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Grant Hanson

Grant grew up on a farm near Arcadia, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of four children. Grant was born during the “Great Depression”. Times were tough and caused them to work hard in order to survive. When they had free time, they played hard and became very competitive. Grant believes this was a major factor the character development of his youth. School and learning were very important to his family. Grant’s parents were very supportive and encouraged their children to enroll in all the curricular and co-curricular activities offered by the school. He took part in drama, band, and athletics while attending school.

After graduating from high school, Grant enrolled and graduated from UW-Eau Claire. He majored in social science and physical education. During this time he also participated on Eau Claire’s baseball team and was a varsity letter winner.

Completing his service with the Army, he taught and coached in three high schools: Eleva-Strum, Racine Park, and Stevens Point. Grant coached football, basketball, and baseball. While living in Stevens Point he was elected Wisconsin Valley Conference Athletic Commissioner.

After receiving his administrative licensure from Winona State University, Grant moved to River Falls in 1973 and accepted the high school principal position. He held that position for 22 years.
During that time, the girls’ athletic conference was organized. Prior to the mid 1970’s girls had one or two “play” days with other schools. In a very short time River Falls Athletics participation numbers doubled. His position as Middle Border Conference commissioner allowed him to exert pressure for equity with boys programs so that girls’ games had as many prime time schedules as boys.  Soon the need for an athletic/activity programs continued to expand, contributing to the physical well being, emotional stability, and character development of RFHS students.

Following Grant’s retirement in 1995, he worked at UW-River Falls for 11 years as a supervisor of student teachers. He continues to live in River Falls with his wife, Nancy. They have two children, Christina and Tim. Currently, Grant enjoys playing golf, traveling and spending time with his two grandchildren.