About 40 people gathered Friday afternoon to celebrate the ceremonial renaming of a street in honor of a former Omaha high school coach.
The street on the west side of Benson High School, 5120 Maple St., was renamed “Scotty Orcutt Way” in honor of coach Edward “Scotty” Orcutt, who coached and taught at Benson from 1942 to 1970.
The ceremonial designation applies to 52nd Street from Maple Street to Bedford Avenue. Speakers at the ceremony included Orcutt’s son, those whom he coached and past co-workers.
Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen helped unveil the new street sign.
Dave Lewis, who was Orcutt’s assistant coach from 1963 to 1970, said Orcutt had an educational influence on his athletes.
“You’re supposed to teach them something,” Lewis said, “and he did that.”
Orcutt died in 1972 after falling from a ladder. During his time at Benson, Orcutt was a biology teacher and coached baseball and basketball, among other sports. He also coached summer Legion baseball.
“He coached about everything you can coach,” Lewis said.
Orcutt’s Benson basketball and baseball teams won a total of five district championships and nine city championships, as Omaha did not compete in the state tournament at the time. Orcutt also volunteered at the Omaha Boys Club and Catholic Youth Organization.
Orcutt was a “coach of integrity,” said former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub, who played in Orcutt’s summer league from 1954 to 1959.
Orcutt’s son, Ed Orcutt, said the ceremonial renaming acknowledges the impact his father made on the school and community.
“Scotty was Benson,” he said.