Teachers share Jeff Gordon memories, mementoes

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PITTSBORO, Ind. (WISH) — For all the talk about Pittsboro as the Hoosier hometown of Jeff Gordon, Lizton can claim a proud place in his development, too.

Gordon attended Tri-West High School in Lizton as a member of the Class of ’89.

In the days leading up to Gordon’s final Brickyard 400 appearance, 24-Hour News 8 visited with some of Gordon’s teachers.

Their names are Ron Ward, Walt Dininger, Steve Williams, Don Durell, and Jim Coon — but they say even now Gordon never calls them that.

“You would see him at an event someplace, it would be, ‘Mr. Coon, Mr. Durell, Mr. Williams,”” explained Coon. “He was very, very respectful.”

Durell says Gordon was a great math student, earning A’s each year. But he also says Gordon never tried to grab a spot on the front row in class.

“And he always went right to the back, yes!”, says Durell…

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