North Central High School Distinguished Alumnus
Charles "Chuck" Filippini
Class of 1972
Inducted 2016

During his student years at North Central, Chuck was a four-sport athlete, an ASB officer, and a member of the band. After graduation, he earned degrees at the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University. At Idaho he was a full scholarship place kicker on the varsity football team.

In 1977 Chuck began a 39-year career as a teacher and coach at North Central. In addition to his classroom work, he coached NC athletic teams throughout his career: Football (1977-1997), Varsity Baseball (1985-1990), Fast Pitch Softball (1992-2016), and Slow Pitch Softball (2001-2015). In 2013 Chuck was named the Greater Spokane League Slow Pitch Coach of the Year.

From 1993-2016 Chuck was the Advisor of NC’s SADD/WDFY Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions/Washington Drug Free Youth). For 20 years his fund-raising efforts allowed him to take groups of NC students to annual National Student Safety Program conventions held in cities across the nation from Honolulu to Orlando. Every other year, starting in 1994, Chuck organized “Mock Crash” and “White Out” demonstrations to help all NC students learn the important of safe driving.

Chuck’s education awards include Washington State and National Traffic Safety Teacher of the Year awards in 2001 and Spokane Public School’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2002. He further served Spokane’s youth as a basketball official for high school and college games for 38 years. Chuck’s volunteer activities in the Spokane community have included serving as a blood drive coordinator since 1979, a CPR instructor since 1979, and a Hoopfest Area Administrator since 1989.

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