MCDERMITT — This past Friday night, McDermitt Combined School dedicated the weight room to long-time teacher and coach Cindy Sherburn.
Sherburn, a 1978 Lowry High School graduate, began her teaching career in McDermitt in 1984 and became a favorite in the community and school.
Sherburn, who spent three decades working with students in McDermitt passed away in August 2021.
Sherburn retired in 2014, but continued working as a substitute teacher until the time of her death,
Beginning her teaching career in 1984, this was the beginning of an extraordinary career in education and sports.
In addition to being a PE teacher, she also taught health, reading and other subjects.
Sherburn coached multiple sports including track and field, volleyball and basketball.
She played a vital role as an assistant coach for the McDermitt Bulldogs in their many league championships in the 1980s, as well as the state runner-up title in volleyball in 1989, state runner-up in basketball in 1986 and the only girls basketball state championship in 1988.
Sherburn took over as head coach of the Lady Bulldogs’ basketball program in 1991, capturing back-to-back-to-back divisional championships in 1991, 92 and 93.
In addition, McDermitt was the 1992 state runner-up in basketball.
To understand the impact Sherburn had on her students and athletes, all you need to do is ask yourself these questions.
Do you remember your high school PE teacher and basketball coach?
Do you remember her name?
Did you love her? Did she love you?
Where you inspired by anything she said. Did she demonstrate the qualities of Jesus Christ and inspire you to be a better person?
Did she love tie-dye, bright colors, flowers, God and her country?
If the answer to all of those questions is a yes, then Mrs. Sherburn was your PE teacher and coach. For those that knew Sherburn, they carry so much of who she was within in us.