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Celebrating 100 years of<br />Academic Excellence!<br />
September 5, 1911~The Harrison County School Board named Perkinston as the site of the new AHS.<br />
June 4, 1912~<br />Professor James Andrew Huff named first principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
September, 1912~<br />First school “Announcement”<br />Posted.<br />
September 17, 1912~Thirty-nine boys and 24 girls began classes for the first time at Perkinston. Only one building (later ...
April 1, 1915~ The institution’s first girls’ dorm (later called Stone Hall) opened.<br />
June 6, 1917~ <br />Professor Claude J. Bennett named principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
September, 1919 ~<br />William Albert “Ship Island” Frantzen (of Norway) becomes the institution’s  first foreign student....
September, 1920~<br />John Jefferson Dawsey named principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
Fall, 1921~<br />Thomas Ira Cook named principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
June 1922~<br />J. H. Forbis named principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
July 1, 1922 ~Ernest Bert Colmer began his long career as <br />the agriculture teacher.<br />
June, 1924 ~<br />Newly appointed Harrison-Stone AHS Superintendent Jefferson Lee Denson took the helm determined to add a...
May 20, 1927~<br />Hersel McDaniel became the first graduate of HSJJC.<br />
Fall, 1927~ The football Bulldogs won their first state championship.<br />
August, 1934~ Robert Harmon Longmire was hired as the school’s first band director.  That fall, Perk fielded its first uni...
January 15, 1937~ <br />Phi Theta Kappa Gamma Nu Chapter was chartered at Perkinston.<br />
November 19, 1938~ For the first time, <br />the appellation “Homecoming Queen and Court” was used to designate the royal ...
Fall, 1941~ <br />Albert Louis May replaced Cooper Darby and became the first CEO of the institution to be termed “preside...
March 6, 1949~ The War Memorial Chapel was dedicated.<br />
Fall, 1952~ Prof. Sam Jones fielded his first women’s drill team, which he dubbed “Perkettes.” <br />
July 8, 1953~ J.J. Hayden Jr. became president.<br />
November, 1954~ The drama students of Perkinston took the name “Perk Players.”<br />
October 13, 1956~ The first Sam Owen Trophy was awarded to C. E. “Gene” Dees.<br />
1964~ Groundbreaking ceremonies held for the Jackson County and Jefferson Davis Campuses.<br />
1965~ Classes began at the Jackson County and Jefferson Davis Campuses.<br />
1966~ Triple-Crown Year: State championships in baseball (Curly Farris, coach), basketball (Bob Weathers, coach) and footb...
November 1, 1970~ The Alumni Hall of Fame began with induction of Fred Haise at Homecoming.<br />
Fall, 1971~ <br />George Sekul’s Bulldog football team won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Champ...
April 30, 1971~ <br />First Instructor of the Year award presented to Guy D. Moffett, Perkinston Campus science instructor...
Spring, 1972~ <br />Sue Ross’ basketball team won the National AIAW championship.<br />
March 4, 1973~ <br />Mississippi Governor Bill Waller dedicated the George County Occupational Training Center in Lucedale...
June 4, 1973~ <br />Classes began at Keesler Center.<br />
August, 1974~ <br />Andrews Hall became Mississippi’s first structure at a previously all-white institution to be named fo...
Fall, 1983~ The MGCJC band became known as the Band of Gold to signify the “marriage” of the three campuses’ band students...
Fall, 1984 - George Sekul’s Bulldog football team won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championsh...
July, 1985 - Classes began at West Harrison County Occupational Training Center.<br />
January 1, 1986~ Dr. Barry Lee Mellinger became MGCJC president.<br />
May 22, 1991~ Classes began at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Applied Technology and Development Center (later the Advanced Ma...
October 21, 1995~ Special Archives exhibit commemorated Gold Star students and faculty on the 50th anniversary of the end ...
July 1, 1996~ TheCommunity Campus, the “campus without walls,” began operations.<br />
August, 1998~ Dr. Willis H. Lott became MGCCC President.<br />
October 28, 1999~ Athletic Hall of Fame began with 15 inductees.<br />
April, 2000~ MGCCC President Willis H. Lott launched Strategic Plan 2000.<br />
2001~ Pat and Gregg Descher donated Mac, <br />the English Bulldog, as the college mascot.<br />
2003~ 10,000-plus students enrolled<br />
August 29, 2005~ Hurricane Katrina<br />
2006~ President George W. Bush spoke at graduation ceremony.<br />
2007~ Bulldog football team won Co-National NJCAA honors<br />
2008~ Dr. Ottis Ball donated $1 million to college (largest monetary gift in college’s history)<br />
2009~ SACS completion of compliance (no recommendations)<br />
2011~ Largest graduation in college’s history.<br />
2011~ Dr. Mary S. Graham named the twelfth president of MGCCC effective <br />July 1, 2011.<br />
For more information please call the <br />MGCCC Alumni/Foundation.<br />
Produced by<br />MGCCC Institutional Development<br />
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MGCCC Centennial Significant Milestones

  1. 1. Celebrating 100 years of<br />Academic Excellence!<br />
  2. 2. September 5, 1911~The Harrison County School Board named Perkinston as the site of the new AHS.<br />
  3. 3. June 4, 1912~<br />Professor James Andrew Huff named first principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
  4. 4. September, 1912~<br />First school “Announcement”<br />Posted.<br />
  5. 5. September 17, 1912~Thirty-nine boys and 24 girls began classes for the first time at Perkinston. Only one building (later called Huff Hall) stood on Perk Hill. <br />
  6. 6. April 1, 1915~ The institution’s first girls’ dorm (later called Stone Hall) opened.<br />
  7. 7. June 6, 1917~ <br />Professor Claude J. Bennett named principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
  8. 8. September, 1919 ~<br />William Albert “Ship Island” Frantzen (of Norway) becomes the institution’s first foreign student. <br />
  9. 9. September, 1920~<br />John Jefferson Dawsey named principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
  10. 10. Fall, 1921~<br />Thomas Ira Cook named principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
  11. 11. June 1922~<br />J. H. Forbis named principal of Harrison County Agricultural High School.<br />
  12. 12. July 1, 1922 ~Ernest Bert Colmer began his long career as <br />the agriculture teacher.<br />
  13. 13. June, 1924 ~<br />Newly appointed Harrison-Stone AHS Superintendent Jefferson Lee Denson took the helm determined to add a junior college to the AHS.<br />
  14. 14. May 20, 1927~<br />Hersel McDaniel became the first graduate of HSJJC.<br />
  15. 15. Fall, 1927~ The football Bulldogs won their first state championship.<br />
  16. 16. August, 1934~ Robert Harmon Longmire was hired as the school’s first band director. That fall, Perk fielded its first uniformed band.<br />
  17. 17. January 15, 1937~ <br />Phi Theta Kappa Gamma Nu Chapter was chartered at Perkinston.<br />
  18. 18. November 19, 1938~ For the first time, <br />the appellation “Homecoming Queen and Court” was used to designate the royal ladies of the gridiron.<br />
  19. 19. Fall, 1941~ <br />Albert Louis May replaced Cooper Darby and became the first CEO of the institution to be termed “president.”<br />
  20. 20. March 6, 1949~ The War Memorial Chapel was dedicated.<br />
  21. 21. Fall, 1952~ Prof. Sam Jones fielded his first women’s drill team, which he dubbed “Perkettes.” <br />
  22. 22. July 8, 1953~ J.J. Hayden Jr. became president.<br />
  23. 23. November, 1954~ The drama students of Perkinston took the name “Perk Players.”<br />
  24. 24. October 13, 1956~ The first Sam Owen Trophy was awarded to C. E. “Gene” Dees.<br />
  25. 25. 1964~ Groundbreaking ceremonies held for the Jackson County and Jefferson Davis Campuses.<br />
  26. 26. 1965~ Classes began at the Jackson County and Jefferson Davis Campuses.<br />
  27. 27. 1966~ Triple-Crown Year: State championships in baseball (Curly Farris, coach), basketball (Bob Weathers, coach) and football (George Sekul, coach). <br />
  28. 28. November 1, 1970~ The Alumni Hall of Fame began with induction of Fred Haise at Homecoming.<br />
  29. 29. Fall, 1971~ <br />George Sekul’s Bulldog football team won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship.<br />
  30. 30. April 30, 1971~ <br />First Instructor of the Year award presented to Guy D. Moffett, Perkinston Campus science instructor.<br />
  31. 31. Spring, 1972~ <br />Sue Ross’ basketball team won the National AIAW championship.<br />
  32. 32. March 4, 1973~ <br />Mississippi Governor Bill Waller dedicated the George County Occupational Training Center in Lucedale. <br />
  33. 33. June 4, 1973~ <br />Classes began at Keesler Center.<br />
  34. 34. August, 1974~ <br />Andrews Hall became Mississippi’s first structure at a previously all-white institution to be named for an African American. <br />Thelma Andrews was the head cook at the Perkinston Campus.<br />
  35. 35. Fall, 1983~ The MGCJC band became known as the Band of Gold to signify the “marriage” of the three campuses’ band students into a unified organization.<br />
  36. 36. Fall, 1984 - George Sekul’s Bulldog football team won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship.<br />
  37. 37. July, 1985 - Classes began at West Harrison County Occupational Training Center.<br />
  38. 38. January 1, 1986~ Dr. Barry Lee Mellinger became MGCJC president.<br />
  39. 39. May 22, 1991~ Classes began at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Applied Technology and Development Center (later the Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center). <br />
  40. 40. October 21, 1995~ Special Archives exhibit commemorated Gold Star students and faculty on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.<br />
  41. 41. July 1, 1996~ TheCommunity Campus, the “campus without walls,” began operations.<br />
  42. 42. August, 1998~ Dr. Willis H. Lott became MGCCC President.<br />
  43. 43. October 28, 1999~ Athletic Hall of Fame began with 15 inductees.<br />
  44. 44. April, 2000~ MGCCC President Willis H. Lott launched Strategic Plan 2000.<br />
  45. 45. 2001~ Pat and Gregg Descher donated Mac, <br />the English Bulldog, as the college mascot.<br />
  46. 46. 2003~ 10,000-plus students enrolled<br />
  47. 47. August 29, 2005~ Hurricane Katrina<br />
  48. 48. 2006~ President George W. Bush spoke at graduation ceremony.<br />
  49. 49. 2007~ Bulldog football team won Co-National NJCAA honors<br />
  50. 50. 2008~ Dr. Ottis Ball donated $1 million to college (largest monetary gift in college’s history)<br />
  51. 51. 2009~ SACS completion of compliance (no recommendations)<br />
  52. 52. 2011~ Largest graduation in college’s history.<br />
  53. 53. 2011~ Dr. Mary S. Graham named the twelfth president of MGCCC effective <br />July 1, 2011.<br />
  54. 54. For more information please call the <br />MGCCC Alumni/Foundation.<br />
  55. 55. Produced by<br />MGCCC Institutional Development<br />

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