Whether it was learning the fundamentals of health or the rules of the road, thousands of SHS alumni owe a debt of gratitude to Ron Strine. For 36 years Mr. Strine taught and coached at SHS.
He graduated from Massillon Washington High School where he was a standout student and quarterback. He then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wittenberg University.
Mr. Strine began his SHS career in 1958. His work as a freshman and junior varsity football and basketball coach, varsity track coach and varsity assistant football coach and offensive coordinator helped develop many of Shelby’s best student-athletes and 12 Northern Ohio League football championships, four undefeated teams, top ten state rankings and the school’s longest undefeated gridiron streak – 35 games during 1967-70.
In addition he started the Drivers Education program and led it for 31 years. He also served as assistant SHS principal for 14 years and spearheaded the Occupational Work Experience program for 15 years.
He retired in 1994. Says one of his former students, “As an energetic, talented and dedicated teacher and administrator, he set an excellent, life-long example of what it means to lead from a position of knowledge, strength and modesty. He inspired so many young men and women of Shelby to give their all and be their best.”
Mr. Strine lives in Shelby with his wife Connie.
Nominator: Lynn Guerin ‘65/’66