As a member of the North Central band, Don Eagle acquired a love of music that turned into a lifelong career. A popular musician in Hollywood, he appeared in several movies, including A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court with Bing Crosby, The Strip with Mickey Rooney, and The Night has a Thousand Eyes with Edward G. Robinson. During World War II, Don served his country traveling thousands of miles with the USO to entertain troops at military bases and hospitals.
He returned to Spokane in 1952. With the Don Eagle Trio and other groups, he was a fixture on the Spokane Entertainment scene for 40 years. Don played atop the Ridpath Hotel for 17 years. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in education in 1956.
Don dedicated his nights to entertaining Spokane and his afternoons to North Central High School. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, he helped coach NC football teams and later wrote a book on the history of North Central football. For many years he helped raise money by entertaining at annual fundraising cons. As a prominent member of the North Central Alumni Association, he worked to raise money that was used to purchase band uniforms and a new reader board on the corner of Howard and Maxwell.
The 1968 North Central yearbook was dedicated to Don Eagle. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 78.