Welcome former students, administration, coaches, teachers and friends of Ackerman High School!
Mark you calendars for Saturday, April 25, 2020, 2:00 p.m., and join us for the next Ackerman School Reunion. We will meet at the Ty Cobb complex on the Choctaw County High School Campus (formerly AHS campus). Registration opens at 12 noon.
The oldest male attending was Walter Ray - a young 91. The oldest female was Louise Staples from Greenville, who is just a spring chicken at 90-years-old.
The program was under the leadership of AHS 1953 graduate and 2003 Reunion President Jim Covington of Santa Rosa, California. The Reverend Curtis Guess opened the meeting with prayer and President Jim Covington made his opening comments.
A special treat this year was the attendance of two former coaches and wives who also served AHS as faculty and administration – Parker & Jane Dykes and Paul & Brenda Pounds. Former football coach Parker Dykes and junior high teacher Jane Dykes served AHS in the 1969-70 era. Coach Dykes is now in his 12th year as head football coach at Jones County (MS) Community College. Former football/baseball coach Paul Pounds and administrative secretary Brenda Pounds served AHS in the 1963-65 era. They currently own and operate a B&B in Columbia, Mississippi, and Paul is Director of the Exposition Center and Recreation for the city.
The following classmates were named as having deceased during the past year; Helen Burdine (60), Hamp Gaston(64), Phillip Boggan, Jim Null, Janice Faye Whitten Skeens (52), Jackie Sullivan (51), Frank Partica (66), Billy Weaver (61), Newt Stephenson, Sam Collier (48), Letha Carr McMinn (28), William Wright Hamilton (44), Dale Burney (65), Willie Ethel Gregory (32), and Ethel Brunt.
Class with the highest attendance - 1953 with 27 members present.
Recognition of teachers present:
Paul & Brenda Pounds
Parker & Jane Dykes
Joyce Erwin Vaughn
Martha Kilpatrick Stark
Betty Sue Adams
Recognition of classes having reunions this year:
47 Club: Bobby Gene & Mary Lou Cooper
Class of 44: Lake Tiak-Okhata
Class of 50: Fentress
Class of 69: Pap's Fish House
Class of 54: Lake Tiak-Okhata
Class of 57: Choctaw Lake Picnic Shelter
A financial report was given by Secretary/Treasurer Buddy Smith.
An election of officers was held for 2003-04:
President - Kenneth Smith
Vice President - Don Porter
Secretary/Treasurer - Buddy Smith