Punahou’s Meister to enter national hall of fame

Punahou coach Jeff Meister has led the Buffanblu to 34 state titles in swimming — 16 boys titles and 18 girls titles. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Punahou athletic director Jeff Meister is one of 12 individuals who have been selected for the 2018 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.

Meister will be inducted along with some big names, including former Nebraska football coach and 1955 Nebraska high school athlete of the year Tom Osborne, and Dick Fosbury, who revolutionized the high jump as a high school athlete in Oregon when he developed the technique that became known as the Fosbury flop.

The induction ceremony will be held July 2 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago. The 36th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 99th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.

Punahou athletic director Jeff Meister. Courtesy of Punahou School.

Meister has become one of the top swimming coaches in the nation during the past 30 years at Punahou. Taking over the Punahou swimming program in 1990, Meister has led the boys and girls teams to 34 Hawaii High School Athletic Association state championships — 16 boys and 18 girls — including 2018 titles for both squads last month.

Although the Punahou program had enjoyed success in swimming prior to Meister’s arrival (47 all-time boys state titles, 51 all-time girls state titles), he has taken the program to another level and is the winningest high school swimming coach in state history.

Meister’s teams have won 34 Interscholastic League of Honolulu championships, and he has been named ILH coach of the year 24 times. Meister has also served as the school’s athletic director for nine years after 11 years as associate athletic director. In addition, he has served as HHSAA state track and field Coordinator for 14 years and state swimming coordinator for eight years. Meister is currently serving a term on the National Federation of State High School Associations swimming and diving rules committee.

The NFHS administers the National High School Hall of Fame.

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