Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Retired Teachers Association posthumously honored Dan Poole with the Name of Fame award at its state Fall Meeting on Oct. 25. District VIII President Chris Nolen accepted the award in his honor.
The Name of Fame award is presented to an active LRTA member who is involved in the organization and has made an Impact on the retired educator community.
Poole began his career teaching and coaching at Ouachita High School, Fairview Alpha High School and Waterproof High School. At Waterproof High School, Poole coached the 1962 track team who were state champions. All teams Poole coached or assisted with were perennial district champions and competed for state championships.
In 1963, Poole began his career at Natchitoches High School where he taught biology and mathematics and coached track, football and basketball. He was later promoted to administrative roles, including head principal at the 9th grade center. Poole was instrumental in the integration of Natchitoches High School and Central High School into Natchitoches Central High School in 1970.
He retired from Natchitoches Parish Schools in 1988 but continued to substitute teach and was an adjunct math teacher at Northwestern State University. Poole was the scoreboard clock keeper at NSU home basketball games for almost 20 years and was Clerk of Course for NSU Track meets for 17years.
Poole earned a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education with a minor in mathematics from NSU. He also earned a master’s degree in health and physical education from Louisiana State University. He was married to the late Nelwyn Boydstun for 64 years.
The Louisiana Retired Teachers Association is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to protecting and enhancing benefits for individuals receiving retirement benefits from the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana. For more information about LRTA, visit lrta.net.