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Former Flathead Standout Joining Alaska H.S. Hall of Fame

Durado will be inducted into the hall of fame at a ceremony in Anchorage on May 7

Bob Durado, a former standout athlete at Flathead High School, is being inducted into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame after a standout coaching career.

Durado was a star basketball and football player at Flathead from 1954-58. The all-state tight end played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1958 and later coached the all-state game as a player at Montana State University. He played at MSU for four years before graduation.

In 1966, Durado moved to Alaska and became the head football coach at East High School in Anchorage. He coached until 1982 and led the team to five state championships and an 84-42 record. He also coached girls basketball for 10 seasons and led the team to a 160-42 record and one state championship.

He retired in 1983 with the most wins in high school football and girls basketball in Alaska history. In 1986, USA Today named Durado one of the top 50 high school football coaches in the nation.

After retiring in Alaska, Durado also coached in Italy for a year and spent a year coaching 9-year-olds in Whitefish with longtime friend Bucky May. Members of that team grew up to become part of the Whitefish High School football championship team in 2015.

Durado will be inducted into the hall of fame at a ceremony in Anchorage on May 7.

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