophomore year, leading her to earn a Division II All Tournament Honors. Judy finished her collegiate career at the University of Minnesota where she earned a degree in Business Administration. Judy is now married with two children and currently lives on Leech Lake in the Walker area. She is very active working, jogging, and enjoying the great outdoors. She is still active in athletics coaching soccer in community. Judy earned a spot on the wall.

Sandy McGahn

Sandy was an outstanding athlete at Harding. She played Volleyball, Basketball, and softball all three years. Sandy was a leader, hard worker, great competitor, and respected by her teammates. She earned many honors and awards in all three sports. She helped her teams have great success during her Harding years. sandy was not only a fine athlete at Harding - but a very good "student" athlete. Sandy attended Mankato State where she earned a degree with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. She played basketball on the Mankato State Team for four years and was selected co captain her senior year. Sandy has been very active in recreational athletics after college - continuing to be very involved. She lives in the Savage area and she can still beat her brother Jim in a one-on-one game of Basketball!

Angie Marie Conklin Schmidt 

Angie was born an eastsider! She attended Eastern Heights elementary school and Battle Creek elementary before coming to Harding High School. Angie was involved in her preteens - playing the piano, speed skating, and senior life saving as well as honoring her athletic skills. At Harding she was a three-sport athlete, participating in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She earned many honors in all three sports - All Conference in volleyball her junior and senior years, All Conference in basketball her junior and senior years, and the same with softball. She was selected to All Metro and All State teams her senior year. She was voted top female athlete in her class by her classmates and was the runner up Female Athlete of the Year for Ramsey County in 1988. Angie attended the University of Minnesota on a volleyball scholarship. She earned two varsity letters, received several awards and earned the Patty Berg Award for Academic Achievement  in 1990. Angie graduated with a speech communications major and a major in Spanish as a second language. She continued her education at the KRS Computer School and became a Microsoft Certified Professional Systems Engineer. Angie is currently working as a technical analyst for ADP Dealer Services in Eagan. She is married to Bryan James Schmidt and Live in Eagan.

George Katz 

George started his teaching career in out-state Minnesota in several small communities. In his beginning years in the out-state schools he coached everything, taught everything, cleaned the building, and drove the school bus as well - and George did all of those tasks very well! George started his teaching career in Central High School where he coached and taught Social Studies for five years. George saw the light and switched to Harding - the last year of the old Harding in 1962. George taught Social Studies at Harding until his retirement in 1977. He was respected by his students and teaching peers alike - he was always well prepared, he motivated his classes and students to learn, and he was strong and disciplinarian. His classroom was dedicated to learning - and his students learned! George coached basketball at Harding from 1962 to 1971. His teams were always well prepared - he was a taskmaster, teaching the fundamentals, strong emphasis on team play, he expected his players to preform at a high level and they did. His teams took on his character - hard working, strong discipline, very competitive, well prepared and never giving up. George and his wife Pat raised a fine family in the Como area and they have contributed much to our St. Paul Community. George Katz's contributions to Harding High School can never be measured - but all of the students that he thought are better off for having had him!

Lee Carlson

Lee was born and raised in Minneapolis, attending Washburn High School and Augsburg College. He earned a master's degree from St. Thomas College. Lee started his teaching career at Wilson Middle School and after a couple of years he made the move to Harding in 1969. Lee was a social studies teacher - with a special feeling for World History. For twenty seven years Lee devoted himself to his students and career with a passion and love for Harding recognized by all. He especially enjoyed working with challenged students - from Asian students needing help with English language to troubled students with discipline issues. Lee had a strong competitive and demanding style but was known to be always fair and honest. He met challenged head on with tough love for the good of the individual. He constantly looked for ways to make Harding High School better and more rewarding for his students - who knew he was always there for them. Lee coached basketball the same as he thought his classes - with passion. Basketball - he could not get enough of it - he continued to try to learn all he could about the game - going to clinics, reading, talking to any coaches that would spend time with him. He prepared and coached basketball with such great zeal - he could not wait to get to the gym and work with the kids and the sport he loved. The young men that Lee coached were not only well prepared to play basketball, but were prepared in many other ways to become good citizens as well. What ever task Lee took on Harding - you knew it would be done very well. He took over the student council, he had a Knight on a horse at the football games and rockets going off when Harding scored. He put on the Prom for a few years - and they were classy "sit down" dinner events. His last few years at Harding he took on administrative duties - he poured his heart and soul into the job. Lee and his wife Mary Jo had one daughter - Kelly, and lived in Bloomington. Lee's career was cut short at Harding, but his contributions were great!