Kathy Haines was a Trailblazer in Women’s Athletics

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 on our donate page.

CHS Varsity Head Coach Reunion Date is Set

Mark Saturday, August 21st on your calendar!

On this date the CHS Foundation will recognize and celebrate the athletic careers of over 120 coaches who have led the varsity boys' and girls' teams at CHS. We cordially invite and encourage all former CHS athletes to attend the dinner, talk about the old days with your coach, and help raise monies for the athletic department. The Reunion will be held at the Manzanita Place/Elk's Lodge starting at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased on-line or at local business establishments.

See a list of all the head coaches, athletic directors, and principals since 1902)