Ivan was the senior master at Minlaton High School from 1961 to 1963 before being promoted to Peterborough as headmaster.
He was an inspiration to many students back then, including me, and we looked forward to his entertaining, even wacky, chemistry lessons when visual effects, bucket-size, were the norm.
We were rarely disappointed. None of us minded when his demonstrations went wrong, it was all part of the show with Ivan, even to writing up the solutions to the latest math test on Monday mornings and ruling up the columns on the blackboard in red and white - the colours of his beloved North Adelaide footy team.
His other passion in public life was basketball. Virtually no one in Minlaton could spell the word before Ivan arrived but, in his three short years here, he enthused enough people so the Minlaton District Council, under Rex Boundy’s leadership, levelled and prepared the ground behind the bowling club so two basketball courts could be laid.
The sport grew like topsy, to the point where it is now the focus of all basketball and netball on the peninsula, amongst other activities.
I don’t know whether Ivan Hill’s vision reached that far, but he had a chance to see it fulfilled with the 50th reunion for the original basketballers in 2011. He certainly left an enduring mark on this town, this district and its people. We have much to thank him for.
Michael Ford, ex-student Minlaton