Warren Harding Cooper was born on October 8th, 1920. He played four seasons from 1937-1940, and is currently the 7th leading scorer in Polar Bear history with 1,314 points. He scored a career high 33 points in the first game of his sophomore year. He was Brooksville’s leading scorer for three seasons, and led his team to District and Regional Championships in 1939 and 1940. Warren, with the help of his brothers Earl and Marvin, led the Polar Bears to the Kentucky High School Basketball State Championship in 1939, and a school record 30 wins. He was selected to First Team All-State in 1939, and was selected to the State All-Tournament team in 1939 and 1940.
He was recruited by Morehead State Teachers College, where he played four seasons from 1942-1945 under Len Miller, where the Eagles were a combined 40-16. During Cooper’s three years of playing basketball at Morehead State, he led the state of Kentucky in scoring, averaging 21.5 points. He finished as the second leading scorer in Morehead State history, and was named an All-American. He also led the Eagles to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 1943. While playing against Louisville in 1944, he scored 39 points, which was a KIAC record up to that time.
Cooper married his wife Lake Cornett in 1945 and began his coaching career shortly after. He coached Dilce Combs of Perry County to the State Tournament in 1954. He became the coach of Morehead High School in 1956 and coached the Vikings for 14 seasons. Rowan County Senior High School named their new gym “Warren H. Cooper Gymnasium” in his honor. He also spent 34 years as an educator.
Mr. Warren Cooper passed away on December 13th, 2010. As a result of Mr. Cooper's distinguished career, he was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He was inducted into the 10th Region Hall of Fame, Morehead State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985, with his #25 retired, the Sweet Sixteen Official Hall of Fame in 1985, Dawahare's Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1990, named to the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Court of Honor in 2007, the Rowan County Senior High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010, the North Eastern Kentucky Basketball Officiating Association Hall of Fame in 2017, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.