Getting to know: El Dorado’s Travis House
House, a senior at El Dorado, plays football, basketball, golf and runs track. He also has a 4.0 GPA and is currently ranked No. 1 in his class.
You’re in four sports, including playing golf and running track in the same season. Is that crazy?
“I’ll go and do the running workout with the track team, and I’m a member of the golf course I practice at, so I practice on my own. When we have qualifying days or days before a tournament, I’ll go and practice with the golf team, skip the track workout. It’s really hectic. I’m gone two, three times a week during the spring, so it’s really tough to keep up with all the school work.”
You enjoy being busy, right?
“I’m the type of person that doesn’t like to sit around and do nothing. Between football and basketball, we had three weeks. It seemed like forever. It’s one of those things where I feel I need to be doing something after school or practicing. I’ve always enjoyed all the sports, and it’s something I’ve committed myself to all those teams.”
Speaking of school work, you’ve got a 4.0 GP and are ranked first in your class, so how important are academics to you?
“Our coaches always tell us that we’re student-athletes, so the school work comes first, and I agree. Your dad is the principal, so you’re kind of expected to be the top of your class. It’s kind of stressful. My (Calculus) grade was at an 89.5 (percent) two weeks ago. I was kind of really stressing out. I finally got it up to an A.”
Because your dad, Kevin, is El Dorado’s principal, is it tough on you?
“My freshman year, it was kind of weird. He was there every day. I’ve gotten used to it.… It doesn’t really bother me. With that, all the teachers are more willing to work with me. They know that my standard is higher, not only from my dad, but for myself. I’ve had a 4.0 all through high school. I want to be the best at whatever I do. We’ve never really talked about it, but I’ve always kind of known he’s got a big position and a lot of eyes are on him and a lot of eyes are on me to mess up. If I do mess up, it will look bad on him and look bad on me.”
Your sister, Jamie, is an outstanding pole vaulter at Kansas and she won four Class 4A titles. Did you ever try pole vault?
“I get asked that question a lot. I tried it during her freshman year and I was in fifth or sixth grade, ‘Oh, I’ll try it out.’ But with us being so competitive and I knew she was better than me, so I didn’t want to stick with it. I’ve looked back and wished I had stuck with the pole vault.”