Written by Karen Wells, Director, Human Resources, WCS Thursday, 17 September 2009 11:24
Dusty “Sugar Bear” Cook, 1966 Crawfordville High School Graduate, Donates Memorabilia
Dusty Cook donated his Crawfordville High School letterman jacket to the trophy case at the Wakulla County School District office. This piece of memorabilia will be added to the district office collection signifying an important era in Wakulla County School history. Dusty graduated from Crawfordville School in 1966, attending the then unit school from first through twelfth grades. He lettered in three sports, football, basketball and baseball during that time. He was one of the first athletes to earn an athletic scholarship. Dusty was a member of the Crawfordville baseball team that went to the Final Four in 1965.
Superintendent Miller reminded the audience how Dusty obtained his nickname. He shared, “Beloved Coach Matt Mathis, known for using nicknames, tagged Cook with the nickname of Sugar Bear. In the 60’s Kellogg’s had a Sugar Crisp cereal commercial with a catchy tune sung by Perry Como. Apparently, Dusty Cook enjoyed singing that song and did so at practice. That’s all it took for Coach Mathis to rename Dusty to Sugar Bear.”
Cook reminded the audience of the impressionable impact teachers and principals have on students. He said, “Many days I drive by this old school and have fond memories of my teachers, coaches and principal. Sometimes it seems like yesterday. The positive difference teachers and coaches make lives with students throughout their lives.”
Mr. Cook is married to school board chair, Becky Cook. He has three sons, who are all Wakulla graduates.
This article originally published on September 17, 2009.
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