Former teacher, student inducted into Cooper High School Hall of Fame

Former teacher, student inducted into Cooper High School Hall of Fame
Posted on 06/06/2018
The newest inductees in the Cooper High School Hall of Fame were honored during an induction ceremony June 2 at the school. More than 80 friends and family members of former business teacher Howard W. Schwartz and Heidi Raasch Oquist (Class of 1982 - posthumous recognition) were on hand for the ceremony.

Raasch, who died in 2005, was a record-holding swimmer at Cooper, and her school records for fastest times in both 50- and 100-yard freestyle races still stand.  She went on to swim at Louisiana State University before coaching locally in Minnesota, where she won various awards.  Al Goodwin, Raasch's former swim coach at Cooper, spoke about Heidi's incredible swimming abilities and her determination. Caley Oquist, Heidi's daughter, spoke about her mom and how she exemplified being a Cooper Hawk, not only in high school but as she continued to live a full life as wife, mother and coach.

Howard Schwartz retired from teaching in 2012 after 14 years of teaching. He chose teaching as a second career after the death of his 16-year-old daughter. He rebuilt the business department at Cooper over his tenure, as well as advised DECA, National Honor Society, and mentored many students. The induction into the Cooper Hall of Fame was an "unexpected accolade," Schwartz said.  He spoke about the 1,000-plus students he had the pleasure to teach over the years, and reminded the group to "love kids first, teach them second.  Remember, it's about the kids." 

The Cooper Hall of Fame is currently taking applications for future nominees.  Applications can be found here.