Longtime Bobcat supporters honored with Friend of the School awards


Al Hoop and Linda Leaton were honored with the Friend of the School award during the football game on October 14. Both are longtime Bobcat supporters. The award is sponsored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Longtime supporters of Marshalltown High School athletics Al Hoop and Linda Leaton were presented Iowa High School Athletic Association Friend of the School awards during the home football game against Southeast Polk on October 14.

The awards, which are a nod to their support of Bobcat athletics through the years, came as a surprise to both of them when they were presented by MHS Associate Principal Deb Holsapple.

Hoop, a current Marshalltown City Council member, is a retired Emerson/Fisher employee. He is currently a volunteer baseball coach for the Bobcats. In the past he has coached football and basketball as well at MHS and also worked in the athletic department as equipment manager for five years.

“I was not expecting that,” Hoop said of the award. “Anytime you get something from the school you feel proud.”

Leaton served as secretary in the MHS athletic department for 42 years before retiring in 2011. She has continued to be heavily involved as a volunteer at several Bobcat athletic events since her retirement.

“MHS was like my second home,” Leaton said. “I’m glad to do anything I can to help.”