Mr. William Swanson dedicated 33 years of service to our district. He is also one of KHS’s greatest supporters and advocates. William Swanson is always spotted around the KHS campus at sporting events, meetings, and other school functions. Ever since he graduated in 1958, he has been thoroughly involved with the KHS campus. This great commitment to our school is one of the reasons Swanson exemplifies Viking Valor. Mr. Swanson was born and raised in the small town of Kingsburg. His father was originally from Sweden, but moved to the United States in 1908 through Ellis Island. Over a period of five to six years, his father’s family migrated to Kingsburg simply because they “wanted a better life.” His mother is originally from Glendale, California. During high school, Mr. Swanson was very active in Viking sports. He played two years of JV football, three years as a JV baseball pitcher, and four years as a center for the basketball team. He was also a second string player in basketball behind Jimmy Johnson; brother to the Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson. After high school, Mr. Swanson went to Fresno State for a year, majoring in Agriculture. A great career success for him was when he was chosen to participate in the Agriculture State Community (ASC). Mr. Swanson was one of five people on this committee. This group was appointed under President Ronald Reagan and he traveled to Washington, D.C. multiple times over the eight years that he served. Although Mr. Swanson did not meet the President, he did have meetings with the Secretary of Agriculture, John Black, multiple times. He was a strong representative and spokesman in Washington, D.C. for Central Valley farmers. Mr. Swanson has farmed in Kingsburg for many years. He specialized in tree fruit, until he decided to grow crops like alfalfa and corn. Because of his great love of farming and the Kingsburg community, Mr. Swanson became a part of the KHS Board of Directors. He was a member for over thirty-three years. He decided to become a board member because he wanted to maintain a good environment for his children and grandchildren. Mr. Swanson is very proud of the school and he truly loves it. “His commitment and dedication to this school district has had a tremendous impact on our community and his presence on the board for 33 years was invaluable,” voiced Superintendent Randy Morris. To this day, Mr. Swanson has been spotted numerous times at KHS sporting events. When asked why he stays so involved, he replied, “I enjoy watching sporting events. Plus, I enjoy staying involved with the Kingsburg community.” Mr. Swanson has coached baseball and won four championships. Three for a Babe Ruth team, and one for a Little League team. He also played on a basketball team until he turned thirty-five. Mr. Swanson still likes to stay active today by bringing his dune buggy to the beach for some fun.
By Korey Dodson