Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

Many former student wish Herpich well

May 5, 2005

Former students and athletes helped C.R. Herpich celebrate his upcoming retirement at a reception at Baldwin High School Saturday afternoon.

"I thought it was pretty nice," Herpich said. "I wasn't really looking forward to it, because I like things like that. But it turned out pretty nice."

The BHS math department held the reception for Herpich to honor his 38 years of teaching at BHS.

BHS math teacher Mike Curran said he thought Herpich had a fun time at the reception.

"It seemed to me he was really enjoying it," Curran said. "He got to talk to people he hadn't seen for a while. He told me he enjoyed visiting with a lot of people. I think he really appreciated what we did. I know we've appreciated what he's done the last 38 years."

Many of Herpich's former students showed up to wish him a happy retirement and share stories.

Herpich said he sees many of those people quite often.

"David Routh was the oldest former student there, but I see him all the time," Herpich said. "It was nice to see them and find out what they are doing now."

Of the numerous people that attended, the boys 3,200-meter relay team that broke the BHS school record in 1987 also showed up.

"It was great to see my old teammates and reminisce about the seasons we spent together both in practice and at meets," Baldwin Junior High School teacher Eric Toot said. "We all still have great respect for coach Herpich. He prepared us each and everyday to compete at a high level and he is the reason we were able to have so much success."

The math department decorated the center of the tables with teacher supplies, old jerseys and even track spikes.

Curran said he table decorations were his wife's ideas.

"She was watching some home show on TV, and saw they had come up with that idea," Curran said. "It was her brain child to decorate that way. It was pretty unique."

Herpich said he was unable to look at all of the decorations and enjoy the food, because he was busy talking to people.

"The table decorations were neat, but unfortunately I didn't get to see most of them," Herpich said. "My wife took pictures of all of them, so I will have to look at the pictures. I actually only got one cookie at the thing, because there was always somebody else to talk to."

Another decoration at the reception was the picture board, which had pictures of Herpich from every year he was a teacher at BHS. It also had pictures of his days as the track and cross country coach.

"It was fun looking at all of the old yearbooks to find all of the pictures to put on the picture board," Curran said. "We're kind of a close department anyway, so we enjoyed working together on this."

Herpich will retire at the end of the school year after dedicating 38 years of teaching at BHS.

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