Kathy Haines was a Trailblazer in Women’s Athletics

Katherine Haines

Born in McCloud and graduating from Yreka High School and Chico State, Kathy was an integral part of Chico High from 1964 until her retirement in 2000.  She served as a PE teacher during those years as well as girls' basketball coach (1975-1998), softball coach (1975-1998), and Athletic Director (1987-2000).

Chico High was a big part of Kathy's life.  In conversations with her you would always end up talking about Chico High students and faculty.

Kathy was involved in athletics not only at CHS but within the Northern Section and CIF as well.   In the early 70's, when Title 9 was ushered in, Kathy was part of the statewide implementation of competitive interscholastic teams for girls.  For their significant involvement, the California Interscholastic Federation honored her and other women who sat on the committee to initiate girls’ interscholastic sports.

She went about her job in a quiet way but the focus was always on students.  She was not one for a lot of words and her motivation was working to improve and develop the players. 

“When I became the girls' basketball coach and then the athletic director, I was proud to be able to carry on traditions that Kathy had worked so hard to set in place.” Bob Hanson, Chico High. 

Memorial donations to the Chico High School Foundation may be made in Kathy’s name to the Chico High School Athletics' Endowment

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