Hall of Fame Inductee - Dick Heitholt

Heitholt, a 1945 graduate, began his high school career in Payson before coming to Quincy for his senior year. He was one of six seniors who helped the Blue Devils finish in third place in the state tournament, and he was named to the all-tournament team. He also earned a spot at end on the football team, though he came to Quincy from a school that didn't field a football team. Heitholt also kicked off for the Blue Devils, and he earned a letter in track. His chance to letter in four sports was foiled when he was called to active duty in the Navy before the spring term was over. After a brief stay at Northwestern University, Heitholt returned to play baseball and basketball at Quincy College. He then played for two seasons in the minor league system of the Chicago Cubs. Coaching stints at West Pike and Pittsfield eventually paved the way for Heitholt to be named principal at Pittsfield and later at QHS, where he served from 1967 to 1985. He played a leading role in the formation of the Western Big Six Conference.

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