Cy Henry

Cyrus "Cy" James Henry was born in Weatherford, Oklahoma on June 4, 1923, the youngest of 10 children, growing up on a farm which gave him the roots for his love of agriculture.

While serving in the United States Army in 1943, Cy met the love of his life, Violet Faye Luke whom he married in Champagne, Illinois.  He sent Violet to Tucson, Arizona to live with his family until his service was complete.  Cy joined Violet and his family in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona.  Before he graduated, he and Violet would have 4 children. 

Soon after graduation, the Henry’s moved to their forever home in Valley Farms, Arizona where Cy began his prolific educational career first working a semester at Casa Grande Union High School, then Coolidge High School where he taught for 32 years. During this period, Cy and Violet completed their family of 8 children:  Joyce, Cy Jr., Edward, Mike, Pat, Susan, Rusty, and Donald. 

Cy brought his children up with great morals and values and one of the ways to demonstrate these standards and principles were through agriculture.  He started a topical fishery and game bird farm at his home, but also used it as a teaching tool for his high school students.

From 1952—1984, Mr. Henry supervised an outstanding agriculture department that was the envy of many throughout the state of Arizona.  He spent hours developing top notch public speaking and parliamentary procedure teams that were recognized both state wide and nationally.  Many of his student leaders were district and state officers as well as successful business people. 

Mr. Henry was most interested in having women in the agriculture classroom and FFA before it was even considered nationally.  He was focused on all students’ success regardless of gender and was a pioneer in the championship of women. 

Many of Coolidge High School alumni were placed, through Mr. Henry connections with influential faculty at the University of Arizona and he personally procured thousands of dollars of scholarship money for his students. 

Mr. Henry had an impeccable reputation among his peers and professors trusted his wisdom and knew ag students from CHS were the top in the state. 

Mr. Henry was a man of inspiration, compassion, honor, decency and integrity.  He worked tirelessly for students, including nights and weekends and his impact and legacy lives on. Mr. Henry passed away January of 2001, leaving his legacy for those behind. Cy truly believed in the future of agriculture, "with a faith born not of words but of deeds," hoping his achievements would be instilled upon the present generation of agriculturalists.  They were. 

Years after Mr. Henry’s retirement, his legacy was solidified by dedicating the Coolidge High School Vocational and Technical Wing in Cyrus Henry’s name. 

 

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