Callaway High School (Jackson, Mississippi)

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Callaway High School
Callaway logo.png
Motto "Home of the Mighty Callaway Chargers"
Established 1966
Type Public secondary
Principal William Trammell III
Faculty TBD
Students 1116 (2013-2014)
Grades 9-12
Location 601 Beasley Road,
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
District Jackson Public School District
Colors Blue and Orange
Mascot Chargers
Website School website

Callaway High School is a high school in Jackson, Mississippi (USA). The current principal of Callaway High School is William Trammell III.[1]

Built in 1966 on approximately twenty acres in North Jackson, Callaway was named after former educator and community activist Robert Callaway. Students in grades nine through twelve are enrolled.

The mascot of Callaway is the Charger.[2]


There were a total of 1211 students enrolled in Callaway High during the 2006-2007 school year. The gender makeup of the district was 51% female and 49% male. The racial makeup of the school was 100.00% African American.[3]


Callaway High School, named after former educator Robert M. Callaway, a was built in 1966. Robert was a Lafayette County native. He began his career teaching Choctaw Indians in the mountains of McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Before assuming duties as principal of Liberty Grove School, later H.V. Watkins Elementary in Jackson, he taught at Darling in Quitman County and Pocahontas in Hinds County. He was principal at Watkins from 1936-1956. Callaway is also the place where the Mississippi Children's Choir recorded "A New Creation" in 1994. In 2012, JPS announced a rezoning plan. Bailey Magnet students moved to Callaway, Lanier and Murrah. The rezoning affected 3,900 students district wide.

Feeder Pattern[edit]

The following schools feed into Callaway High School.[4]

  • Middle Schools
    • Kirksey Middle School
    • Powell Middle School
  • Elementary Schools
    • Green Elementary School
    • John Hopkins Elementary School
    • North Jackson Elementary School
    • Watkins Elementary School



Callaway boys basketball team, has reigned high in the state of Mississippi for the last two basketball seasons. Callaway is in Division 5A and is coached by Wayne Brent, former Piney Wood High School head coach, Ole Miss assistant coach, and former Provine High School coach.

Coach Brent, in three seasons with the "Mighty Chargers," has won both two state titles and Grand Slam Challenge title. In the 2008 - 09 season, Callaway's two Dandy Dozen guards Deville Smith and Julysses Noble led Callaway to a class 4A state title and also winning the Grand Slam Title. After the 2008 - 09 season, the Mississippi High School Activities Association added the 6A division, which in turn took Callaway from 4A to 5A. Then again in the 2009 - 10 season, after the graduation of Julysses Noble to SEC's Arkansas; the Mighty Chargers led by Dandy Dozen Deville Smith rallied to win the 5A state championship, proving that Callaway was is of the best highschool basketball teams in the state of Mississippi.

1975 Big Eight Conference State title[edit]

In the 1975 football season Callaway High School won the Big Eight Conference State title. The 1975 Callaway team was the first Big Eight team in the state of Mississippi to record a 12-0 record, it is also the last team in over 50 years from the Jackson Mississippi metro area to go undefeated and rank as the No.1 team in the state. The coach,CHARLES A. ALLMAN, was chosen Coach of the Year for Metro Jackson three times, and Coach of the Year in 5-A Football for Callaway in 1977 by the MAC. His teams at Callaway had a 33-game winning streak in the '70s.

Team member Tyrone Keys (All-American Mississippi State, and player on the 1985 Super Bowl Champion, Chicago Bears) once stated that the entire defense on the 1975 Callaway defense could have played in the SEC. The offense was also one of the tops in the state that year and produced several players that received football scholarships.

A book has been written by team member Jerome Gentry to discuss the 1975 team and that time period at Callaway. The book, Mississippi’s Uncovered Glory, tells the story about the unity of black and white team members working together to create a powerful bond of achievement. The team included Roy Coleman the first black quarterback to play at Ole Miss, but he was far from the only star on the team as several players went on to have success in both college and the NFL.

Mississippi’s Uncovered Glory also sheds light on how black families lived in Mississippi during the late 1960s and early 1970s and dispels some of the negative perceptions of growing up in Jackson at that time.


  1. ^ Jackson Public Schools List
  2. ^ Callaway High School
  3. ^ "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education. 
  4. ^ Feeder Patterns – Jackson Public Schools.

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