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Foundation morphs school gym into museum to honor legendary Summerville coach

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

A 63-year career lay on display across half a dozen tables in Rollings Middle School in Summerville.

For several hours Friday, the Dorchester District Two Educational Foundation morphed the middle school gym into a museum, honoring retired Summerville High School football coach John McKissick

McKissick retired last June as the winningest coach in high school football, with 621 wins. Museum displays featured honors from his personal collection, along with trophies kept at Summerville High School, including ten state championships.

"I'm a little embarrassed by all this," McKissick said.

Doors opened to the public for an hour Friday, before kickoff to the Green Wave homecoming game against Ashley Ridge.

Since his retirement, McKissick said he's still figuring out how to keep busy and is training himself not to interfere with the action on the football field.

"Now my wife now has twice as much husband, with half the pay," he joked.

The McKissick museum wrapped up a week of homecoming festivities at Summerville High School, including a golf fundraiser Thursday with proceeds benefiting the school sports medicine program.

Foundation executive director Jenny Crosby said the fundraiser is one of many to expand the current program from 375 students to 450.  The foundation is working on a lasting tribute for Coach McKissick, complete with engraved bricks in the Summerville High School athletic wing.

The Green Wave school spirit spilled onto Main Street Friday, with area businesses taking part in "window wars," which featured painted designs on store fronts in honor of town legends.

Many read like a book from Coach McKissick's storied career, including "600 wins," and "Go Green Wave!"

"It's a small town, but it is big time football," a store employee said.

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