2011 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award - Education
Ronald “Butch” Hansen has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students over his long tenure at Community High School as an outstanding teacher, coach and longtime athletic director. He has always led by example, adhering to the values of hard work, commitment, dedication and integrity.
While attending Community High School, Butch participated in a variety of sports, including football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. After graduating in 1955 he attended Northern Illinois University, where he continued participating in baseball and football, serving as co-captain of the football team his senior year. Butch received his B.S.E. in Physical Education and Mathematics in 1960 and received his first opportunity to fulfill his dream of teaching physical education and coaching amateur sports in West Chicago at District 33 in 1960. He taught and coached at District 33 until 1962 when he joined the Community High School staff, where he remained for over 30 years. Butch taught mathematics and physical education for 15 years while also serving as football coach for 28 years, baseball coach for 21 years, as well as spending time over the years coaching basketball, wrestling, and track and field.
In 1973 Butch succeeded Robert Price as Community High School’s athletic director, a position Butch held for over 20 years. As athletic director, “AD”, Butch willingly put in the enormous amount of time required to run a quality program, while always insisting on playing by the rules and expecting his coaches and athletes to do likewise. As a former Superintendent during 17 years of Butch’s tenure one wrote,
“He demonstrated excellent judgment in his relations with students, coaches, parents and faculty members. He always strived to treat all of them fairly and with respect. In all that time I never had a negative comment about Ron’s work from a student, coach, parent or faculty member from our school or another school.” Richard M. Kamm
In 1974, only his second year as AD, Butch also served as defensive coordinator when the Wildcats captured the Illinois State Football Championship. When Community High School moved from the Little Seven Conference to the DuPage Valley Conference, Butch quickly gained the respect of a succession of fellow ADs. Butch was so respected that in 2004 more than a decade after ending his service as AD, he was inducted into the Illinois Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame.
Butch also served as Director of P.E., Health and Athletics for 16 years, served a term as President of the Teachers’ Association, served on the curriculum committee, and received the “Wildcat Booster of the Year” award for 1987-88. Finally retiring in 1993, he became an original Hall of Honor inductee in 1994. In 2006 Butch received recognition as an Outstanding Teacher from the District 94 Education Foundation in a vote open to alumni, staff, and the community at large.
A longtime resident of Winfield and avid golfer, he remains active in various community groups including the Knights of Columbus, St. John the Baptist Parish, and, not surprisingly, is often still seen in the halls and athletic fields of Community High School. As one former CHS Principal wrote,
“Mr. Hansen was one of the most energetic, enthusiastic, and positive individuals ever to walk the hallways of Community High School." John W. Highland
The CHS Education Foundation is honored to present to Ronald “Butch” Hansen, class of 1955, the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Education.