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Mr. Couch was a veteran of WWII, having served in the European theater and later was a graduate of the University of Alabama and Peabody Institute in Tennessee.
A lifelong educator, Bud began his career teaching and coaching in Alabama. Responding to a newspaper advertisement, he moved his family to Brunswick, accepting a position as teacher and coach at Glynn Academy.
Subsequently he served as principal at C. B. Greer Elementary and Glynn County Junior High. In 1967 he was chosen to be principal of the new Brunswick High School where he served until his retirement in 1980. Bud was honored to return to Brunswick for the dedication of the new Brunswick High school in January 2014.
In addition to his time in the Glynn County schools, Bud coached with community parks and recreation league. His 11 and 12 year old teams won state championships in baseball in 1970 and in 1971.
The Class of 1975 used their 40th class reunion to create the "Bud Couch Challenge" using left over funds from their reunion and contributions to raise $1,000. Their donation to the Pirate Foundation created an annual scholarship award in memory of Brunswick High's first Principal. Mr. Couch served as principal from opening day in 1967 until his retirement in 1980.
To honor his service to the Pirate Nation, the Class of 1975 has issued a challenge to each graduating class who attended during Mr. Couch's tenure. The challenge is to use their reunion as an opportunity to reflect on Mr. Couch and his impact on each of us and to raise a minimum of $1,000 to go toward continuing the tradition of a scholarship award dedicated to his memory.
2017 Landon Chanclor
2022 Will Hawthorne
2021 Jonathan Ellis
Brunswick High Pirate Foundation, Inc.
The Robert E. "Bud" Couch Challenge
2020 Jamaal Nobles
2019 Mia Colucci
Recipient of the first "Bud Couch Challenge" scholarship.
2018 Courtney Runyan