Doris Burdin: “Good Morning!”

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Courtesy: Cecilia Vu

Doris Burdin was a long time and beloved teacher, coach and mentor at Evergreen High School.


Doris Lee Burdin was a lifetime resident of the Seattle area, a 1960 graduate of Chief Sealth High School, and a pre-Title IX athlete at the University of Washington.  At UW, Ms. Burdin studied physical education/health and minored in science, graduating in 1964.  She was an avid Husky fan her entire life.

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Courtesy: Daylene Boehm

Ms. Burdin began teaching at Evergreen in the fall of 1964.  She spent her entire educator career of 48 years at Evergreen High School, where she had an enormous impact on all those she interacted with, from students to athletes to fellow teachers and community members.

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Courtesy: Daylene Boehm

Not only did Ms. Burdin teach academics, but she truly believed in teaching “life lessons.”

From the classroom to the court, no matter who you were, you were treated with the same care, respect and expectations as everyone else, and you were always greeted with a smile and a “Good morning!

Ms. Burdin coached basketball for a number of years, but is best known for her 48 years of coaching tennis, first as a volunteer, followed by a stint as assistant coach.  As she states, she survived two head coaches and took over the program too many years ago to remember exactly when.

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Courtesy: Keilah Fanene

Ms. Burdin taught tennis to thousands of students.  Staff and students kept her coming back.

She never cut a player and found a way to work with the large numbers that came her way.  Low numbers experienced around the league in some sports never was an issue with Evergreen tennis due to the great respect and appreciation players had for Ms. Burdin.

Ms. Burdin made clear that Evergreen’s program was not thick with private club kids.  Her players were “home-grown park kids” who developed a love and passion for the sport.

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Courtesy: Michelle Chen

Evergreen Tennis captured many league titles over the years, but Ms. Burdin was most proud of five State Academic Titles: three by girls’ teams and two by boys’.

The tennis courts at Evergreen High School are named the “Doris Burdin Courts” in her honor.

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Courtesy: Michelle Chen

Ms. Burdin passed away at the age of 72 on October 28, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. She passed peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones.

 

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