Flashback Friday: Looking back at Mr. Masters’ high school experience

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Alyssa Christian

BY ALYSSA CHRISTIAN (‘19)

School counselor Cody Masters has become very familiar with the walls of Granville High School. Graduating high school in 2005, Masters returned to Granville not as a student, but as a school counselor last year. He was met with the familiar faces from his high school including Vice President Scott Carpenter who was his basketball coach senior year and is pictured in both the top and bottom photo. 

“I was slightly hesitant [to be back] because I live in downtown Columbus,” Masters said. “I knew eventually I wanted to go back to Granville, but I didn’t know it was going to be so soon.”

When Masters was a student at the school, he made quite the impact and was a part of several school functions.

“I started the ping pong club and I brought it back last year with Will Sharp and Scott Sharp,” Masters said. “I was also in Varsity G club, but wasn’t in too many of the academic clubs.”

Not only was he involved in those clubs, but he also was heavily involved in sports that kept his schedule full year long.

“I played three sports: football, basketball and tennis. J.R. Wait was the assistant football coach and Mullins was the J.V. tennis coach,” Masters said. 

Mr. Carpenter, who is now the assistant principal, also was Master’s basketball coach his senior year. Pictured above is Mr. Carpenter, Mr. Bernath, and Mr. Masters who are all in the photo below, having attended Master’s senior year basketball banquet. In the picture above is Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Masters today.

Going into his senior year, Masters was hoping to have a great sports season, but this hope diminished when an unexpected injury prevented him from playing.

“I tore my ACL in football my senior year.”

Masters was not the only one affected by this devastating injury.

“It was heartbreaking,” former assistant, but now head football coach J.R. Wait said. “He put in a lot of work and put in a lot of sacrifices for his teammates. You don’t ever want to see that. It was a tough pill for us to swallow as a team that we wouldn’t have him.”

“I was expecting to have a good senior year because the past year I had been on the first team to ever make it to playoffs,” Masters said.

Not only was Masters a part of the first team to ever make it to playoffs, but he made this dream a reality.

“I think the big thing is that his junior year he was involved in one of the biggest plays. He forced an interception and he had a knack for being in the right place at the right time,” Wait said.

Although Masters was part of several athletic teams, he also made sure to be with his friends as well.

“I liked to talk. I was pretty social, probably too social,” Masters said.

“I’ve settled down quite a bit,” Masters said. “I’ve had a lot of world experiences from the time I was in high school. I coached at a Columbus school before Granville and sometimes it’s hard for students to see outside the bubble of Granville, but I’m happy to share my experiences with the students to help give sound advice.”

Since the time he has been at Granville, he has changed, but the high school has mainly stayed the same.

“The teaching is pretty much the same,” Masters said. “I’ve joked with kids that Hoben has given me the same worksheets as them.”

However, one thing that is different is the style at the high school.

“I felt like everything in the early 2000s was baggy and now everything is tight. But everything in fashion is cyclical so it seems like everything is going back to the 80s,” Masters said, pointing at the scrunchie in my hair.

One thing for sure is the fact that Masters is glad to be back at the high school.

“I was elated for the opportunity to be back,” Masters said.