Welcome to Harding High School Athletics & Activities

St. Paul, Minnesota

Robert Schabert

Graduated from Harding in 1940

Bob was born and raised on the east side of St.Paul attending Cleveland Junior High and then on to Johnson for his freshman year-seeing the light -he transferred to Harding for his sophomore, junior, and senior years graduating in 1940. He was very active at Harding- writing for the school newspaper and the yearbook. For three years he was the manager for the coach and the athletic director John Fahey- and he was the scorekeeper for both basketball and baseball.

During his sophomore year he started working got the municipal athletics department, did some scorekeeping and p.a. announcing of softball games and wrote feature stories about the big games. After Harding, Bob worked some at 3M,attended Mankato State College, worked at Montgomery Wards, joined the Navy where he spent over three years serving on Liberty ships and seeing the world. He attended the University of Minnesota after World War 2.

Bob started with the St.Paul Pioneer Press in June of 1947 and worked there covering a wide range of sporting events and conferences until his retirement in 1985. Two of his favorite areas to cover were speed skating (25 years) and bowling(forever). He started the Bowling Hall of Fame in 1963 and he himself was inducted into the Bowling Hall in 1975 and the State Hall of Fame in 199. Bob has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame- Fast Ptich Softball,Minnesota Amature Baseball Hall, and American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.

He is very active in the Harding Alumni group that meets for lunch every months and has always been available to help out in any Harding or St.Paul area activities.

Patrick Bowlin Sr

Graduated from Harding in 1947

Pat was in three sport athlete at Harding having played football,basketball,and baseball. He enjoyed playing all three- but baseball was always his favorite sport. The Harding baseball team his senior year did not win the conference title-but was a very good team with many outstanding players on it. During his years at Harding- the teams were nicknamed the maroons- which later was changed to the present nickname- the Knights!

After Harding, Pat played and coached in the city league baseball,basketball, and softball leagues for many years. He then served the Korean war in 1951-53. PAt and his wife Jean have four very athletic sons that helped coach- Bill,Pat,Tom,and Steve. Pat coach in the Little League Program for 12 years winning many championships and giving many area kids the opportunity to play and develop their baseball skills.

Pat was responsible  for bringing VFW baseball into the Harding area- coaching and continuing to help develop the young baseball players in this area- and winning two state VFW championships along the way. Many of the players that Pat develop went on to “star” at HArding High School.

After watching their “ four athletes” play for a number of years- the Bowlings was blessed with fourteen grandchildren that all play a sports at different levels. He has continued to be a strong supporter of Harding Athletics - attending many of Harding athletic contests. Pat Bowlin Sr very deserve joins his son Pat Bowlin Jr on the wall of Harding!

Robert Shimon

Graduated From Harding in 1950

Bob Shimon was a 1950 graduate of Harding High School. He enjoyed and excelled at sports,playing varsity football in his sophomore,junior,and senior year. Bob was named captain of the varsity of the football team his senior years, and was named to the All City Team.

Aside from sports,Bob participated  in a variety of activities during his years at Harding. He was active member in the Mummer’ Club plays, Choir operettas,and Boys “H” club. Bob was crowned Homecoming King his senior year.

As an adult,Bob was very active in volunteering for his community. He spent countless years at Parkway Little League, coaching, umpiring and “ all around “ groundskeeper. He was instrumental in starting the girls’ softball league at Parkway School. Bob was committed to Harding High school and for years served on the committed for the alumni golf tournament. In 2000, Bob passed away from Pancreatic Cancer. Bob looks good on the Harding wall!

Mike Shanley

Graduated from Harding in 1958

Mike was a “very active” Harding student athlete-not only competing on the football and track teams-he was involved in many other Harding activities and groups. In football he was selected as the most valuable players as well as earning all conference honors as a left tackle his senior year. In track he competed in the shot put, discus, and some running events- and had a very successful track career.

Some of the activities besides athletics Mike was involved in at Harding included Homecoming royalty, H club, Saga (yearbook), and Junior and Senior Committees. Mike went to work for the Northwest Bell Telephone - later becoming U.S. West and had a career spanning over 30 years - working in all areas of the metro.

Mike has been very active with the Harding Alumni Golf tourney over the years - and has contributed greatly to its success. He has been blessed with five grandchildren - and has found he is being challenged on the golf course by them. Mike winters in Arizona and is a “welcome” addition to the Harding Hall of Stars!

Dale Hogan

Graduated from harding in 1974

Dale was a three sport athlete at Harding - competing in football, wrestling, and track. Dale was blessed in his years at Harding- Harding was very successful in all three sports and of course he was a key part in all three. During his sophomore year the JV football team was city champs, he was the city champ in his weight class in wrestling, and finished first in the conference in the shot and discus.

During his junior year Harding football conference champions and he had a great seasons in wrestling and track. In his senior year - he was selected captain of all three sports- football, wrestling, and track. The football team won the championship and went on to defeat Edison in the Twin City game - giving St Paul its first win in 19 years. The football team finished second in the state football tournament. Dale was all conference his senior season in football along with several of his teammates. He had a great wrestling season- 22 - 2, won the district in the shot, earned his way to the state by making a great throw in the region - capping off his track season with all conference honors.

Dale concluded his Harding career be receiving the “H” blanket - a well deserved honor. He went on to Anoka Ramsey - earning a degree in business management and playing football and wrestling. Dale is a Data analyst at Best Buy, is married to Jill and has four great children, two grandchildren with another on the way. Dale truly was a part of some “Golden Years” at Harding.

Dave Lundquist

Graduated from Harding in 1977

Dave was a football and track standout at Harding High School. He was a member of a very good Harding football team. In the fall of ‘76 he won the city conference scoring title with 72 points in a seven game schedule, nipping fellow Knight Alvin Markfort by four points. In one of the conference games Dave rushed for 195 yards and four touchdowns, which were both high watermarks in the conference that fall. He is still tied for the most touchdowns rushing on the ground by a Harding player in a conference game, finishing his Harding career with a career average of 7.03 yards’- best all time at Harding

In track- Dave was a three year letterwinner and two time all conference selection. He helped the Knights win the conference title in ‘77. Dave ran the first leg of the 880 yard relay that led the conference for two seasons; including setting a St Paul Conference record of 1:30.4 - which will never be broken due to the change over the metric distances in the early ‘80’s.

Dave currently works as a systems analyst for US Bank in St.Paul. For the past 25 years he has worked as a high school and college football official- working games in the MIAC, North Central, and Big Ten. He worked a Division III National Championship Game. He also officiates in the Minnesota State High School Leagues adaptive athletic program- and has officiated the state adaptive floor hockey finals the past 12 years.

Dave is married to Sharon Karnuth(also a Harding-’77 grad) and they have two great children. If you watch some of the “big time” college football games-check the referees out- you may see Dave at work.

Sharon Ohs Swanson

Graduated from Harding in 1988

Sharon was a two sport athlete at Harding- she played basketball and softball. She earned many awards and recognitions in both sports. Her senior year the Harding basketball team had a great conference season and won the section earning a berth in the state tournament.

If you check the 1988 Harding yearbook-you will note that Sharon’s future goal was to “stay out of trouble and still have fun!” She has accomplished that- marrying Kennedy Swanson and raising three active- athletic children. She and her husband are still playing softball and demonstrating her athletic prowess.

Sharon had  a “ great” career at Harding High School and was known as the “ jock” at Harding which is an indicator of her interesant and abilities. She now is a Ceramist in a dental lab.

Chris Rambo

Graduated from Harding in 1988

Chris was destined to be a fine athlete- her father was a very fine athlete and she continued the Rambo traditionis was a three sport athlete at Harding- having played volleyball, basketball, and softball. She lettered in volleyball three years, was all conference her junior and senior years, going to the state tournament her senior year. She also was selected to play on the North Country Junior Olympic Volleyball team her senior year.

Chris played basketball all four years and was selected for the all conference teams her sophomore, junior, and senior years- and her senior year the team won their way to the state tournament. She had a great softball career- on the varsity three years and earned many all conference  and all regional honors her 10th -12 th year. The softball team were state tourney runner ups- her 10th grade year.

What a career! HOw many athletes experienced playing in state tournament-let alone playing in state tournaments in three sports. Chris is currently living in Chicago area and in the real estate business.

Anna-Marie L Larson Allen

Graduated from Harding in 1992

Ann-Marie was three sport athlete at Harding - running cross country, track and playing basketball. She started running track at Harding as a 7th grader with Willie Taylor as her coach and mentor. She lettered six times in track,, winner of numerous events and medals, she was all conference and competed in the state tournament in the long jump. In the eighth grade she started running on the cross country team earning five letters and all conference honors.

Anna-Marie also played basketball and was a part of a “great” Harding basketball team. She played with Shannon Loeblien Beck, Cara Pearson, and Lillie Brown. She and her team mates went to the state tourney two times and she capped off a great career by earning all conference her senior year. She won the Dave Winfield scholarship award her senior year and continued her education at the University of Minnesota. At the U of M she had a great career specializing in long jump and relays. She studied Public Health and Hearing impaired studies.

She married a former Highland Park (Boo!) track star-Roy Allen and they have two great children  - Isaiah and Olivia. Anna currently works as a nurse - and can be observed continuing her running - very often on the Harding track!

Dennis Amundson

Teacher and Coach at Harding 1977-2005

Dennis was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado- and his father was in the air force- which meant they literally traveled the world. One of the families stops was two and one half years stint in Tripoli, Lybia which he really enjoyed. The family settled in Washinton D.C. - and Dennis attended high school there. He attended college at St Cloud State and graduated with a degree in Physical Education. Dennis started his teaching career teaching elementary physical education in St Paul at Eastern Heights and Prosperity Heights elementary schools. He started his coaching career by coaching two youth baseball teams at Conway playground. His first official coaching job in the school district was coaching woman’s gymnastics at Battle Creek Middle School. The next year he coached wrestling.

Dennis started his coaching career at Harding - assisting in the wrestling program - and the second year becoming the head coach. He then moved into the volleyball program taking over as head coach and building a “very successful” program and record. Dennis states “we were blessed with many successful athletes including several all-state players who thrilled the fans and treated them to three state tournament appearances (1987, 1989, 1991).” He also helped out in many other programs at Harding - assisting in basketball, baseball, and softball for many years. Dennis was Section 3AA Volleyball Coach of the Year and he was honored as  Minnesota State High School Coaches Hall of Fame member.

When Dennis retired from coaching at Harding he moved on to become an assistant volleyball coach for the very successful University of Minnesota team for eight seasons then one season as an assistant at St Thomas University. This year Dennis assumed the position of head volleyball coach at Minnesota State University - Mankato.

Dennis not only had a successful coaching career at Harding - but was a very outstanding and dedicated teacher. He was in demand as a physical education teacher- and in the latter years teaching the fitness classes to Harding student body. He also for a number of years taught in the IB Baccalaureate Program- teaching the TOK class, the theory of knowledge class. Dennis was well respected by the students and staff alike - being selected the Harding Teacher of the Year in 2001. Dennis looks good on the wall - and he is missed!