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Principal coached next generation of teachers

A.W. "Bud" Braddy knew he wanted to be an elementary school principal and coach student athletes.

It worked out, sort of. He coached for a time, before a "shoulder tap" launched his administrative career. He was a principal, but at the secondary level. He also ended his educational career at the highest administrative level: Superintendent of the school district that had been his home for 40 years and the same district in which he and his sister were once students.

Braddy attended primary and secondary school in Lawton Public Schools and graduated from the "old" Lawton High in 1954, a member of the last senior class to walk the stage from the Southwest C Avenue site before the high school moved to Fort Sill Boulevard. Ironically, it's the only high school in which Braddy has not taught, coached or served as principal.

Like his sister Gwen Cox, Braddy returned to his home school district to teach after graduating from Oklahoma A&M (now, Oklahoma State University). Armed with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, he headed for Lawton's elementary schools. He also attended the U.S. Army Infantry School in 1959 (the year after he started at Lawton Public Schools), graduating and serving until he was discharged as a captain in 1965.

In the intervening years, he taught at Lincoln (his first posting was the elementary school he and Cox attended as children, and one that still prompts fond memories) and spent a semester at Post Children's School (the forerunner of Fort Sill's Geronimo Road Elementary School). He then headed to the secondary level and, unlike his sister, never returned to the primary level.

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