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The Etymology of Mr. Butz

The Etymology of Mr. Butz

Most high school students like to sleep in. The 8:00 start of school is quite early enough to begin the day. How, then, did CC offer a successful zero hour class for several years throughout the 1990s and 2000s? The answer is Mr. Bob Butz.

Central Catholic has had many excellent teachers throughout the years, and Mr. Butz ranks among the best. As a college and SAT prep class, Etymology may have attracted some students. But with the lure of Mr. Butz teaching the class, many students felt it was worth the loss of an extra hour of sleep to come in at 7:00 a.m. to learn about Etymology. 20160628104331027_Page_1 (1)

A true Renaissance Man, Mr. Butz never stopped learning. He attended Purdue, Notre Dame, Ball State, IU, and several American and European universities. In addition to Etymology, Mr. Butz taught English and Religion at Central Catholic. Over the years and in his spare times, he was also a coach, a wood carver, a stone mason, a writer, a biblical scholar, to name a few. He also cantored at St. Boniface Church for many years, took care of his mother who lived to be over 100 years old, created the sets for plays and musicals, and took at trip to Lourdes, France every year for over 20 years to assist people visiting the holy site.

Mr. Butz retired from Central Catholic in 2010 at the age of 88, and he passed away in 2014. But he will always be remembered for his dedication to the school, the students, and to his faith.

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