Plano teen dies at school


by By DAN X. McGRAW / The Dallas Morning News

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 4:58 PM

Teen dies at school

Monika Diaz reports

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PLANO - A Clark High School sophomore died Thursday after a workout at Plano East Senior High School.

Zachary Schrah was working out at Plano East at 3000 Los Rios Boulevard when he collapsed about 6 p.m. A Plano East football roster listed him as a member of the junior varsity team.

"You can't put it into words," said Zachary's father Troy Schrah this morning. "It's just a shock."

His family said Zachary had received a physical after his freshman year and it did not indicate any health problems. He typically worked out for about an hour in the morning and again in the afternoon.

"I don't know if he just pushed himself beyond what he could take or what," Troy Schrah said.

Zachary was at the school Thursday lifting weights on his own time when he collapsed, said Clark High sophomore Austin McDaniel. Coaches performed CPR on him and he began to breathe again on his own, said Terry Granger, Zachary's grandfather. An ambulance transported him to Medical Center of Plano.

Word of Zachary's collapse spread quickly among the students via text messaging and Facebook. Messages in memory of Zachary were being posted on Facebook this morning.

About 200 people, including coaches, teachers, students and friends, showed up at the hospital after hearing the news. "It was just breathtaking to see that many people when I turned the corner," Granger said.

Zachary was an avid fisherman and hunter, Troy Schrah said. He also loved football and played offensive tackle. He wanted to be a doctor.

"If you are going to have a kid, you want one like Zac," Granger said.

A student outside the school declined to give her name but said a memorial service was held at Clark High this morning. His family said funeral arrangements were pending.

Austin, who played football with Zachary, said, "He was the life of the party. Without him, it will be pretty empty."