H. Jerry Peters

Ellen Cooper, Portrait Artist
During Coach Jerry Peters legendary 52-year career, MUS basketball teams won more than 1,000 games and the 2007 state championship. The Alumni Executive Board honored Peters for these accomplishments and many more in the eighth installment of the Faculty Portrait Series. Peters came to MUS in 1960 and was named varsity basketball head coach in 1964. Peters also served as the varsity track and cross country coach from 1960-1978. In addition to coaching he was a full-time teacher of history, government, and international studies.
He garnered numerous MUS awards, including the Jean Barbee Hale Service Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the John M. Nail Outstanding Teaching Award. Peters was the first to hold the A. Robert Boelte, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Teaching when it was established in 2002. He was a consummate team player with a deep dedication to the MUS community. His teaching and coaching raised the bar not only for students and athletes but also for other coaches and instructors.