Hilst recognized for broadcasting career

Rusty Hilst
Rusty Hilst

Rusty Hilst, long-time Hutchinson High School calculus teacher, was recognized tonight for a 50 years of work in his second job – radio broadcasting.

The week of Feb. 18 through 24 has been declared and is being celebrated as “Rusty Hilst Appreciation Week” in district schools and across the community. Hilst received the proclamation and was recognized at Thursday’s HHS vs. Derby basketball games.

Hilst also was recognized during Hutchinson Community College’s basketball games Wednesday evening.

Hilst began his teaching career at HHS in August 1966. In addition to teaching calculus, Hilst coached boys’ golf from 1971 to 2001, winning state titles in 1974 and 1994. As a Salthawk, himself, Hilst led the golf team to a state title in 1960.

The veteran broadcaster was named Sportscaster of the Year in 2004 by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. In 2005, Hilst received the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hod Humiston Award, given annually to a broadcaster who has contributed to the sports broadcasting field.

Below us the full proclamation, honoring Hilst, which was signed by Kail Denison, USD 308 Board of Education president, and Gary Price, superintendent.

WHEREAS, Rusty Hilst began broadcasting Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Community College athletics in 1969; and

WHEREAS, this 2018-19 school year marks 50 years of broadcasting by Rusty Hilst; and

WHEREAS, Rusty Hilst has announced his intention to retire from full-time broadcasting at the conclusion of the 2018-19 basketball season.

THEREFORE, The Board of Education, Faculty, Staff and Students of Hutchinson USD 308 proclaim the following:

We congratulate, commend and thank Rusty Hilst for his dedication to broadcasting Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Community College and NJVAA sports for 50 years in a consistently honest, calm, cordial, professional, fun and engaging manner. We also thank Rusty for all he has done for the USD 308 family for more than 50 years.

We now proclaim the week of February 18 through February 24, 2019, be declared and celebrated as “Rusty Hilst Appreciation Week” in Hutchinson Public Schools and across our community.


Signed by: Kail Denison                                                                   Signed by: Gary Price

Board President                                                                               Superintendent of Schools