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‘Iolani dedicates yearbook to teacher of economics

By Ben Wood

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 30, 2014

~~<p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Retiring 'Iolani economics teacher Richard &quot;Dick&quot; Rankin was surprised to learn at a school assembly Tuesday that the 2013-14 yearbook was dedicated to him. &quot;I feel so honored that the entire yearbook was dedicated to me, and was stunned this morning when they read my name at the dedication ceremony,&quot; Rankin said. &quot;It was a privilege to be part of the faculty at 'Iolani and to have taught so many amazing students for 20 years.&quot;</span></p>
<p class="p1">Rankin, 67, joined the school after 26 years in the Army, retiring as a colonel. The yearbook's dedication story about him reads, &quot;Since Col. Rankin started coaching the Economics Challenge team in 1999, the team has secured the state championship title every year and has won the national title five times after competing in New York City against top schools from across the country.&quot; According to his wife, Cynthia Rankin, who is regional public relations chief for Hilton Hawaii, &quot;He absolutely loves teaching, mentoring and inspiring.&quot; After teaching economics at West Point, Rankin knew he wanted to become a teacher when he retired from the military. The teenage Rankin excelled in football and basketball. He went to Virginia Military Institute on a football scholarship, although the New York Yankees were interested in him, and received his degree in economics. He has master's degrees in business administration from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and in economics from the University of Texas. During the past academic year, Rankin started the Raiders for Wounded Warriors club to honor and support wounded, ill and injured service members. In January the club helped organize and volunteered at the Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational track meet, which took place at 'Iolani's Eddie Hamada Track and Field.&nbsp;</p>
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Retiring 'Iolani economics teacher Richard "Dick" Rankin was surprised to learn at a school assembly Tuesday that the 2013-14 yearbook was dedicated to him. "I feel so honored that the entire yearbook was dedicated to me, and was stunned this morning when they read my name at the dedication ceremony," Rankin said. "It was a privilege to be part of the faculty at 'Iolani and to have taught so many amazing students for 20 years."

Rankin, 67, joined the school after 26 years in the Army, retiring as a colonel. The yearbook's dedication story about him reads, "Since Col. Rankin started coaching the Economics Challenge team in 1999, the team has secured the state championship title every year and has won the national title five times after competing in New York City against top schools from across the country." According to his wife, Cynthia Rankin, who is regional public relations chief for Hilton Hawaii, "He absolutely loves teaching, mentoring and inspiring." After teaching economics at West Point, Rankin knew he wanted to become a teacher when he retired from the military. The teenage Rankin excelled in football and basketball. He went to Virginia Military Institute on a football scholarship, although the New York Yankees were interested in him, and received his degree in economics. He has master's degrees in business administration from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and in economics from the University of Texas. During the past academic year, Rankin started the Raiders for Wounded Warriors club to honor and support wounded, ill and injured service members. In January the club helped organize and volunteered at the Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational track meet, which took place at 'Iolani's Eddie Hamada Track and Field.  Login for more...



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