Pete Ferguson: East High’s newest Distinguished Alumni
By Keelan Chapman & Melissa Bavitz
Last Wednesday, Pete Ferguson joined the distinguished alumni club at East High School.
“I’m not old enough for this yet,” he laughed as he was introduced by Mrs. Ogden. Prior to his induction, Pete talked about his glory days in high school.
The impressive legacy he left at East includes the title of Homecoming King in 1990, being a starter for the basketball and football team, and taking the role as a friendly and approachable face that people to this day still recognize. He also talked about the guidance from coaches Gingery & McPherren that left a lasting impact on him.
“Except back when I went here, Ging was wearing short, zebra shorts. He still had the fanny pack as well,” Ferguson recalls.
Along with guidance his coaches gave him, another role model in his life that he commemorates was his father. He told us that his father was especially strict; forming him into the man he is today.
“My father was the type of man who believed you should be all you can be before 5 or 6 a.m.”
Although his father’s expectations were high, Ferguson will always respect the discipline that his father instilled within him.
Along with the influence from his father and his coaches, Ferguson recognizes that “East has shaped who I am today.” Mr. Ferguson now joins many other Spartans in the distinguished alum hall.