About our namesake:
Hal Kinard was born in 1933 and grew up in Holt, Alabama. His family moved to Colorado and Hal graduated from Denver West High School in 1951. He attended Colorado A&M in Fort Collins on a basketball scholarship earning a starting position as a freshman. In 1954 Colorado A&M qualified for the NCAA basketball tournament.
After graduation, Hal was drafted and spent two years in the army at the end of the Korean War. Hal returned to Fort Collins where he began his career in education as a physical education teacher at Waverly School. Hal spent the next 40 years teaching and coaching, first at Lincoln Junior High, before moving to Lesher Junior High as an assistant principal. "Coach", as all his students called him, finished his career at Wellington Junior High where he worked with high-risk students.
Hal married Sandra in 1966 and the couple has three grown children, Andy, Monty and Ryan. Hal continues to volunteer in his son Andy's class at Kruse Elementary.
We are proud at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School to be named after such a dedicated educator and such a humble and amazing human being!