Here is a number to astound: 1,600.
That’s how many Dukes basketball games (and even more!) at which Richard Hyde has served as scorekeeper over the past 40 years.
He received a standing ovation Tuesday from those assembled at the Wellington board of education meeting, where superintendent Dennis Mock presented a plaque of appreciation.
“My wife wants to know whether I’m going to continue to go to basketball games. I said, ‘Yes, as long as I can sit somewhere else,’” Hyde joked.
Before taking a seat, he shook the hand of board president Sally Stewart, who was a former student.
Hyde taught geometry and algebra at Wellington High School.
Jason Hawk | Wellington Enterprise Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock shakes hands with Richard Hyde, longtime WHS teacher and Dukes basketball scorekeeper.