Elbert S. Atwood
Retired from LCS-1963
Mr. Atwood began his teaching career at Lyons Central in 1929 as a physical educator. As coach for the football team, the Lions won eight Wayne County Football Championships. Under his guidance as basketball coach, his teams won the Wayne County Basketball Championships six times during his seventeen-year coaching career. In his final year of coaching in 1946, the Lions won the tri-county championship in basketball.
Elbert took a leave of absence during the ’46-47 school year with his wife and two children as they lived in Arizona and New Mexico. He returned to Lyons in the fall of 1947 and resumed his vice-principal duties until his retirement in 1963.
On February 13th, 1976 in commemoration of a faithful friend, and ideal coach, principal and educator, the board of Education resolved that the Lyons High School Gymnasium be known as Elbert S. Atwood Gym.