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Coleman Independent School District

2019  Hall of Honor


The Coleman ISD Hall of Honor was established to recognize members of the Coleman ISD’s family who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to Coleman ISD or whose ​​
life achievements have brought honor and value to the district. 
Numerous alumni, educators, parents, community supporters, business people and elected officials have made significant contributions to the development and improvement of Coleman Independent School District.

The CISD Hall of Honor Class for 2019

Jack Baucom
Tom Jones
Dr. John E. McDaniel
W.A. “Bill” Stephenson
Ralph Terry

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Jack Baucom graduated from Coleman High School in 1955.  Following his graduation from Howard Payne University, he began his teaching and coaching career at Coleman ISD in 1960.  He coached football, basketball and track.  He taught and coached at Coleman ISD for 32 years in which seven of those years he was Athletic Director.  During his CISD tenure, his teams won 18 District Basketball Championships and advanced to the State Basketball Tournament in 1980. His basketball career record is 754 wins and 260 losses.  He is still ranked as the 25th all-time winningest basketball coach in Texas history.  Jack, and wife Karen, were lifelong residents of Coleman raising their three children as Bluecats.  He retired from teaching and coaching in 1996.

Tom Jones graduated from Coleman High School in 1945.  He graduated from the University of Texas and became a successful songwriter/lyricist.  He is known for hundreds of recordings, notably for “Much More,” “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You” which he co-authored.  He is known for his most successful work, “The Fantasticks” which opened in 1960 and became the longest running production in the history of the American theatre.  Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt also wrote two successful Broadway shows, “110 in the Shade” and “I Do! I Do!” along with many more notable shows. Mr. Jones received an OBIE Award and the 1992 Special Tony Award for “The Fantasticks.” In 1999, he was inducted into the Broadway Hall of Fame at the Gershwin Theatre, in 2012 he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and in December of 2017, he received the Oscar Hammerstein Award. His “star” is on the Off Broadway Walk of Fame outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City, New York.  Mr. Jones currently resides in Connecticut and is working on three new shows.

Dr. J.E. McDaniel graduated from Coleman High School in 1950.  Dr. McDaniel graduated from Texas Christian University and then studied French culture and civilization at the University of Strasbourg on a Fulbright Grant.  Following college, he served as an officer in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Dr. McDaniel postponed his graduate studies at Harvard to work in John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign; he then served in the Kennedy White House and later as Chief of Staff to an Oregon congressman. Following the Kennedy assassination, he completed his doctoral work at the University of Texas before joining the Adams State University faculty in 1967.  Dr. McDaniel, emeritus
professor of history at Adams State, is fondly known as “Dr. John” where he taught history, government, philosophy and English until his retirement in 2007.  During his tenure, he established 40 scholarships as well as the McDaniel Scholarship Trust which continues to benefit the students at Adams. In 2012, the newly renovated Education and Social Sciences Bldg. was dedicated as the John E. McDaniel Hall in his honor.

Bill Stephenson graduated from Coleman High School in 1949. He was a graduate of Texas A&M College class of 1953.  He was inducted into the US Army in 1954.  Following the army, he and his wife, Joy, returned to Coleman to raise their family.  Mr. Stephenson became very active in the community, working and owning several businesses.  He was a Boy Scout leader and volunteer, Little League baseball coach, 20-year member of the Coleman volunteer fire department, and served six years on the CISD School Board.  He served on the Coleman Country Club Board, was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a 25 year member of the Coleman Rodeo Association, an Elder in the First Christian Church and served on the Coleman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He was instrumental in organizing the Coleman Betterment Council.  Because of his love and commitment to service for Coleman, he received the “Citizen of the Year” award in 1981.

Ralph Terry graduated from Coleman High School in 1965.  He received his degree from Sam Houston State University and undertook post-graduate work in photography, cinematography and chemical plant operations and management. His career has been focused on photography and historical research. After several commercial photography jobs in Houston and Texas City, he returned to Coleman in 1974 where he has owned and operated Terry Studio ever since.  Mr. Terry has done extensive research on the history of Coleman County, Coleman County Cemetery, CHS ex-students, and CHS football and basketball records.  Mr. Terry received the Texas Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award in 1981, the Bluecat Booster Club Top Cat Award in 1988, named Coleman Citizen of the Year in 2004, and proclaimed “Coleman Historian” by the Mayor of Coleman in 2018. Books published by Ralph Terry are “Coleman County and Its People”, Coleman County Cemetery Inscriptions”, “The Episcopal Church in Northwest Texas”, Looking Backwards, 1858-1940”, “Coleman High School Football, 1910-2009”, and  “Looking Backwards, 1940-1980.”  He also built and maintains the Coleman High School Ex-Students Website.

Coleman Independent School District

2018 Hall of Honor​

Charlotte Strawn was a teacher in Texas from 1943 - 1990.  Mrs. Strawn taught 3rd and 4th grades in Coleman for more than 35 years, beginning in 1954.  Many of her former students look forward to visiting with her at each reunion.  She received her BS in Education and Masters of Education from Howard Payne College (University).  In 1990 Mrs. Strawn was inducted into the Who's Who Among America's Teachers.  She was active in Girl Scouts where she received the Bicentennial Heroine Award in 1975. She was honored as the 1998 Coleman County Citizen of the Year.
Howard Childress is a native of Coleman, born in 1930, one of six children.  He graduated from Humphrey High School (CISD) in 1950 and then served in the United States Army, stationed in California and Germany.  Following his service he graduated from Prairie View A&M University.  Childress began his teaching career at CISD in 1958 where he taught and coached basketball for 34 years.  Coach Childress was the recipient of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Look Up Award in 1983 and 1984 and was selected for the CHS Top Cat Award by the Bluecat Booster Club in 1990.  He was listed as one of the members of Who's Who in American Teachers in 1990.
General Scott graduated from Coleman High School in 1960.  He received his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and his MBA from Fairleigh-Dickinson University. General Scott served 32 years in the United States Army.  He had several key commands in Europe, Africa, Korea and the United States.  His military experience included command of tactical units at all levels.  He served on the faculties of West Point, Harvard University, and Howard Payne University.  The Army honored Ganeral Scott during his service with five military awards for Valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat.
Dr. Lane graduated from Coleman High School in 1960.  While attending Coleman High School he was voted All-School Favorite, captain of varsity football and basketball teams.  He won many accolades in band.  He graduated from Lubbock Christian College (now Lubbock Christian University) where he played basketball, was a member of the band and was selected as Mr. Lubbock Christian College.  He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Lane was a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery and helped develop the art of small incision style surgery.
James E. King (1885-1947) was the Coleman Bluecat Band's first band director in the 1930's.  He graduated from the St Louis Conservatory of Music.  He composed Coleman's iconic, "My Alma Mater." Mr. King was also the founder of TMEA (Texas Music Educators' Association) which is the largest state music educator association with more than 15,000 members.  Early in his career Mr. King directed the TCU and Baylor bands at the beginnings of both programs.  Mr. King organized the first band contest in Texas which was held at the State Fair of Texas in the 1920's.
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Please click on photo to view photos from the Hall of Honor Banquet.  

(Photos supplied by Ralph Terry, Hanaba Welch, Lindi Armstrong)