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High school won’t ever be the same

Published: Thursday, June 6th, 2013

I’m going to do my best to make sure this column doesn’t sound too much like a eulogy. After all, my good friend Paul Anderson hasn’t died—he’s merely switching jobs and starting a new chapter of his life. It’s a move he feels is best for he and his family.
Paul was one of the first people I met within the school system when I arrived in Custer in the winter of 2001. We bonded quickly because of our shared passion for sports. Twelve years later, I consider him a great friend who has been extremely easy to work with and supportive through all my ups and downs in my time knowing him. He even helped me move some furniture into my place one time. You know someone has to be a good friend before you can ask them to help you move.
What some of our readers may not know, having only dealt with Paul as “Mr. Anderson” the principal, coach, teacher or athletic director, is that he is an extremely funny, kind, a strong Christian and a man with a memory unlike I have ever come across. You can ask him about any basketball game he has coached, and I mean any game he has coached, and he can rattle off not only the outcome of the game, but details of the game. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
I have several favorite memories of my interactions with Paul over the years—more than I could cover in one column. But there are a few I’d love to share.
My favorite memory, and the one I tease him about the most, came several years ago, after the Custer vs. Dell Rapids football playoff game in Dell Rapids. I had rode along with Paul to the game that weekend, and after the Wildcats lost a close one, we were walking back towards the car. As usual, I was just babbling and walking with my head down, discussing the game when suddenly I heard a scuffle break out. I looked up, and there was Paul grabbing a football team member’s parent (who will remain nameless, although I remember vividly who it was) by the collar as the two shuffled around, nearing a fist fight.

I’m going to do my best to make sure this column doesn’t sound too much like a eulogy. After all, my good friend Paul Anderson hasn’t died—he’s merely switching jobs and starting a new chapter of his life. It’s a move he feels is best for he and his family.

Paul was one of the first people I met within the school system when I arrived in Custer in the winter of 2001. We bonded quickly because of our shared passion for sports. Twelve years later, I consider him a great friend who has been extremely easy to work with and supportive through all my ups and downs in my time knowing him. He even helped me move some furniture into my place one time. You know someone has to be a good friend before you can ask them to help you move.

What some of our readers may not know, having only dealt with Paul as “Mr. Anderson” the principal, coach, teacher or athletic director, is that he is an extremely funny, kind, a strong Christian and a man with a memory unlike I have ever come across. You can ask him about any basketball game he has coached, and I mean any game he has coached, and he can rattle off not only the outcome of the game, but details of the game. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

I have several favorite memories of my interactions with Paul over the years—more than I could cover in one column. But there are a few I’d love to share.

My favorite memory, and the one I tease him about the most, came several years ago, after the Custer vs. Dell Rapids football playoff game in Dell Rapids. I had rode along with Paul to the game that weekend, and after the Wildcats lost a close one, we were walking back towards the car. As usual, I was just babbling and walking with my head down, discussing the game when suddenly I heard a scuffle break out. I looked up, and there was Paul grabbing a football team member’s parent (who will remain nameless, although I remember vividly who it was) by the collar as the two shuffled around, nearing a fist fight.

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