Former longtime Clear Creek track and field coach Ruben C. Jordan, who lost his life in the floods of Hurricane Harvey, was immortalized in a building dedication ceremony Friday, renaming the high school’s spring sports field house the Ruben C. Jordan Spring Sports Facility.
“This dedication not only symbolizes his commitment, but the impact that he had on the student body, faculty and staff and the community here at Clear Creek High School, as well as the love and support and influence that you guys had on him,” Jordan’s son, Roger Jordan, said. “Today’s events not only represent a true representation of his trademark, but the trademark of such a loving, supportive and rewarding community.”
After introducing dignitaries in attendance and recognizing those who made the building dedication possible, Clear Creek High School principal Jamey Majewski read some information on Jordan’s coaching career, 28 years of which were spent at Clear Creek where he led teams to more than 20 district championships before retiring in 2016.
“Ruben’s greatest legacy was his ability to serve as a father figure to those he taught and coached,” Majewski said. “Coach Jordan’s former student-athletes — which include doctors, lawyers, teachers and civic leaders — credit coach Jordan for inspiring them with his sense of toughness and love.”
Majewski also read a letter from longtime former Clear Creek principal and school board member Ralph Parr, who hired Jordan. The letter stated, among other things, “I knew only a few minutes into my interview with Ruben Jordan that he was the kind of person we needed at Clear Creek High School. My instincts were spot on, because Ruben proved to be a tremendous coach and, more importantly, an excellent, resourceful classroom teacher.”
Clear Creek ISD athletic director Debbie Fuchs also read from a letter, this one sent to her by one of Jordan’s former pupils, now in his 40s, who Jordan coached as a position coach in football.
“He would check up on so many people to see how they were doing — how were their grades, what’s going on in their lives, etcetera,” Fuchs read. “And that did not stop upon graduation. He continued checking up on everyone in college, at their jobs, and with their families. He must’ve kept up with thousands of his students. Coach J was one of a kind.”
Clear Creek ISD superintendent Greg Smith, as well as the other speakers, commended Jordan, who is said to have perished in Harvey’s floods while driving to help others, for his bravery before introducing the final speaker, Roger Jordan.
The ceremony took place at Clear Creek’s annual track meet, which will now be known as the Ruben C. Jordan Classic starting with this year’s meet.
“How fitting that this event is being held today to name this facility, as I believe this was one of Ruben’s favorite days as a coach,” Fuchs said. “Back when I was still coaching here at Clear Creek High School, I would ask Ruben, ‘What are you thinking asking so many teams to be a part of your track meet?’ He would always laugh and say, ‘I’m surrounded by great workers and coaches, and they take care of everything, and it runs like clockwork.’
“That’s typical Ruben,” Fuchs continued. “He never gave himself any credit, but he gave it to others.”
Majewski also announced that Clear Creek High School’s PALS student organization have raised $1,600 for a scholarship fund named in Jordan’s honor.