Officer Pitts is the new cop in school but a closer look reveals his passion for soccer and his love for students and school spirit. Senior Lexus Orozco sits down with Pitts to converse about his new job at Central High School.
I am sitting comfortably in Liaison Officer Pitts office. A bowl of wrapped hard-candy sits atop his desk and a neon yellow NAU goalkeeping jersey adorns his wall. His room contains some abstract animal art pictures, which he lightheartedly notes that “everyone thought was ugly.” Liasion Officer Pitts replaces Officer Hower this year, who left to work for the RCPD K-9 unit.
Brian Pitts was born in Little Rock, Arkansas where he was raised mostly by his mother and grandparents. He smiles as he calls himself a “military brat.” Pitts’ family moved up to South Dakota when his mother married a Captain in the Airforce who was stationed here at Ellsworth.
Although Pitts is not a former Cobbler, he did attend and graduate from Douglas High School in 1991, notably a year before Joey Lore, an English and drama teacher here at Central. Mr. Lore notes that Pitts was “our token soccer player at Douglas” and laughs as he says that he is a “swell cat!” Pitts reflects on his years as a high school student, confessing that he “infracted on the occasional law” but wants high school students today to “remember why you’re here.”
Officer Pitts is happily married and has three children, one daughter and two sons. He smiles when I ask to see a picture and quickly turns to his computer, pulling up the perfect family portrait. “Yep, that’s them,” he notes as he turns the computer monitor towards me and looks at the photo with pride. Pitts spends most of his free time mountain biking, hunting, attending his boys’ BMX races, and working out with Officer Doyle in the mornings.
If there’s one thing to know about Brian Pitts, it is that he’s a huge soccer fan. His face lit up with joy as he revealed his plans to attend the Men’s U.S. vs Mexico soccer game on November 11th in Columbus, Ohio. “Fun fact, I used to play semi-pro soccer,” he adds, which he performed one summer during his college career at National American University here in South Dakota in the years 1995-1997.
“Five percent of students create ninety percent of the problems.”
Pitts’ favorite part about working at Central High School is “being around the kids and having a fun time.” We both remember homecoming week and a previous soccer game where I decorated Officer Pitts’ face with “warrior paint.” He particularly enjoys the students who “are engaged with the school” and doesn’t relish having to deal with the “five percent of students who create ninety percent of the problems.”
When asked if Pitts sees himself working at Central High School for a long time, he immediately replies, “Yes. I enjoy this environment and the expectations are clear.” Working with Officer Doyle is fun for Pitts, admiring that “Tim [Doyle] comes to work every day with a smile on his face, and has a great sense of humor.” Equally, Officer Doyle is happy to have Pitts around, divulging that as much as he “hates to admit it,” he “enjoys working with Pitts.” Doyle loves giving Pitts a hard time and notes that one of the funniest moments they’ve had so far is when Doyle observed him “watching questionable music videos,”chuckling as he tells me that Pitts is a “die hard Die Antwoord fan.”
Now that you know a little bit about Officer Pitts, don’t be afraid to say hello in the hallways or at sporting events, and if you’re an athlete or even just a student getting caught up in the game of life, don’t forget to follow Pitts’ motto: “Be happy with the way you played, but never satisfied.”