Marilyn Shriver has been selected as one of nine 2019 Escondido Forever Legends by the Escondido History Center. A Senior from a High School in Escondido will receive the FLAG (Future Legends Award Group) Award in her name and be presented a $1,000 honorarium. This award, presented in an October 2019 ceremony, is made possible by the sponsorship of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.
Marilyn Shriver, born in Escondido in 1928, spent her entire professional life participating in, and working for, the recognition and advancement of women in sports. During the Depression of the 1930s, she moved briefly to Oregon. She moved back to Twin Oaks Valley and graduated from Escondido High School “on the hill” in 1946. After graduating from San Diego State College (now SDSU), she began her career in education.
At the beginning of Shriver’s teaching and coaching career, girls were limited to athletic participation in the Girls Athletic Association and were not a part of CIF. Thanks to her role as a Title 9 Representative for North County and continuous prodding, the San Diego Section of CIF established equal status for Girl’s Athletics in 1973.
Over the years Shriver coached tennis, field hockey, track and field, gymnastics, and for 25 years, softball. For her effort she has received the National High School Gold Star Coaching Award, Avocado League Coach of the Year in 1971, High School Sports Association of San Diego Award in 1979, and Recognition in the San Diego Hall of Champions with a plaque recognizing her as a coach and champion of Women’s Sports.
Even before retirement Shriver enjoyed bicycling across the United States and France during the Summer. In retirement, she became a talented artist, especially water colors, and was featured in numerous art shows.
Marilyn Shriver, although she left us in 2017, opened the door for many women athletes and was a role model and mentored countless women coaches in and around Escondido. She definitely deserves the honor of being selected as an Escondido Forever Legend.