MHS Athletic Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees

MHS Athletic Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees
(left to right): MHS Activities Director Jeff Whisler, Rick Strelow, Karleen Strelow, Tom Strelow, Tom Strelow, Jr., Jim Keating, Bob Meslow, Don Joyce, George Smith, Beth Johnson
Warren Strelow was the head MHS hockey and basketball coach 1964-1983. He was the goaltender coach for the University of Minnesota from 1974-1983, and the goaltender coach for the 1980 gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Team as well as the 2002 silver medal team at Salt Lake City. Strelow went on to serve as the goaltender coach for the Washington Capitals, the New Jersey Devils, and the San Jose Sharks. Strelow was inducted into the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996 and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

Jim Keating was president of the MHS Booster Club for 13 years, president of the Mahtomedi Youth Football Association for 23 years, president of the Mahtomedi Basketball Association for 20 years, and has served as a member of the MHS football chain crew for 21 years. In addition, Keating has worked in MHS concessions for 15 years, was a two-term school board member, and coached both football and basketball for 30 years.

Bob Meslow was the MHS activities director for 25 years, head boys basketball coach for 17 years, and head softball coach for 10 years. Meslow has served for 32 years as statewide coordinator of football officiating for the Minnesota State High School League and 29 years as supervisor of officials for Prep Bowl. Meslow was inducted into the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame 2004.

Don Joyce (MHS Class of 1971) was an All-Conference (1968, 1969, 1970), 1st team All-Metro and All-State (1970), and All-American (1970) football player. He was two-time All-Conference (1970, 1971) in track and was the state champion in shot in 1971. Joyce was also All-Conference in basketball (1970). He attended Tulane University where he competed in football and track from 1973 to 1976.

George Smith was a teacher, administrator, and coach from 1951 to 1993. He coached the MHS football team for 43 years including four state tournament appearances. During his tenure, he compiled a record of 265-122, making him the second winningest coach in Minnesota high school football history. Smith coached the Metro All-Star Team in 1984, the Tri-Metro Conference Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1986, and elected to the Minnesota Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994.

Beth Johnson (MHS Class of 1994) was all-state and team captain of cross country, all-state and team captain for basketball, and all-state and team captain for track. Johnson was the first MHS player to score 1,000 points and is a former state record holder for steals per season. She won state in the 400-meter sprint (1994), 4x400-meter relay (1991, 1992, and 1994), and 4x200-meter relay (1992). During her time at MHS she earned 13 varsity letters, 13 All-Conference honors, and six All-State honors.

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The mission of Mahtomedi High School, a driven and supportive family of Zephyrs whose individual growth enriches the community as a whole, is to ensure a transformational experience in which students are life-long learners and empathetic community members equipped with the desire and ability to explore their passions through a vital system distinguished by:

  • inclusive and safe environments where all Zephyrs belong and advocate for one another through authentic relationships
  • a culture that seeks out and honors diverse and global perspectives
  • dynamic educational experiences for varied interests
  • embracing the discomfort of setbacks as an important part of the learning process
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Mahtomedi High School has a heart for innovation, provides rigorous academic coursework, and supports students to explore extracurricular opportunities. Our teachers and staff are passionate and dedicated people who explore innovative ideas and teach our students new ways of thinking to support them in whatever career path they choose. Students engage in project-based learning to solve real-world problems using industry-standard technology in the nation’s first M.I.T. certified FabLab housed in a public school. Fine arts is a vital and robust part of the High School and our visual and performing arts classes include ceramics, digital art, choir, band, and event broadcasting. We also offer Flex Time during the school day when students may receive academic support, engage in college and career exploration, and connect over common interests. Over 90% of our student community engages in extracurricular activities that range from athletics to robotics. Students’ social and emotional learning is addressed through various avenues including a restorative practices approach for student behavior and through our Zephyr Link Crew mentoring program.