Richard Rucker grew up on a rural Mississippi cattle farm with his sights set on becoming an educator. His love of history and politics earned him both a Bachelor of Arts in social studies and an Master in educational administration from Mississippi State. A job fair brought him to Highlands County and a 36-year career as a teacher and administrator, mostly in Avon Park and Lake Placid.
He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school and followed the St. Louis Cardinals and favorite player Stan Musial on radio KMOX.
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