Daniel High School Stadium Named for Dr. Herbert Cooper
The D.W. Daniel High School stadium will now bear the name of Dr. Herbert P. Cooper, who served on the School District of Pickens County’s board of trustees for 24 years before passing away this year. In addition to serving on the school board, Dr. Cooper was a Daniel High alumnus, a multi-sport athlete, a former quarterback of the Daniel Lions football team, and a member of the Daniel High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The board of trustees voted to approve the new name on September 23. The football field itself will continue to be named for Dick Singleton, a longtime successful coach of the Daniel Lions football team.
“Dr. Cooper had a tremendous impact on the success and culture of all aspects of Daniel High School,” said Josh Young, Daniel High School principal. “Members of our staff and the community have requested that he be honored in a special way here at his alma mater. His legacy as a student athlete here at DHS and as a valuable member of our community and school board made it an obvious decision to name a special place here at DWD after him.”
Dr. Cooper supported Daniel High School athletics as a parent, community member, and board member after an outstanding career as a student athlete. During his senior year alone in 1958-1959, he compiled a list of athletic accomplishments to which few other student athletes have ever come close:
- As a member of the undefeated 1959 State Championship Track Team, he was the State Champion in the long jump, setting a Daniel High record with a jump of 20 feet 4 inches. He was a member of the State Champion mile relay team, and he was selected All-State in the long jump and mile relay.
- He played starting quarterback, kicker, punter, and safety while being named Captain and MVP of a football team which finished with a record of 9 wins, 1 loss, and one tie.
- He was captain of a varsity basketball team which finished with a record of 21 wins and 1 loss. He won the Most Rebounds Award in addition to other postseason honors, and was selected to play in the S.C. North-South All-Star Game.
- Named Best Athlete at Daniel High, and the school’s athletics program was recognized by Sports Illustrated for only having lost two contests across all sports in that year.