Born in 1916, H. Grant “Tick” Hurst graduated from Lancaster Boys’ High School in June of 1932. The yearbook said of him, “‘Tick’s’ highest ambition is to get less than an ‘A’ in any subject. That first period French class was his heart’s delight. Now it’s ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost.'”
Hurst would go on to become a well-known McCaskey High School French teacher, coach and sports official. On December 13th, 1960, he was named Teacher of the Year by the Lancaster Kiwanis Club. “He has a thorough mastery of his subject and is held in the highest esteem by his students, colleagues and the administration alike,” Paul A. Mueller Jr., who presented the award, said.
In 1961, Tick was the first recipient of the McMillen award, given by the Lancaster chapter of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The award recognized him for his exceptionally good officiating techniques and excellent understanding of the rules, and for improving the caliber of officiating in the Lancaster-Lebanon Football League. Tick was an official in the chapter for over 40 years and was the secretary-treasurer for most of those years. After Tick passed away from cancer in 1991, the name of the award was changed to the McMillen-Hurst award.
Each year the Tick Hurst Language Scholarship awards $1,600 to a student who has enrolled in at least a Level II Foreign Language; who is a member of the National Honor Society, and who has a minimum GPA of 3.5. The recipient must also be lettered in at least one sport. No essay is required.
To make a donation to the Tick Hurst Scholarship, please make your check payable (with “Hurst Scholarship” designated in the memo line) to the McCaskey Alumni Association: 445 N. Reservoir St. Lancaster, PA 17602.