Our school is named for a local hero, Monroe Clark. His nickname was "Bookie" because he had a love of reading books. Clark overcame crippling polio as a child to become a successful businessman and one of the city's most heartening boosters of sports and education..
Clark was afflicted with polio at age 7 before there was a cure that became widely available, but friends say he never let himself become consumed with his disability.
He was a fixture on the Hoover high school campus for many years spending several hours each day tutoring at-risk students because he loved to help others.. After school, he would often drive kids to sports events. He also announced the high school basketball and baseball games.