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Former Linton classmates hope to raise money for sign

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010, at 6:32 PM

Charles Hoskins
A special bank account has been set up to assist with the purchase of a sign for the newly named Charles Hoskins Track at Linton-Stockton High School.

The track and field facility was approved to be named the Charles Hoskins Track during a meeting of Linton-Stockton Board of School Trustees in June.

Hoskins was a member of the L-S High School teaching staff and also a highly successful track coach for 25 years.

He was a classroom teacher at Linton-Stockton from 1947 to 1972.

The recommendation for the name change came to the school board from Lyons and Bloomfield optometrist Don A. Steward O.D. and Linton resident Mike Kelly -- who were members of the LSHS class of 1961.

Steward said a special account has been established at Regions Bank for the Hoskins fund.

He noted that a goal of at least $500 has been established to purchase the sign.

"The school is already gone ahead with doing that, we are just trying to get some money to help pay for it (the sign)." Steward told the Greene County Daily World.

The track will formally be dedicated during a special program at the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference Meet slated for May 14.

During his tenure as track coach, Hoskins organized the Linton Relays, according to Steward.

"That was a huge meet, there were teams and runners in here from all over the state," Steward pointed out. "I can tell you without question, every year he had competitive teams."

Hoskins, a native of Reelsville, taught biology and chemistry at LSHS.

During the 1960-61 school year, he also started a second-year chemistry program.

In order to prepare his lesson plan for that class, Hoskins would have to watch an educational network television program at 5 a.m. daily during the school year, Steward pointed out.

The Indiana State University graduate died in 1992.

Steward said the naming of the track is a fitting tribute to Hoskins, who was both an excellent teacher and a highly regarded track coach.

"There were a lot of us (former students) that felt like he was a very, very significant factor in preparing what we did in the future," Steward said. "He was just a wonderful person. He was an inspiration to all of us."

Among his favorite Hoskins quotes, Steward said, "You got to make it hurt to be better," was his favorite.

"I may not have fully understood that when he first said it to me, but I did later," Steward noted.

Hoskins' daughter, Karen Willis, of Newburgh, said the honor in Linton for her father was unexpected, but appreciated by the family.

"It's a very nice tribute. It's one that is unexpected. I am sure he would think it is a great honor," Willis said. "He was a great teacher."

The Miners' football field will remain Roy Williams Field.

Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or by e-mail at schneider.nick@gmail.com .

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Not to take anything away from the accomplishments of Coach Hoskins who deserves this honor, but actually C.O. Wells who preceded Hoskins as track coach started the Linton Relays two or three years before Coach Hoskins arrived. Just a minor correction to Dr. Stewards recollection. I believe the first event which was the Linton Night Relays was held in 1945.

-- Posted by lintonian31 on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 10:57 AM

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