ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
It was fitting for James Thomas to be honored during Monday’s Hillsboro High School Activities Banquet. At the end of this school year, Thomas will retire as HHS activities director and assistant principal. He will have completed 24 years of service at the school.
Thomas was best known outside, and perhaps inside, HHS for his work in athletics. Under his guidance, the competitive opportunities at HHS were enhanced and improved. During his tenure, softball, baseball, wrestling and cross country took their places alongside the longstanding sports. He probably didn’t need the extra work a broader and more complex athletic program caused him, but he accepted the challenge without a lot of complaint-that we know of.
Thomas was a fixture at almost every home athletic event. Part overseer, part coordinator, part host and part disciplinarian, Thomas made our events run smoothly. Whenever Hillsboro hosted a major tournament or meet or contest, guest participants could be assured the event would come off smoothly and professionally, and they would feel welcomed.
Always quick with a quip and a smile, Thomas has been a great ambassador for Hillsboro High School. Our association with him has always been pleasant; he has been quick to meet our sometimes demanding requests for information. Whenever we had a question about HHS athletics, we called on him and he respond as best he could-and even occasionally admitted he didn’t have all the answers.
We’ll miss James Thomas when he steps down. No doubt he’ll continue to be a familiar face in the stands yet whenever the Trojans take the field or court. But these events won’t quite be the same without him standing watch over the proceedings.
You served our school well, Mr. T. You served our kids well. You served our community well. Now we wish you well as you anticipate the next stage of your good life.