I wasn’t fortunate enough to know Maggie King.
I wish I had been.
She was a true trailblazer for girls and women’s sports at Mountlake Terrace High School when it wasn’t something fashionable to champion, back in the 1960s and ‘70s.
King recently passed away at the age of 84.
You can read her obituary here.
I got word of her passing from Terri McMahan, the Highline School District athletic director who was coached by King in tennis, volleyball and track and field – the only girls sports offered at the time – during her prep days at Mountlake Terrace, 1969-72.
“Maggie played a significant role in the battle for equity and opportunity in girls and women’s sports,” McMahan wrote in an e-mail. “She was an excellent teacher who, as often was the case in those days, coached everything at Mountlake Terrace. At the time I went through, 1969-72, she earned $129 per sport.”
King was named the Woman of the Year in Sports by the Everett Herald in 1979.
McMahan served as Edmonds School District AD from 1997-2008 and said it was a “great pleasure” to speak at King’s induction into the Mountlake Terrace Hall of Fame in 2002.
“It was a great moment in which to honor her contributions and make it clear to those in attendance that I would not be standing there if Maggie, and women like her, had not fought the good fight for the girls and women who now reap the benefists of their courageous work,” McMahan said.
Julie (Miller) Stroncek, current Edmonds School District AD, is a 1984 Mountlake Terrace graduate who also played for King.
“Maggie King was truly a trailblazer for girls sports at the high-school level,” Stroncek said, noting her older sisters also benefitted from King’s guidance and efforts.
A scholarship fund has been set up in Maggie King’s name to acknowledge her work.