Frank Inslee: SPS teacher, coach and athletic director, father of Gov. Jay Inslee
Frank E. Inslee died Monday night. The father of Gov. Jay Inslee inspired thousands of Seattle Public Schools students as a biology teacher, high school coach and athletic director for the district.
In a statement, Gov. Inslee said: “We're proud of what he did as a
teacher and coach, too. He was thrilled by taking unranked high school
basketball teams into the state tournament. But he was truly proud of
having helped his students build confidence and ambition. Today,
wherever we go, my brothers and I get to meet those now 60-year olds who
tell us tales of how our dad inspired them.”
Frank Inslee taught biology at Garfield High School and also served as
assistant basketball coach. When Chief Sealth High School opened in
1957, Mr. Inslee became the school’s head coach for basketball and
In 1965, he became athletic director for Seattle Public Schools, where
he strongly embraced implementation of federal Title IX to usher in
women’s athletics in schools. In 1977 he was named the state’s Athletic Director of the Year.