28 June 2008

Hot Springs County High School, part 2

Next to the High School is the auditorium (including the administrative offices), the G.M. Hayek Vocational Building, and the football field.

The story behind the vocational center name is an interesting one. Gabriel Michael Hayek (1896-1974) was known affectionately as "Cookie" or "Gyp" to thousands of Hot Springs County High School's former students. He was reared and educated in Nebraska and moved to Thermopolis in 1923 as an industrial arts teacher, which he continued to teach until his retirement in 1968. He also acted as principal for many years and was active in many student activities throughout the years. This was his love, "working with the kids" as closely as possible. (taken from his obituary in the Independent Record, the Thermopolis newspaper)

"Home of a Bobcat" signs (below) can be found all over Thermopolis.

This enhances one of the downtown alleys:
See also Hot Springs County High School, part 1.

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