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Harriet 'Boots' Bandy- July 1998
Harriet ‘Boots’ Bandy- July 1998

HARRIET ‘BOOTS’ BANDY COLLECTION, 1950s-2010 (Accession 1393)

Harriet ‘Boots’ Bandy ’58, while attending Winthrop College, was active in a number of sports and was a member of the Dolphin Club. She was active in Sigma Gamma Nu, served as an officer in the Winthrop Recreation Association, and was editor of the PEM Press. After her graduation in 1958, Boots taught physical education and coached at North Augusta Junior High School and Paul Knox Junior High School. Two years later she began her career at Strom Thurmond High School where she built a basketball dynasty with a record of 277 wins, 79 losses and 3 ties. Her teams won six conference championships and participated in state championships eight times. She guided her teams to two state championships and one second place finish. Boots Bandy won numerous honors including two Principal’s Service Awards at Strom Thurmond High School, the Outstanding Young Educator Award, three additional education awards from the Jaycees, and a number of coaching awards. In 1976, Boots was named National High School Coach of the Year the same year she retired from coaching. She retired as the director of guidance at Strom Thurmond High School in 1997. In 1998, she was inducted into the South Carolina Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2004 she was inducted into the Winthrop Hall of Fame.

This collection consists of scrapbooks, photographs and photograph albums, yearbooks, plaques and award certificates, display boards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, patches, programs, correspondence, and biographical information relating to Harriet “Boots” Bandy 1958 graduate of Winthrop.

For more information please see the list of manuscript collection finding aids or contact the Archives

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