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Catalog Number 2017.010.002
Description Earl Hansen Sports Hall of Fame Plaque, 2017. Rectangular brushed metal plaque attached to laminate wood grain board with copper colored brads. Hole drilled in top center of wood portion. Peninsula Sports logo in upper left corner of metal portion - green trophy cup surrounded by blue stars - "2017 Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame."

Photo of Earl Hansen, taken 2006-07, in upper right corner of metal inset. Dark blue background, man has gray hair (balding on top) and mustache, wearing navy polo shirt with white striped color.

Text under logo and photo reads "Earl Hansen / Cubberly High School / Inducted April 13, 2017 / Palo Alto High's sports legacy runs deep, well over a century. But no Paly coach has put / his stamp on a Vikings' athletic program like Earl Hansen. He directed the school's / varsity football team for 26 seasons, retiring after the 2013 campaign. During his / exemplary tenure, his teams won more than 200 games, four Central Coast Section titles / and a 2010 California State Division I bowl game championship (with a 14-0 record, best / in school history). That upset win was achieved over the nation's No. 5-rated team, / Centennial of Corona, which had been averaging 54 points per game. Hansen was / named the state's Coach of the Year after that stunning performance. The Cubberley / High alum tutored a number of future NFL players, including Jim Harbaugh, Davante / Adams and Drew Hodgdon." (Name and school bold text, all caps, induction date bold cursive, biography case sensitive)

Sponsorship information below biography. Text included in inscription field.
Object Name Award
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title Earl Hansen Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame Plaque, 2017
Date April 13, 2017
Creator Spotlight Impressions (San Mateo)
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text Below biography on front of plaque, "Sponsored by / San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau / In cooperation with / The Westin S.F. Airport / Media sponsor / San Mateo Daily Journal" (1st, 3rd and 5th lines all caps and bold text; 2nd, 4th and 6th lines case sensitive)

Back of plaque, gray oval sticker, top center: "spotlight impressions / your source for name badges, signs and awards / 147 South B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 / (650) 348-5520 phone (650) 348-2974 fax / /" (All lower case except for address line.)
Provenance Earl Hansen was inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame on April 13, 2017 for his contributions to high school football. The Sports Hall of Fame honors people from the San Francisco Bay Peninsula who have impacted the local sports scene.
Notes "The Hall of Fame honors Peninsulans who have had an impact on the local sports scene and, perhaps, beyond.
During its first 22 years, the Hall of Fame, located at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, has grown to include more than 220 people." [ 09/13/2017]

"Hansen, 62, leaves [after retiring in 2013] as one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Central Coast Section. He won four section championships — three since 2006 — and led the Vikings to a 14-0 record and Division I state title in 2010. That season, he was named Cal-Hi Sports’ state coach of the year.
In his early years at Palo Alto, Hansen coached high-profile quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who went on to star at Michigan and the NFL before coaching Stanford and the 49ers. In the past three seasons, Hansen coached another high-profile quarterback, Keller Chryst, who has committed to Stanford." [ 09/13/2017]

"Paly head football coach Earl Hansen has led the Vikings to 195 wins, four Central Coast Section titles and two California State Bowl Game appearances in 27 seasons. He was also named the 2010 Cal-Hi Sports Coach of the Year after a perfect 14-0 season, which culminated in a state championship...
Hansen grew up in Palo Alto living with his mother, father, brother, and sister.
In Hansen’s time, Ray Lyman Wilbur Junior High (now called Jane Lathrop Stanford) fed into the now-closed Ellwood P. Cubberley High School, from which Hansen graduated in 1969...
Prior to becoming a Paly football coach in 1980, Hansen studied at San Jose State University, traveled to Europe, and worked around Palo Alto...After the 1983 season, Hansen, the youngest on Paly’s staff, was laid off due to budget cuts.
In his years off from Paly, Hansen coached the Rebels at San Lorenzo Valley High School for five years. Afterwards, he took three years off as a head coach and coached at Mountain View High School.
Hansen was reinstated as head coach once again for the 1991 season." [ 09/13/2017]

Dimensions H-12 W-9 D-0.75 inches
Search Terms Adams, Davante
California Local History
Central Coast Section (Athletic League division)
Hansen, Earl
Harbaugh, Jim
Palo Alto
Palo Alto High School
San Mateo County
Subjects Awards
Central Coast Section (athletics)
Coaching (Athletics)
People Adams, Davante
Hansen, Earl
Harbaugh, Jim
Hodgdon, Drew