LANCASTER - Jerry Compton, a well-loved teacher at Garrard Middle School, was rushed during school hours Thursday to Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford, where he later died.
Compton, 58, had been a teacher and coach at the middle school since 1983 and was remembered today as a "very well-loved teacher," said Teresa Griffin, a secretary in the school's front office.
"Most students have expressed shock over this - it was very unexpected."
Compton was picked up by an ambulance about noon after passing out but was not teaching class at the time.
Principal Cindy Rogers could not say enough about the impact Compton has had and will continue to have on students and other teachers.
"I don't know where to begin," she said. "He was part of the first faculty here 14 years ago. He has been a teacher, a coach, the technical director, the athletic director. ... I cannot explain what a dedicated professional this man was. He had a very unique and special interest in the students and their families. He was a mentor to them, took them to events outside of school ... He has been such a positive role model and will continue to remain in our students' and teachers' lives as a positive impact for years to come."