On September 11th the Walnut Hills High School Community will dedicate the Dean Giacometti Flag Plaza at halftime of the WHHS-Purcell Marian Varsity Football game. The game starts at 7:00p.m. with halftime festivities around 7:30p.m.
This honor is one of many that has been bestowed on Dean by the Walnut Hills family. He has been inducted into the WHHS Alumni Hall of Fame, has scholarships named in his honor as well as a classroom dedicated to him in the Alumni Arts and Science Center. Birthday parties are regular events with hundreds of his supporters joining him from around the country.
Dean Giacometti is the embodiment of the Walnut Hills motto Sursum ad Summum “Rise to the Highest”. He built an exceptional record of thirty-six years of service (1947-1983) as a teacher, coach, and senior administrator in the Cincinnati Public Schools. Nineteen of these years were served at Walnut Hills High School where he taught social studies, coached varsity football, and, as the head coach, earned six state tennis championships. Dean exemplifies the best of Walnut by encouraging excellence both on the field and in the classroom. His teaching, coaching, and mentoring touched hundreds of young men and women at WHHS between 1947 and 1966. Since leaving, Giacometti has applied a unique combination of energy, enthusiasm, and just plain excitement as he advocates for Walnut Hills. Providing wisdom and support, Coach has maintained contact with literally hundreds of his protégés, following them through college and into the business world.
Dean Giacometti is a BHS grad (1938) and a 2008 Bellaire High Outstanding Alumnus Award Winner. He is a WWII veteran and a graduate from the University of Cincinnati where he played Football on a full scholarship.