Principal sells school's trophies: 'It was a good idea gone bad'

Principal sells school's trophies: 'It was a good idea gone bad'
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MALAD, Idaho (AP) - A southeast Idaho high school principal who decided to sell six decades worth of school sports trophies at a recent homecoming game is now trying to get them back after community members called foul.

Malad High School Principal John Crockett tells the Idaho State Journal that only a handful of trophies sold at the event.

"Some people thought this was a great idea, but others thought it was a sacrilege," Crockett said. "That's unfortunate because it wasn't our intent. It was a good idea gone bad."

Crockett said his goal was to connect the trophies with former team members and coaches rather than have them stored in boxes. He requested a $5 donation per trophy so the trophies went to people who would appreciate them.

"We wanted to get them out to the people connected to the trophies - team members and coaches - rather than (keeping them) in boxes," he said.

But some in the community said Crockett sold out the school's heritage and put a price tag on something that is priceless to the athletes who won distinction.

Crockett said the sale was never about money or disrespecting past accomplishments of former students. He said he thought it would be a good way to get the trophies into the homes of those who won them.

"We have district trophies from years back, and we have so many of them we can't display them," Crockett said. "It's not that we don't care about them, we just don't have space here."

He said the school kept state trophies and the oldest trophies. He also said no additional sales are planned and he won't make another move about the trophies without the school board's approval.

Meanwhile, community members contacted the Oneida Pioneer Museum as a possible spot for the trophies, and they might end up there.

"We are elated with this offer," Crockett said. "We don't want to see the trophies go back in boxes."

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Information from: Idaho State Journal