North Central High School Distinguished Alumna

LUCILE (LEE) LILL

Class of 1934
Inducted 1999

While a student at North Central, Lucile Lill was captain of the tennis team and active in Vox Puellarum, Girls League, and Tamarack Staff. Legendary N.C. physical education teacher and coach Elsa Pinkham inspired Lucile to become a high school teacher. When Lucile joined the North Central faculty in 1960, she filled the position left vacant by Miss Pinkham, who had retired in 1959.

During her 15 years on staff, Lucile served as Girls Physical Education Department Head and Girls Intramural Sports Director. She directed the cheerleaders and Red Feathers. As tennis coach, she led the N.C. girls to 12 undefeated seasons over six years. Eight of her players qualified for the state tennis tournament as singles competitors.

Lucile Lill was also a renowned athlete in her own right. She was the Spokane Women’s singles champion in tennis and badminton. She served as the Director of the Spokane Badminton and Pickleball Club and worked tirelessly to further the sport of badminton in the Spokane area. Lucile received a 25-year award from the Greater Spokane Sports Association for her contributions to the Inland Empire Sports Association.

After her retirement from North Central in 1975, Lucile joined her husband in running the Lill Construction Company in Spokane. She later served on the Governor’s Board for Minorities in construction.

Lucile Lill died on June 23, 2009, at the age of 91.

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