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CIS gym named for ‘a gentleman’s gentleman’

CIS gym named for ‘a gentleman’s gentleman’
CIS gym named for ‘a gentleman’s gentleman’
Terry Haub, right, views for the first time a hand-crafted plaque honoring her late husband to coincide with the naming of Corydon Intermediate School's gym the Gary K. Haub Gymnasium Thursday night. Behind Terry are daughter Ashley (holding daughter Carson), son Eric Haub and his wife, Tiffany, and Ashley's oldest daughter, Avery, Looking on in the background is Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent of the South Harrison Community School Corp. Photo by Alan Stewart

With a few tugs of a rope by Terry Haub Thursday night, a black covering fell away from a wooden sign that formally marked the naming of Corydon Intermediate School’s gymnasium after her late husband, Gary K. Haub, who taught and coached in the South Harrison Community School Corp. for 36 years and passed away in September 2012 after a battle with a form of cancer.
The black-and-gold plaque, crafted by Corydon Central High School industrial arts teacher Ben Spencer and students Haley Brocar, Jacob Dearth and Kenny Bradford, bears Haub’s name as well as a wood, laser-etched resolution adopted by the SHCSC board last month and a laser-etched photo of Haub.
The unveiling took place in front of a packed house between the fifth- and sixth-grade boys’ basketball games between Corydon and North Harrison.
Terry Haub was flanked by her children, Ashley and Eric, as well as Eric’s wife, Tiffany, and Ashley’s daughters, Avery and Carson, for the unveiling. After the cloth was removed, Terry Haub took a few steps closer to see her late husband’s face and marvel at the honor being bestowed.
‘They got him perfect,’ Terry Haub said of the photo afterward. ‘They did a fantastic job.’
The plan to name the gymnasium started in January 2013, when, during board member communication at a meeting of the SHCSC Board of Trustees, trustee Mary Mathes, who taught math and coached girls’ basketball with Haub at CIS, said she wanted to start a plan that would name the gym after Haub, who was 65 when he passed away.
‘It would be a great way to remember him and honor him for all of the nights he spent away from his family in the gymnasium where he was all those nights,’ Mathes said.
According to corporation policy, it must be three years after a person dies before such a consideration could be taken.
‘In two years and nine months, I’ll be back,’ Mathes said at the time.
True to her word, she was back. And she was there with most of the school board members Thursday when the unveiling took place.
‘I have a lot of great memories with Mr. Haub. He was an encourager, not just on the basketball court, but in the classroom,’ Mathes said. ‘We were part of the sixth-grade teaching team for 15 years (at CIS) … part of the sixth-grade legacy was the annual camping trip. That was probably the culmination of every year … (students) saw us as real people. Mr. Haub was real people at school, too. A lot of kids go through school and they don’t have a positive role model or a male role model, and Gary filled that for a lot of kids.’
Mathes recalled a saying: Kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
‘I think Gary was the champion for caring for students, and it was our definite privilege to work with him all those years,’ Mathes said.
Supt. Dr. Mark Eastridge said Bradford explained that working on the project was a labor of love.
‘He told me, ‘I want you to know what this means to me. This has to be right. Mr. Haub was my teacher, and this is my small way to repay all that he did for me as a student’,’ Eastridge said. ‘Gary taught me how to work with people and young people … how to be professionals. When I moved to administration, he was offering help to me before I even knew I needed it … He was truly a gentleman’s gentleman.’
In a reception area, one cake was decorated with Haub’s creation ‘Math Man’ while another cake simply had some of the words that described Haub: Teacher, Mentor, Friend, Coach, Father, Husband, Co-worker.
‘We went to a lot of ballgames together,’ school board member Larry Hauswald said. ‘I think he would have been the first to turn something like this down, but that’s the kind of person he was. But, I know he would have appreciated it.’
‘Dad spent countless hours in this gym teaching the fundamentals of basketball. And it wasn’t always about dribbling with your head up or blocking out or running suicides. He used the love of the game to teach his players self respect, sportsmanship and work ethic,’ Ashley Haub said. ‘Seeing everyone here tonight is a testament to the profound impact he had on this community. We’re proud of the man he was, and we appreciate the way you chose to honor him.
‘On behalf of our dad and our family, we’d especially like to thank the students at the high school for designing this beautiful plaque … and for Dr. Eastridge and the school board members for making this possible,’ she said.