Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Cleburne ISD

October 28, 2009

Cleburne judge selected to receive 2009 Wall of Fame honor

On Wednesday, Senior District Judge C.C. “Kit” Cooke III began his 34th year in judicial service to the state of Texas.

The same day he learned he was being honored for his service as the recipient of the 2009 Wall of Fame Award by the Cleburne High School Ex-Students Association.

Cooke, along with Coming Home Queen Janet Honea Wallace and parade Marshal Alan Borden, will preside over this year’s Homecoming festivities and will be honored in ceremonies before Friday evening’s kickoff with Waco University.

“When Judge Cooke’s nomination was discussed, I had to do some double-checking,” said Ex-Students Association President Mark Banton. “I couldn’t believe he wasn’t already in the CHS Wall of Fame. He is very deserving of this award, and it is quite an honor to present it to him.”

A member of the CHS Class of 1965, Cooke’s career is a reflection of his family heritage of achievement and service to others.

He is the grandson and namesake of legendary Cleburne physician Dr. C.C. Cooke and the son of longtime Cleburne ISD teacher and administrator Charles C. Cooke Jr.

His mother, the late Betty Cooke, was a Johnson County court clerk for more than 40 years.

He attended C.C. Cooke Elementary School, which was built on land donated to CISD by his grandfather.

“After my grandfather died, my dad built a house on Kilpatrick, and I transferred from Long Elementary to Cooke for grades 4, 5 and 6,” he said. “It was really special going to a school named for my grandfather.”

“Sometimes I’d ride my horse to school,” Cooke said. “I’d tie it up on family property there by the school at the old hospital my grandfather had owned. My teacher would let the kids ride the horse during lunch.”

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