Cedric Minter to highlight Black History banquet
Former BSU Bronco star football player Cedric Minter will be the featured speaker at the 18th annual Black History Banquet on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Mountain Home.
The social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and seating is limited. Those planning on attending are asked to RSVP no later than Feb. 14 to Mildred McNeal, who can be reached at 587-3227 after 5 p.m.
The semi-formal event is put on each year Mountain Home Community Black History Committee, and in addition to its guest speaker, features the presentation of the committee's annual Person of the Year award.
The featured speaker, Cedric A. Minter, was born in Charleston, S.C. His father was in the Air Force and was transferred to Mountain Home Air Force Base in 1959. Cedric attended Hawthorne Elementary, South Junior High School and graduated from Borah High School in 1977.
He was recruited to play college football at the University of Kansas, University of Oregon and Boise State University, and accepted a full-ride football scholarship to BSU where he majored in elementary education.
His football abilities helped Boise State become one of the top Division 1-AA programs in the country. In 1980 Boise State University won the 1980 1-AA National Football Championship.
Minter continued playing football professionally for seven years, five years in the Canadian Football League (Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Roughriders) and two years in the National Football League with the New York Jets.
Minter retired in 1988 and began his teaching career. He was hired by the Middleton School District as a Resource Room teacher at the Middleton Middle School from 1988-1990, then went to work for the Boise School District to teach Special Education at Capital High School from 1990-1992.
He took a job coaching running backs for the Broncos at Boise State University from 1992-1993, before deciding to return to teaching. He was hired by the Nyssa (Oregon) School District and spent the next seven years commuting from Boise to Nyssa (a 104-mile drive everyday). From 1993-1994 he taught special education at the Middle School and was the Nyssa High School Head Varsity Football Coach.
From 1994-1997 he continued coaching the varsity football and track team and served as the Athletic Director for all athletic programs. From 1997-2000, he served as the principal at Nyssa Middle School.
Minter returned to the Boise School District in the fall of 2000 and was assigned to Riverside Elementary School where he served as Intern-Assistant Principal. He spent the next two years (2002-2004) at Hillside Jr. High as Assistant Principal before being assigned to Mountain Cove Alternative High School, where he currently works.
He received his Master of Education degree from Northwest Nazarene College in 1995.
Minter and his wife, Kim, have two teenage boys, Kellan and Preston. Kim works at Ft. Boise Mid-High School. Kellan is a senior at Timberline High School and Preston is a freshman at Les Bois Junior High School.