Stewart Crook, 1999 inductee to the "Wall of Fame" in the Koplitz Fieldhouse, was born April 2, 1933. He spent his adolescent life in South Bend, where he graduated from South Bend High School in 1951.
While in high school, Stewart was all-everything. He was member of the National Honor Society and lettered in football, basketball and track, captained each squad, was voted most valuable man in each and won the inspirational award in each sport.
He was best known for his football. As a senior, Stewart led the state in scoring with 167 points in nine games. He collected 45 points in one contest against Naselle and crossed the goal line seven times against Seattle's O'Dea High School. Even though three of these were called back, he still netted 26 points to lead his team to a 26-0 victory. Stew is the first to credit the team effort and the great blocking by the line and other running backs. "I just happened to get the ball a lot."
He left South Bend, receiving a full scholarship to the University of Washington in football. He was a starter on the freshman team and was a three year varsity letterman. He played halfback and fullback as well as being a defensive regular. He was the team's second top ground gainer and its top punter during the 1953 season.
From 1961-69 Stew taught and coached in the Sumner School District . He had several winning teams as well as winning league championships in wrestling and football. He served as a vice-principal from 1969-77 and in 1978, he became the principal where he remained until retirement.
Stew retired from his career in education in 1988 after twenty-seven years. He currently lives in Sumner, Washington.