Beloved teacher Dr. Rick “Doc” Sherrod passed away this afternoon after a brief battle with cancer.

Sherrod taught history at Stephenville High School for 19 years and retired last May. 

Sherrod was also the SHS social studies chair from 2000-2011 and became certified to teach advanced placement courses — world history and U.S. history — around his fifth year in.

Sherrod, being a big SHS sports fan, wrote two books on high school football, one called “Stephenville Yellow Jacket Football” and the other, “Texas High School Football Dynasties.”

In February Sherrod was diagnosed with malignant neoplasm originating in the gastrointestinal tract. He was selected for the SHS “Coaches for a Cure” fundraiser, which raised a total of $7,800.

He was loved by students, fellow teachers, administrators and the community, and will be missed.