Lendol Dean Condren, Exceptional Educator Inducted 2012
Mr Condren began his teaching career in 1954-55 after graduating from college, however, Mr. Condren jokes that he realized early he had made a mistake and resigned after the first year. He went on to work for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company before he returned to teaching and coaching in Dallas County in 1958. Mr. Condren began teaching at Buffalo High School in 1965 and taught Math, Driver's Education, and helped with extra curricular activities. He served as assistant principal and athletic director in later years. He retired in 1990 after 25 years at Buffalo and 33 years in education. Members of the selection committee remembered Mr. Condren as a kind, honorable, and caring teacher and assistant principal. Many told stories of Mr. Condren's patience and "nerves of steel" as a driving instructor. Most of all he was remembered as someone that students could trust and talk too. Mr. Condren has written, "I was blessed with great people to work with and great students thru the years. I enjoyed the "kids" and missed them when I retired. I hope in some small way I helped them have a better life." His induction into the Hall of Fame is a tribute to his dedication to the children of Dallas County R-I Schools.