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MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE: Thompson gives his all to the community

January 1, 2013

Photo contributed Columbia City’s Andrew Thompson, right, wears many hats in the community, as a coach, the CCHS Alumni Association president and as a substitute teacher.

Editor’s note: The following is the sixth of a six-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — Passionate. Dedicated. Loyal. Dependable. Reliable. Those are all words long-time Columbia City High School Athletic Director Geoff Penrod used to describe one of the school’s greatest servants — Andrew Thompson. From the classroom to the sports arena, Thompson helps out wherever he can.

Thompson has been a substitute teacher at CCHS for 10 years, the head coach of the boys golf team for six years, is the president of the school’s alumni association, spent seven years as the voice of the high school’s radio station for basketball games, is on the chain gang during football season and runs the scoreboard for wrestling matches.

Thompson, a 1988 Columbia City graduate, has taken on the nickname “T-Bird” by many of the students at CCHS.

Thompson said when he decided to become more involved with the school, he was looking for a change of pace from his manufacturing job.
Along with working for the school, Thompson works at Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City, helping with everything from groundskeeping to running the pro shop.

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