Kathleen Hood Prizes for Academic Excellence
The Kathleen Hood Prizes for Academic Excellence were instituted in 2015 by the Sunset High School Alumni Association to honor an outstanding teacher who taught for more than thirty five years until 1973 educated, guided and inspired her students with high expectations and love of learning.
Beginning in 2015, four $1000.00 cash prizes will be awarded to the outstanding graduating seniors in Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics as selected by the Sunset faculty. The winners may use the prize money to fund education beyond high school. The Prizes are funded through an endowment established by Ronald T. Luke, JD, PhD, Sunset Class of 1967, who was one of the students Ms. Hood inspired. With her help and encouragement he was the first in his family to attend college, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard and the University of Texas School of Law.
By annually awarding the Kathleen Hood Prizes for Academic Excellence we honor Ms. Hood and we honor “the student members of our school community, in sharing the rewards of jobs well done.” These graduating seniors will soon be Sunset High School alumni whom we hope will continue their education and will be what she described as “the marvelous alumni who carry the name of Sunset High School into every nook of the universe.” She would, we think, encourage the prize winners to be of the same mind as Tennyson’s Ulysses: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
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About Kathleen Hood
Wayman Kathleen Blythe Hood was born August 8, 1903 in Kemp Texas.
She earned bachelor’s and four master’s degrees before spending 35 years teaching English in Dallas public schools. Most of these years she taught at Sunset. She retired in 1973 and died in 1974.