DAVID R. JOHNSTON
1987 – TRACK & FIELD
David R. Johnston of Washington has been a teacher and coach in the Washington School District since 1955 and head track coach at Washington High School since 1958, with a 306-37 record that includes a 55 meet win streak. He has also won four WPIAL championships.
He served as head football coach from 1959 through 1972, with the exception of 1969, and had a 101-45 record with three Western Conference championships and an undefeated and untied team in 1963 which lacked sufficient Gardner Points to play for the WPIAL title. He also coached junior high basketball from 1956 through 1959 with a 58-15 record and three section championships.
Johnston has received several awards, including the Knights of Columbus Football Coach of the Year in 1963; 1975 Western Pennsylvania Chapter Sports Hall of Fame Track award; Outstanding Track and Field Coach award from Tri-State Coaches Association In 1980; Is past president of the WPIAL Football Coaches Association and has served 30 years on the Track steering committee.
He is a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and Slippery Rock University and holds a masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh.