Hughes selected annual ‘Westside Recipient’ for CHS Homecoming
Each year for its Homecoming activities, Coronado High School picks a member of the community to be its Westside Recipient.
In past years, the selectee usually has been someone active with the school itself, but for the 40th annual parade this year Assistant Principal Darin Smith said he was looking for an individual who's made significant contributions to the Westside as a whole.
The result was the selection of long-time Westside leader and retired Army Colonel Dave Hughes. “He was head and shoulders over anybody else,” Smith said. “He's had more than 30 years of service to the Westside and Old Colorado City. And he was even responsible for making Coronado and Mitchell wireless [a project in 1997 creating line-of-sight connectivity between the two schools before the district established its current broadband network]. He's been a great community member and served his country.”
Hughes, 82, said it was “very touching” to be honored that way, although he added with a chuckle he was pretty sure that “the high school kids are preoccupied with other things besides a doddering colonel who's been trying to make Old Colorado City work.”
A Westside resident since 1977 with his wife Patsy, their three children went to the high school, as did two grandchildren.
Hughes will ride on a float in the parade, then be introduced and given a plaque at halftime at the Homecoming game, starting at 1 p.m. at Garry Berry Stadium (outside Wasson High).
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