Wenatchee High School Panthers

Athletic Hall of Fame


Ethel Humphrey
COACH 1926-32 Girls Basketball, Track and Tennis
Ethel, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, developed a basketball program at Wenatchee High that won an incredible 94% of its games while compiling a 70-4-1 record. Her teams triumphed in 27 consecutive games from 1926 through 1927-28, and then, after a loss, won 14 more in succession. According to the 1931 WaWa, WHS's yearbook, "There is no question that such a long line of victories can only be attributed to the "power" behind the machine - the coach. Through her unfailing efforts, hard work, constant encouragement and fine sportsmanship, she has instilled in her team those same qualities that have made for success."

During Ethel's tenure, the Panthers captured six county basketball championships and had three undefeated seasons. Unfortunately, no state basketball tournament for girls existed while she coached.

Ethel was in charge of most of the girls teams at WHS, including track and tennis, with similarly outstanding results, until the economy of the Great Depression ended the athletic program for females in 1932.

Miss Humphrey taught biology at Wenatchee High for many years following her coaching success, and was better known to those students by her married name - Ethel Case.

- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.