Apple CEO Tim Cook donates $100K to Robertsdale High band
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently donated $100,000 to Robertsdale High School’s marching band for marching instruments, according to a report on WKRG TV. Coo graduated from Robertsdale in 1978 and was a trombone player in the band. He ranked second in his class before moving on to Auburn and eventually the top position at Apple.
Robertsdale Band Director Lee Hughes said the instruments should benefit student musicians at the school for at least the next 30 years.
In 2021, the Apple CEO launched a $50,000 scholarship program that provides monetary support to Robertsdale High students who exhibit characteristics such as ‘leadership, academics, curiosity, creativity and grit.’’
The middle of three sons born to father Donald, a shipyard worker, and mother Geraldine, a homemaker, Cook graduataed from Auburn in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke, where he was named a Fuqua Scholar.
Cook began working for Apple in early 1998, before the company had developed the iMac, iPod, iPhone or iPad, and when it was seeing declining profits instead of profit growth.
In August 2011, Cook was named Apple’s new CEO, taking over the position for former CEO and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011 after a years-long battle with cancer. In addition to serving as CEO, Cook sits on the corporation’s board of directors.