Bill Smith has been “making tracks” his whole life. He was born with a love for sports. His entire life has been made up with activity in track, cross country, basketball and football. Bill’s goal while in high school was to work hard and make the grades. He wanted to attend college and knew that he would have to work to be able to afford college.
“In the 1950’s there was no guarantee of loans or scholarships for students,” SMith said. he explained, “I held difficult jobs to make my way through college and even sat out a year and some more to work and save money to return to school.”
Smith worked for the Sheehan Pipeline when he was 16 years old. He lived during the summer with his uncle in Vandalia, Ill. “I got up on my own every morning at 5:30a.m. to get to work on the pipeline.”
Sheehan Pipeline is a well-known company, oldest in the nation and has become the nation’s largest pipeline contractors in the last 24 years. The pipeline has completed projects such as, cross country pipe lines up to 42 inches, hydrostatic testing of new and existing lines, relocation or replacement of existing lines, cleaning and recoating of existing lines, river crossings, pipe takeup and double jointing.
He then worked for the Lawrenceville Highway Department for a year before he got his first teaching job in 1956.
[read more about Coach Smith on page 18 of our online issue]