Names and Faces: Lester Banks

Published: Apr. 4, 2019 at 9:07 AM CDT
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Lester Banks loves to serve, and he does so every day within the hallways of Bryan High School.

He does a little bit of everything, serving as campus monitor, and even traffic coordinator. Banks graduated from Bryan in 1984 but didn't have a career path in mind.

"After the last state championship in '84, Coach Brown asked me where I wanted to go to school, and I said I didn't want to go," Banks said. " He said, 'When you come to school Monday, I need to know where you want to go to school'."

That Monday, Lester decided he'd go to Blinn College.

"That afternoon the head basketball coach for Blinn was here at my doorstep, offered me a scholarship," Banks said.

Behind his tough exterior, Lester cares deeply where his students end up in life. He just wants to give students the same chance he got.

"Each year I give out 15 to 20 scholarships, between $5,000 and $10,000, to students in all three of our high schools," Banks said.

"I always ask people 'Who are you when no one's looking', and 'Can you honestly say that I am somebody?'"

Outside of school, Lester volunteers in the community.

He took home a Jefferson Award in 2006 for his work with kids at places like church and the Boys and Girls Club.