A multidimensional athlete earning seven varsity letters, Mr. Rinehart was a force in football, wrestling, and track & field. During his junior year, he was named “Player of the Week” by The Washington Post after scoring three touchdowns on four offensive plays in a game against St. John’s. He led EHS to a No. 1 ranking in The Washington Evening Star during his senior year. The paper reported, “The Maroon had one of the best scholastic runners in fullback Bruce Rinehart. He scored 13 touchdowns and made 25 conversions for 103 points, second highest total in the area.” Those numbers made Rinehart the team’s leading scorer and set a school record for most touchdowns in a season. He also set a school record for punting (43.1 yards per punt). He was named to the All-Metro Team, The Washington Evening Star All-Star Team, and All-Prep, and he scored two touchdowns in the 55th Woodberry game to clinch the Prep League Championship.
His teammate Bud Billups ’56 says, “So many fullbacks just plow ahead going up the middle. And he could do that. But he was also very capable of breaking away. He was nimble and quick, and he had some very good open-field runs.”
Mr. Rinehart was also a three-year letterman in wrestling. As a junior, he won the Metropolitan Wrestling Tournament, despite being unseeded. He won matches against previously undefeated Severn and Woodberry wrestlers.
In the spring, Mr. Rinehart was co-captain of the track & field team and was a pole-vaulter and hurdler. During his senior year, he received the Rinehart Medal for Athletic Worth, an honor that was first established by his grandfather, and was a member of the Honor Committee and a Senior Monitor. After graduating from Episcopal, Mr. Rinehart went to the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the track & field team.
Mr. Rinehart says, “I am truly honored and thrilled to be inducted and listed among the incredible athletes and coaches that have gone before, some of whom I teamed with while at The High School.”