After eight years of service, Tyrone Curry Sr. has stepped down from the Highline School Board.

Curry was recognized by friends, family and school district staff following his final school board meeting on Wednesday night, Nov. 20.

Curry has an amazing story of service – elected to the school board in 2011, he served two terms. Before that, he was a longtime employee of the district, hired in 1976 as a custodian, then going on to become the lead custodian at Evergreen High School. He also served in several coaching positions, including basketball and cross country, and was the head coach of the Evergreen High School track team.

In 2006, Curry won the Washington State Lottery, but despite the windfall of money, he continued working at Evergreen. He left district employment after he was elected to the school board.

“The fact that Tyrone kept his job at Evergreen even after he became financially independent speaks to his deep dedication to the school and the school district,” said School Board President Bernie Dorsey. “I have met few people more committed to Highline Public Schools and this community.”

Curry donated a portion of his lottery winnings to help pay for the renovation of Evergreen’s track.

Superintendent Susan Enfield praised Curry at Wednesday’s school board meeting, telling him:

“You have given tirelessly to our students, staff and community. We are going to miss you, but you will forever be part of our Highline family and our Highline story.”

Curry concluded his final board report tearfully, saying, “We have the best staff, the best superintendent, the best board, and I am just glad to be a part of it.”

Curry will be succeeded by Aaron Garcia, who was elected in November and will be sworn in on Dec. 4.

Photos courtesy Highline Public Schools.