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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1997
Home TownAlden, MN
Alden, MN
Buffalo, SD

   Lucille Coffield
Champion of Excellence

 Times were hard and Lucille's parents could not afford to send her to high school at Hettinger, ND - 50 miles away. Despite this, Lucille was determined to further her education. She worked for her room and board and graduated in 3 years in 1917, at the age of 17.

A course called pedagogy was offered to seniors to obtain a second grade teaching certificate. Lucille taught that first year at Cedar School near Bucyrus, ND for $55 a month. This first experience launched Lucille's reputation in a phenomenal teaching career. <p>From 1918-1924, Coffield attended Aberdeen Normal School during the summer to obtain her South Dakota teaching certificate. She then taught four years at the Glendo School and two years at the White Hills School, in Perkins County. One of the schools Lucille taught in consisted of a tarpaper shack with the teacher's quarters being a corner of the schoolroom partitioned off. In another school, parents would take turns coming and staying Monday through Friday with their children in the old school building. Lucille cooked breakfast, the mothers prepared lunch, and everyone helped with supper. The food was brought from the homes and shared. <p>Lucille married Hubert Coffield on June 4, 1924. Following the marriage, Lucille took many years off from teaching to raise six children. <p>From 1957 to 1970, Lucille continued her education, attending summer school at Black Hills Teacher's College. She received her 2-year diploma in 1967 lacking one semester from completing a 4-year degree. In 1971 she retired and Perkins County honored her with a silver plate for her 23 years of service. <p>Lucille's honors and accolades are many including the Outstanding Citizen Award for Distinguished Service and 22 years of service on the school board. The American Legion Auxiliary honored her for her 56 years of service and dedication. She held offices of president and secretary/ treasurer of the Woman's Missionary Federation for many years. Lucille was chosen as one of the Parade Marshals for the 1986 Labor Day Parade and she rode in the 1989 South Dakota Centennial Wagon Train.

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