Mr. Rinehart was a multi-dimensional athlete at Episcopal, excelling in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. During his three years on the varsity football team, the team posted an overall record of 20-2-1. During his senior year, he was selected to the All-Virginia Prep team. According to the 1918 edition of Whispers, he was known as “the best end we have had here in years in receiving long forward passes.”
Mr. Rinehart was captain of the basketball team during his senior year, and according to the Chronicle was, “fast and hard-working.” A note about Mr. Rinehart in Whispers reads, “His goals from the middle of the floor often brought the spectators to their feet … the team’s most valuable asset.” He was voted Best Basketball Player in the senior class poll.
Mr. Rinehart was a stellar athlete on the track as well and was a two-year letterman. He set the school record in the 220 low hurdles and was the high-scorer in the state meet his senior year, leading his team to the championship. Mr. Rinehart won both the hurdles and the broad jump, and ran a leg of the mile relay. Mr. Rinehart was also a pitcher on the baseball team.
He won the Rinehart Medal for Athletic Worth his senior year, an honor that was established by his father, Hollis Rinehart, in 1915. At Episcopal, Mr. Rinehart was also a Monitor and member of the Blackford Literary Society, Choir, Missionary Society, Hop Committee, Final Society, and Right Guide Company B.
After EHS, Mr. Rinehart attended the University of Virginia where he was a member of the varsity football, basketball, and track and field teams. He was captain of the freshman basketball team and was high scorer on the varsity track and field team.
“Our dad was a superlative athlete ranking up there with the likes of Dr. Harry Flippin and others,” says Bruce Rinehart ’56 (HOF 2013). “Even in later life he showed his athletic acumen as a champion equestrian, golfer, and tennis player. Yet, in spite of all his achievements, he was much more interested in those of his kids ... and never mentioned his own.”