Alumni Spotlight: Brett King

By Tiffany Boatright
September 12, 2005

The first Alumni Spotlight of the 2005/2006 school year is Brett King. Brett is the oldest of Coach Steven King’s three sons. He started his education at Locust Fork Kindergarten in 1983. As he moved on to high school he made many memories, a few of which he shared with me in our interview.

When asked what he remembered most about Locust Fork, he said the teachers and athletics. He named such teachers as Mrs. Cornelius, Mrs. Waid, Mrs. Davis, Mr. Blackwood, and of course, his father THE KING. Mrs. Cornelius, a former Chemistry teacher at Locust Fork, was one of Brett’s favorite because she helped inspire him to pursue his career as a Chemical Engineer. Brett was involved in many activities during his high school years. He played football and basketball, and his number was 10 in both sports. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Scholars Bowl. The funniest part of my entire conversation with him was when he mentioned one of his fondest memories, while riding in Coach King’s infamous mail truck with his two brothers to school every day. Another memorable moment he shared was in his senior year when Danielle Alsabrook, now his wife, and himself won the Mr. and Mrs. Locust Fork Pageant. One of his favorite places to eat in Locust Fork is Daisy’s, where he was caught skipping by Coach Smith. When I mentioned our strict cell phone policy at our school, he laughed and said that was not a problem when he was in school because everyone carried beepers! The style when he was in school was tight rolled blue jeans and silk shirts, which he had a few of himself. After completing high school in 1996 he started his very lengthy college education.

He first attended Jeff State for two years and received an associate’s degree in science. Next he went to Auburn for three years where he received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical engineering. Then it was on to Yale, or “Yell” as he called it, for two years and received a Master’s Degree in Science. He is now receiving his final degree from the University of Alabama in Law. Brett wants to be an attorney because it is an opportunity to help people, especially in Blount County. He pursued chemical Engineering as a challenge to himself, and to prove that someone form Locust Fork could do it. Mr. King would like to someday open a law practice in Blount County, possibly even in Locust Fork. In his free time, Brett likes to read, fish, and play poker semi-professionally. He said growing up in Locust Fork gave him a greater appreciation for living in the country. He said that if he could give any advice to high school students today it would be to start planning for the future.

Pictured above: Coach King's first grandson, Cosmo

Brett King can be contacted at