Center High School honors teacher, debate coach Doug Moore on Friday

Friday afternoon pep rally taken on an Hawaiian theme in honor of Moore's favored attire

Friday was Doug Moore Day at Center High School but it was a secret even to CHS teacher and debate coach and sponsor Moore until he arrived on campus.

But by the end of the school day on Friday it was clear that the CHS family of students, fellow staffers and the Roughrider community at large wanted to wish him well. Friday was expected to be his last day on campus for awhile as he heads off to Houston for treatment of non-life threatening cancer, according to Chris Watlington, who served as master of ceremonies at an afternoon pep rally.

Sydney Brookshire, CHS librarian and district media coordinator, helped coordinate the event and ensured Doug Moore Day at the school was a secret from him until soon after he arrived at school.

She said the theme of the pep rally was changed from Western wear to Hawaiian to reflect his love of casual Hawaiian shirts.

“Doug is not a fan of pep rallies, so he will not notice the theme change, but it will still be fun for him to come to work and everyone is dressed like him,” Brookshire said.

“It will likely be Mr. Moore's last day on campus, but even if he returns to work next week, it will certainly be his last pep rally before he leaves for treatment in Houston,” Brookshire said in a message sent our in advance of the event. “With the help of Mr. Watlington, we are going to have an uplifting, super happy send-off for Doug.”

The band played, the cheerleaders cheered, twirlers twirled and the Chaparrals danced. But it was clear the focus of the pep rally was on Moore.

He was the subject of a skit from students, a trike relay in recognition of his bicycling hobby, comments from Watlington and several “warm and fuzzy” comments from several CHS teachers and staff.

In addition to students and staff dressing in imitation Moore attire of an Hawaiian shirt and khaki pants, note were collected to be presented to him and funds were collected to help the family with expenses during their stay in Houston.

Brookshire said organizers wanted the event to be “be very uplifting and centered around how much we will miss him while he is gone and can't wait for his return.” From the look of the event they were successful.

Another highlight of the pep rally was the presentation to Center Roughrider KeAmodre Horace of the Built Ford Tough Trophy recognizing his gridiron achievements from Week III of the football season when was he named Texas Class 4A Player of the Week in statewide competition.

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