Ted Hippi is considered among the greatest high school coaches in Pacific Northwest history. Linfield's first football All-American in 1939, Hippi went on to coach at five different high schools, compiling a phenomenal record of 236-37-2 while winning five state football championships.
Born in Andover, Vermont, he and his family moved to the logging town of Vader, Wash., when he was a young boy. Hippi received his diploma from Toledo High School in 1932 and attended Linfield College where he played football and basketball.
Hippi, the featured running back in Coach Henry Lever's single-wing offense, was named a Little All-American at the conclusion of his senior season. Hippi got his start teaching and coaching in Myrtle Creek in 1939, then moved to Dayton where he led the Pirates to the 1940 state football championship his first season as coach.
During World War II, he served three years with the Sixth Infantry's reconnaissance division in the Pacific Theatre. He returned to Toledo to coach football, basketball and baseball for four years, then coached for three seasons at Castle Rock High School and Centralia High Schools. With Hippi as coach, Castle Rock enjoyed a 27-game winning streak in football and reached the state basketball tournament in 1951, '52 and '53. Appointed principal at Toledo High School in 1955, Hippi continued to coach athletics. His football teams won four mythical state championships by being voted No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and achieved remarkable 27-, 37- and 48-game winning streaks.
Hippi retired in 1970, but coached for two more seasons in 1973 and '74. He passed away February 26, 1995.