Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Gary Dasso
CLASS of 1958 Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track ATHLETE
Anytime Gary got his hands on a pigskin, the 6'0", 178-lb. halfback was a threat to find paydirt. Running with a combination of both speed and power, he paced the Panthers in rushing as a junior and senior. Gary established a WHS career rushing record of 1,558 yards and was named by both The Sporting News and Teen magazine as an "honorable mention Prep All-American."

He was a "first team All-State" selection and earned the "MVP" award in the 12th annual Washington State High School East-West Football Game after rushing for 87 yards, catching passes for 52, and scoring two touchdowns.

Gary started for two seasons at guard for the Panther basketball team including the 1956 state tournament squad. His versatility as an athlete was apparent as a varsity baseball player his junior year, and then in track as district broad jump champion as a senior.

In all, Gary earned eight letters. He was captain of both the football and basketball teams, received the "Panther Best" award, and also served as student body president his senior year.

A major college football recruit, Gary was the leading rusher for the University of Washington frosh team. He played in the 1960 Rose Bowl for the Huskies before transferring to the College of Puget Sound and earning two "All-Evergreen Conference" berths as well as being named as a "Methodist College All-American."

- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.