Hillsboro, OR

2 Famous People From Hillsboro, Oregon

Matt Lillywhite

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Hillsboro is a really awesome place to live. And you don't need to be a genius to recognize that. After all, there's so many incredible things to do and some incredible scenery around the state of Oregon.

In my opinion, it's one of the greatest places in the country to live. And clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks that. Here's a list of several famous people who have called Hillsboro home:

Ad Rutschman

Adolf "Ad" Rutschman is an American football coach, former baseball coach, and former college sports administrator who was born in 1931. He was the head football coach at Linfield College for 24 years, the head baseball coach for 13 years, and the athletic director for 25 years. In the college's history, he is the first athletic director emeritus. He also coached football and baseball at Hillsboro High School, which he graduated from.

The college's athletics infrastructure improved dramatically over his 25-year stint as athletic director. A new baseball stadium was built, and the tennis courts were moved and extended, making for a spacious and modern sports facility with two new gymnasiums, a swimming pool, and a multi-purpose field house. A concession stand and ticket booth were installed in addition to the renovation of locker rooms. Rutschman and his partner, Joan, were honored for their 27 years of service to the college with the field house, a 26,600-square-foot multi-purpose building built in 1995.

Tommy Overstreet

Overstreet began his musical career when he was 17 years old, singing on Slim Willet's television show in Abilene. Overstreet formed a band named "The Shadows" in the late 1950s.

Along with Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, he first recorded at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Overstreet recorded at Roulette Records in New York City in 1960, with Doc Severinsen on trumpet, Sam "The Guy" Taylor on saxophone, and the Ray Charles Singers on backup vocals.

Overstreet was employed as the manager of Dot Records in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1967. He began to attempt a recording career in 1970, and he soon established himself as a country hit maker with a top-five hit, "Gwen (Congratulations)," which peaked at number five on the Billboard country music chart the same year. Overstreet was a regular contestant on the television variety program Hee Haw. "Ann (Don't Go Runnin')" was his highest-charting Billboard single, reaching number two in 1972.

Hillsoboro is an incredible place that has produced several famous people who have impacted the world and their local community in a meaningful way. Let's hope that in the future, Hillsboro can continue being absolutely incredible.

Who's your favorite person who lives in Hillsboro? Let me know in the comments below.

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