Schopmeyer told The Brazil Times a lot of good people have been honored over the years with the unique award.
"I'm very pleased about being selected to be in such good company," Schopmeyer said. "But, I believe you should honor others and never want to be honored yourself. This is a wonderful award and I think all schools should consider doing this type of thing."
Principal Jeff Bell agrees.
"This is my third year going through this process and I've come to realize what an honor it is to see all the great people who have come out of Clay City High School," Bell said.
During presentation of the award, Bell told the crowd that Schopmeyer had dedicated his life to the education of others.
"This man has served his county, his country and many others," Bell said. "He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 1953, then served his country for two years in Korea, to return home and spend more than 50 years in the service to students as an educator."
Humbled, Schopmeyer told the students their education "wasn't finished, but only beginning" and offered some tips for them to consider in the future.
He told them to work hard, always show respect, learn something each day and always try to do the right thing in life.
The last tip, according to a story Schopmeyer told, can be difficult at times.
A few years ago, when an official called a foul on his granddaughter during a home basketball game, Schopmeyer told the crowd a brief moment of silence allowed his outcry of "you're dumber than a box of rocks" to ring out from the third row.
"I didn't think it was that loud," he said, as the crowd laughed. "Riley, who was out on the floor, stopped and yelled back, 'Be quiet, grandpa.' I think she may have said shut up, but I'm not sure."
Schopmeyer then congratulated the students and their family members, school faculty and staff and members of the community for helping the high school and the elementary provide quality education.
"I've always wondered why this school, which a one of a few 4-Star Schools in the states was so strong," Schopmeyer said. "I think I've come to realize what so many of you already know, it's the family oriented background these students have. This community works together to educate their children."