Raypole says goodbye to Carroll, hello to Carolina

By Hadley Gaff, Features Editor  


  The close of the 2015-2016 school year marks the end of science teacher and head wrestling coach Scott Raypole’s time at Carroll High School. He will be moving to Pawleys Island, South Carolina with his wife and youngest son.

   June 11 is when Raypole plans to leave Indiana and settle in South Carolina near the beach, where he hopes to learn how to surf. He helped to move his wife during the weekend of May 7 and 8 for her employment. Raypole applied to multiple schools, including the Academy of Arts, Science, and Technology and Socastee High School, for positions ranging from teaching to administration. Though currently he has not decided upon a specific job offer, he believes he will teach high school courses similar to those he taught at Carroll.

   Being a shy person, Raypole is nervous to enter a new school and teach entirely new students. However, he looks forward to being able to tell his old jokes to a new crowd, and he hopes his classes will be receptive to his amusing teaching style.

    “I always just want to come in and have fun and laugh,” Raypole said. “That’s how I like to learn, so hopefully they’ll be up for that instead of being too serious.”

   Even more worrisome, Raypole fears his youngest son, a mere five years old, will be susceptible to developing a southern accent. 

   “I will deliberately try not to pick up an accent while I’m there,” Raypole said. “What I’m really afraid of is my five-year-old growing up with a southern accent. Will I be able to understand him or not? But I think he’ll be alright.”

   Raypole is sad to say goodbye to Carroll but even sadder to say goodbye to his team of wrestlers. After coaching wrestling at Carroll for 10 years, 5 of which as head coach, he has developed a close relationship to the team that he doesn’t want to sully by supporting other schools. However, he is considering getting back into coaching in the future when his youngest son will be eligible to compete.

   “It’s hard,” Raypole said. “I really love my team. I really love my guys. So it’d be hard for me to go away from them and coach somebody else. So I don’t know if I’m going to do that right away. Maybe in the future.”

   Though he is leaving, Carroll will always hold a special significance for Raypole.

   “I hate to leave Carroll,” Raypole said. “I love teaching at this school. This has been the best place to work the last six years, and it would be hard to replace. Going somewhere else, I just know it might not get this good.”