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Cameron Inducted into Illinois Coaches Association Golf Hall of Fame

The late Mark Cameron, who served as a teacher and coach at Byron High School for 17 years,  was inducted into the Illinois Coaches Association Golf Hall of Fame on May 15, 2023, in Bloomington, Il.  Cameron began teaching social studies at BHS in 1994, also taking on the role of “Coach” in the basketball, baseball and golf programs; in fact, in terms of the golf program, he was its originator, fulfilling the head coach position from its inception in 1997 until his retirement in 2011.  Afterwards, he continued as an assistant coach for another 5 years.
Under coach Cameron’s leadership, the program flourished to one of the best in the state, and his accomplishments as a coach were remarkable. Under his tenure as head golf coach, he amassed a match record of 181-21 (90%).  His teams won 9 Conference Championships, 9 IHSA Regional Championships, 2 IHSA Sectional Championships, and they qualified for the IHSA State Championship Tournament 9 times.  At the State Tournament, the Tigers placed in the top 8 seven times, including being crowned champions in 2007.  He had 45 individual All-Conference golfers, with 4 receiving All-State honors.  
Cameron was also an instrumental part in supporting younger golfers in our community through his work with the Byron Forest Preserve at Prairie View Golf Course, where he coached the Junior Golf League, provided golf camps, and gave golf lessons.  His work at Prairie View extended almost two decades, from 1998 until 2017.  
Coach Cameron passed away in 2018, but his family were able to attend the Illinois Coaches Association Hall of Fame celebration to accept the recognition for the tremendous impact he had on the sport of golf and the student-athletes that he coached.  When asked about the tremendous legacy Coach Cameron left at Byron High School, his wife, Kay, stated,  “Coach Cameron’s greatest legacy was that he taught the tools for success in life: outstanding character, a positive work ethic, preparedness, honesty, and desire to be your best.”
“Lifting up others to see them succeed is true success.”
Coach Cameron
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  • financialaid District Finances Per pupil spending is $9,462 for instructional expenses and $17,529 for operational expenses.
  • boardoftrustees Sizing It Up The district average class size is 18 students compared to the states average of 21.
  • Health & Wellness Byron students average 5 days of PE per week compared to the states average of 4 days per week.
  • Enrollment Total district enrollment for PK-12 is 1,482.
  • Student Attendance The average daily attendance across the district is 95%.
  • Extraordinary Faculty Total full time teachers in the district is 110 of which 39.2% have a Bachelor’s degree and 59.9% have a Master’s degree or higher.
  • Future Prospects Within 12 months of graduating, 64% of seniors enroll in a 2 or 4 year college.
  • volunteer Exceptional Services We are a “stand alone” district meaning we house all 27 of our special need services personnel within our district. Currently 16% of our student population qualify for special services.

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