Photo by Shawn Nowlin
When Mike Gibson spoke at Salem High School, people listened.
Shawn Nowlin

Mike Gibson’s fingerprints are all over Salem High School. Since the fall of 1993, he has held many titles: Sponsor of the Visual Arts Club, Art Department Chairman, Advanced Drawing Art Teacher, Black History Month Committee co-sponsor and girls basketball and wrestling coach just to name a few.

After more than 40 years of teaching, including 26 at Salem High, Gibson has finally decided to call it a career.

“I have so many memories to last a lifetime. Some that stand out include sharing with my work wife Patty Pope and friends Julie Hamilton, Joe Wallace, David Wallace all of the Salem Museum Art Shows featuring the work of our students,” he said. “Seeing our kids go off to college and become art majors, serving as the DJ for our Homecoming Dances and Proms with my good friend Fred Campbell and dressing up as Batman and Robin for many pep rallies are additional memories that I will forever cherish.”

Gibson was born and raised in Salem. As a youth, he played sandlot football and baseball. Many of the guys Gibson’s childhood…

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