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Life as a Full Court Press

I nominate Sherrill White for the Putnam High School Wall of Honor. He came to Putnam straight out of college in 1958 with his young bride, Wanda, and made such a difference in our lives that we haven't been the same since then. When he arrived, we had a definite image problem because we had not won a ballgame in a long time and did not expect to win one in the future. We had no self-confidence. However, he did not see us as losers; instead, he saw us as winners! Mr. White set out to develop each person's ability to his or her highest potential two years before President John F. Kennedy died. The president set his sights on the moon by upping the amount of physical education and math requirements for high school graduation. Coach White had already begun encouraging our individual talents. He had to put in all of that extra p.e. time with us, and that's when he started building his "dream team"! He taught us teamwork, timing, sportsmanship and Winston Churchill's " Nevah Give Up!" philosophy. Mr. White was an awesome inspiration for each one of us. He taught and coached with his heart and soul, and cared about every student. As a result, we ran down that basketball court until our hearts were nearly bursting just because he asked us to do our best He instilled in each and every one of us the self-confidence to set our goals high and then to practice, practice, practice. By 1961 we had made it to the semifinals of the state basketball tournament, and by 1965 we were major contenders for the state championship. Sherrill White was a dedicated teacher and brilliant coach who rode on an arrow of time with the Putnam Broncs and changed our lives forever. Hedy Sue Holsapple
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