Herb Jackman

Dr. Herbert S. Jackman began his association with Rock Springs High School in 1946.  He was instrumental in helping to start the wrestling program at the school. Over the years, he helped coach the team and counselled student athletes that were having a hard time. When school funds were low he purchased mats, ear guards and kneed pads. He was known to personally pay for the wrestling team to attend the state meet, including transportation, food and rooms. He often drove the Tiger bus or took wrestlers to meets in his own personal vehicle. Dr. Jackman was very invested in the athletes making sure that tutors were hired or provided for athletes who needed extra help, if he discovered that funds were low at home, he would bring them to his home and feed them. The Jackman Invitational Wrestling Tournament was named in his honor and was held for many years, for this event he purchased and hand handed the trophies out.

“Doc” was not just vested in the wrestling program, he served as the “team Doctor” at football and basketball games and swim meets.  He provided sports physicals for free for any athlete.  Summer time would find him leading backpacking trips into the Wind River Mountains as reward for students working hard, whether they had won or lost. He and his wife Jean would often host end of season dinners for all teams at their home. “Doc” also served on the school board for many years. He was instrumental in helping pass the bond issue for building the present high school. In this capacity helped with hiring some of the best teachers and administrators in the school district. He supported teachers in what they needed for their class rooms for all students. He personally encouraged students to go to college, even helping with finances at times. “Doc” was compassionate to all, providing support and care for young women who found themselves becoming single parents at a time when society was not very forgiving.  He made himself available to all students to give them guidance or a listening ear.