Former North High School teacher passes away at age 89

Herbert King

Herbert “Herb” E. King, a former teacher and coach at North High School, died July 26. He was 89 years old.

King was a graduate of Ortonville High School, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948. He attended St. Cloud State University and earned a degree in business education, later attending the University of Minnesota for his master’s degree and post-graduate academic work.

His teaching career began at Kimball High School, but in 1957 he was hired to teach business classes at North, eventually working his way up to become head of the department. According to the school’s records, some of King’s classes included typing, shorthand writing and office procedures. He retired in 1991.

The roughly 60 comments written mostly by King’s former students on the North St. Paul Friends community Facebook page suggest he was a well-liked and influential teacher for many of his students.

When not in the classroom, King was an enthusiastic Minnesota sports fan. He also enjoyed being outdoors, playing golf or spending time with loved ones.

King lived in Arden Hills at the time of his death and is survived by son Joe, sister Victoria King, and godson Brent Benson, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and his good friend, Travis Kent, and his family.

Kings’ funeral service was held Aug. 2 at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview and his interment is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to go to Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces, P.O. Box 6, North Branch, MN 55056. 


— Aundrea Kinney

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