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Hall of Honor Inductee

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Phil Seljevold

Inducted Saturday, October 4, 2008


Phil Seljevold graduated from Moorhead High School in 1945. While at Moorhead High, Seljevold participated in band, orchestra, choir, basketball, football and track and was a class officer one year. He was co-captain of the basketball team in 1945.

Seljevold graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, in 1950 with a double major in physics and health and physical education. He earned a master’s degree in education from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

His employment history includes working at Industrial Loan, Sears, Bob Fritz Sporting Goods, and Borders Insurance. Seljevold also taught for part of a year in Dilworth, Minn. In 1958, Seljevold began working as the elementary physical education supervisor for the Moorhead Area Public Schools. He served in that position for 10 years. In 1968, he began a 21-year career as the athletic director for the school district.

As athletic director, Seljevold was a part of the 1970s move to include girls in athletic programs. He was named Region 8AA Athletic Director of the Year four times. During his years as athletic director, Seljevold served as president of the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, was chair of the Region 8AA Committee, and chair of the District 23 Committee. In 1996, Seljevold was inducted into the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame for his contributions to Minnesota high school athletics.

Seljevold has served as a chairman of the Moorhead Athletic Association, was president of the Vikingland Kiwanis Club of Moorhead in 1992, and was council chair of Good Shepherd Church in 1992. In 1995 Seljevold was chairman of the all-school reunion. He was chairman of the Moorhead High School Stadium Committee, which raised funds to build Jim Gotta Stadium in 2000. Seljevold also was active in the creation of the Moorhead High School Hall of Honor. As a member of the Hall of Honor committee, Seljevold served as chair of the selection committee for several years.

Phil is married to Adeline Seljevold. They live in Moorhead, Minnesota, and they have four children, Nancy, Julie, Larry and Peter, and eleven grandchildren. 

Update: Phil Seljevold died on January 8, 2011.

Curt Borgen, Moorhead High School Hall of Honor committee member, presents the Hall of Honor plaque to Phil Seljevold.
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