Hattiesburg Public School District Foundation announces inaugural HATTIESBURG HIGH Hall of fame CLASS
Fourteen distinguished alumni of Hattiesburg’s city schools will be inducted into the inaugural HPSD Foundation Hall of Fame during a two-day event Oct. 4-5.
Inductees for the first-ever Hattiesburg Hall of Fame class come from the fields of business, politics, education, medicine, entertainment, journalism and sports.
I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I finally sat down and read Ernest Hemingway’s classic novella, The Old Man and the Sea, but it profoundly changed my life and forever altered my definition of what it means to be a man.
Written from his home in Cuba in 1951, the book was published the following year and was immediately met with critical acclaim.
With one of the most recognizable smiles in the Pine Belt and an infectious personality to match, Hattiesburg’s Terry Jordan is much more than just a bartender. He is a Renaissance man with a passion for reading, fashion, music, food – and perhaps most importantly, his family.
John Cougar Mellencamp sang about Little Pink Houses for you and me.
While the houses being built in an old warehouse in Prentiss are little, they aren’t pink. But they can be customized. Just ask James Polk of Tiny House Life Space.
With his factory an hour out of the Hub City, Polk, a Hattiesburg native and resident, first dreamed of tiny houses back in the 1990s. The architect drew out plans and went out to manufactured home builders touting them as the way of the future and trying to get them to jump on his tiny house bandwagon.
Harry Goff, 65, worked as a Systems Analyst and Project Manager for Chevron in Pascagoula before retiring after 36 years. A native of Jackson County growing up in the Wade-Hurley community, he and his wife, Marcia, moved to downtown Hattiesburg five years ago after retirement. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Business. Harry is an active ambassador for downtown Hattiesburg and the Golden Eagles.
What is your idea of happiness?
Hanging out and spending time with friends and family that I love.
Many people give up on their dreams as they get older, settle down and have children. For veteran and Hattiesburg resident Ben Compton, this wasn’t an option. He always knew he was interested in comedy, and a few years ago, he finally took his chance and with the support of his wife and children, began his career as a stand-up comic.
Rob Walker, 33, is a Petal native and Jones County Junior College graduate. Walker loves fishing and kayaking on the river and you can usually find him at one of the bars in Downtown Hattiesburg. After getting his first camera in middle school, nearly two decades passed before his love affair with photography came into full bloom. Specializing in live music photography, Walker was named Best Event Photographer in this year’s Best of the Pine Belt awards. His portrait is compliments of fellow photographer Grant Hobgood.
Keith Kujath of Hattiesburg has combined two of his passions into one avocation, and now he has found a mentor that provides him the inspiration in both of his endeavors.
Kujath is a music maven, with collections of guitars, albums, recordings and – thanks to his mentor, Dick Waterman – the largest individual collection of Waterman photos. A certified clinical perfusionist by profession, Kujath bundles his love for photography and his knowledge of music, both performing and producing, to capture the essence of a stage or musical performance.
Whether it’s from her time spent with the United Way of Southeast Mississippi, the Avenues Alliance or the Luckyday Scholars, Cox makes it a point to better the people and places around her on a daily basis.
“Community is what makes life possible,” said Cox, who now serves as director of community impact for United Way SEMS. She’s also the winner of this year’s Best of the Pine Belt’s Best Volunteer award.
“Tupac (Shakur) said, ‘I am a reflection of the community,’ and that is the absolute truth – we all are.
Now in its ninth year, FestivalSouth continues to enjoy a part of the Hub City’s days and nights each summer. This year FestivalSouth runs June 9-23.
The multi-genre arts festival was the brainchild of Jay Dean, who recently retired as music director for the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company.
Dean said the idea for FS was developed in 2009 because he wanted to create a major community-based arts and entertainment event.
“It took 18 months to bring it to fruition in June 2010,” he said.