Welcome to Harding High School Athletics & Activities

St. Paul, Minnesota

                                          JIM EGAN
                         Graduated from Harding in 1946
Matthew James "Jim" Egan started his Football career at Margaret playground when he was 12 years old. He and his teammates rode the streetcar to Dunning Field to play their games. 

For the Knighs, Jim started playing Football as a Freshmen. In 1943, as a Sophomore, Jim and Gene Bergman were called up to play the last three games of the Varsity season by Head Coach John fahey. The following fall, Jim was voted All-City as a Junior. In 1945, Jim's Senior season, Jim was once again voted to the All-City team. He was also voted Homecoming King by his peers.

After graduation, in the summer of 1946, Jim played in North/South game. he was named team captain of the south team. That fall, Knights Coach John Fahey asked Jim to coach the Freshmen team. Jim was paid $50 for the season; perhaps becoming the youngest coach in the Saint Paul Prep Conference.


                   Diane Rae Hartwick Winkler
                                    Graduated from Harding in 1949
Diane began her high school career in 1945 and admirably represented Harding for four years as a majorette and band leader at Football games, parades, and school assemblies. In addition, she coordinated the Jive Hive dances, volunteered on various high school committees and was elected secretary pf the 1949 Harding High School Senior class.

Following high school, Diane married Lou Winkler and settled into the Eastside of Saint Paul. While raising their five children, she served as the only woman district commissioner of the Minnesota Babe Ruth Baseball League and worked as a student coordinator for Eastern Heights and Nokomis Elementary schools.Today, she is fortunate to be surrounded by 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In recent years, her volunteer endeavors turned to the Saint Paul festival & heritage foundation as she was selected to serve the senior Royalty as Queen of the Northlands. Every winter the Saint Paul winter carnival royalty provides entertainment at nursing homes and the science museum as well, instructing over 3,000 students at the winter carnival's fun and free events. Diane has also been crowned Ms.Senior of the Eastside served as grand Marshal of the White Bear Avenue Parade and continue to co-host the television show "generations" on the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, channel 15. This program interviews people from around the globe to help people 50 and better live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

                            Alex Jackson
                       Graduated from Harding in 1979
Alex is proud to be a member of this years class. He would like to congratulate the other 2016 Hall of Stars inductees. Alex played Basketball and Football for the Knights from 1976-1979. He played Football for three years, two of which were coached by Mr.Ken Mauer. Coach Mauer was a good coach, losing only five games in two seasons. Alex also played for the 1976 9-0 B-squad championship football team which was coached by Mr. Tom Gunderson and Mr. Bruce Virgin. The last game of that season was a 14-6 victory over St. Paul Central.

Alex played Basketball all four years. The Knights were a fun team that worked and played hard. His senior year, Alex was voted to the All-Conference team. He would like to thank Mr. Jerry Keenan and Mr. Lee Carlson for their patience and support.

As a kid, Alex grew up in the Selby/Dale neighborhood. He started his athletic career playing for Oxford playground from 1970-1976. Over that span, he was fortunate to play with some great teams and win several championships. His coaches included: Mr. Bill Peterson, Mr. Dave Goodlow, Mr. Frank White, Mr. Jeff Goodlow, Mr. Steve Winfield and Mr. Bill Carter.

In the Spring of 1979, Alex graduated from Harding and went on to play Football at Inver Hills College. He enjoyed playing, learning and winning a championship with the school.

Alex would like to thank his children: June Jackson, Alexis Jackson, Alex Jackson and his step-son Michael Billups. Alex has five grandchildren and has been working for fairview Health for 25 years. A special thanks to his Point Guard and friend, Phillip "Scrap" Williams.

                             Dave Werner
                      Graduated from Harding in 1984
During his Senior year, Dave played Football in the fall, hockey in the winter, and Golf in the spring. If memories serve him correctly, his Football team had a record of 6-3 and Hockey was 14-6 with a loss to Henry Sibley in the section playoffs. During that winter, Hill-Murray and Johnson were still in the very competive St. Paul city conference. Both of those teams participated in the State Tournament. Dave recalls competing and beating several elite athletes during his career. The Knights beat Cretin and their Quarterback, Steve Walsh for Homecoming. Chris Garrett and the Johnson Govies to secure the Hatchet in Football. Overall, Dave lettered three times in Football, twice in hockey,  and had Captain responsibilities for both.

While at Harding, Dave was grateful for his coaches. Mauer, Kiemel, Davis and Grant were coaches who taught him how to compete and how to lead. To play Varsity Hockey, all players had to run around Lake Phalen and "beat" Coach Davis. The run always came at the conclusion of Football season and just prior to the Hockey season. Dave was never a strong runner, but coach Davis was. He'll never forget how Davis slowed his pace near the end of the run to allow the slower guys like Dave to "beat" him. Later in life, Dave learned running was an efficient way to exersise. He ran the Twin Cities marathon in 2004 and has coach Davis to thank for helping him check that off his bucket list!

At Harding, Dave was grateful for the friendships he has made. In athletics, his teammates and friends included Dave Dochniak, Joe Schwartz, Steve Blackstad, Jim Verhulst, Aaron Defore, and Tony gagliardi. Upper classman like Neal Sullivan, Jay Larson, Bill Ammentorp, Doug Link, Nate Edwards, Brian Sherrick and others "toughened himup" in his Sophomore and Junior years.

He would like to acknowledge that his girlfriend at Harding was Debbie Pilger, later becoming his wife. Dave and Debbie have three daughters and a son and have been married for over 25 years.

After Harding, Dave went to Gustavus Adolphus College where he played Division III Football for four years and hockey for two. In 1987, his senior year, they finished the regluar season undefeated at 10-0. At Gustavus, he lettered four years and started as an offensive guard for two years. His senior year, he was awarded the Craig Olson award for work ethic and determination.