Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

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Clock Tower on Perkinston campus

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College consists of four campuses and four centers: the main campus, located in Perkinston, Mississippi[1]; the Jackson County Campus, in Gautier[2]; the Jefferson Davis Campus, in Gulfport[3]; the Community Campus, a non-traditional campus without walls[4]; the George County Center in Lucedale[5]; the West Harrison County Center in Long Beach[6]; the Applied Technology and Development Center in Gulfport[7]; and the Keesler Center at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi[8].

The college's athletic teams are known as the Bulldogs. They compete in the Mississippi Community College Athletic Conference in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, golf and tennis. MGCCC won the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Championship in 1971, 1984 and was co-national champion in 2007.[1]


MGCCC has been nominated for the Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. It is currently in the 120 eligible schools for the 2013 award. MGCCC was among the top 10 finalist for the same award in 2011 as well.[2]


MGCCC began as the Harrison County Agricultural High School on September 17, 1912. Four years later, north Harrison County became Stone County, and both counties continued to support the school. On September 14, 1925, with the support of Jackson County, Harrison-Stone-Jackson Agricultural High School and Junior College began offering its first year of Junior College work. George County then added its support in 1942, and the institution took the name of Perkinston Junior College.

In 1962, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College District was formed, and three years later, Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College added the Jefferson Davis and Jackson County campuses. Between 1965 and 1985, 4 new centers were opened. The college name was changed to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on October 1, 1987. In 1996, the Community Campus, a campus without walls, was added as a fourth campus.

In 2006, President George W. Bush became the first sitting President to speak at a community college graduation, when he spoke at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Boyce Holleman 1940s Attorney, politician, and actor [4]
Fred Haise 1950s American engineer and former NASA astronaut [5]
Jonathan Aldridge 1996 (Perk) Professional Athlete & Celebrity Entertainer
Tom Johnson 2003-2004 Professional Athlete Defensive Tackle Minnesota Vikings
Dantrell Savage 2005 American football running back
Brittney Reese 2006 American long jumper/Olympian
Terrence Cody 2007 American football nose tackle
Eltoro Freeman 2008 American football linebacker
Demond Washington 2008 American football defensive back
John Jenkins 2009 (Perk) American football nose tackle
Chris White (linebacker) 2009 American football middle linebacker
Don Jones 2010 American football defensive back
Alonzo Lawrence 2012 American football defensive back

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Butler and Mississippi Gulf Coast Share 2007 NJCAA Football Title
  2. ^ "Aspen Prize Finalists - 2011". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Bush urges MGCCC graduates to continue their resolve". Retrieved 2006-09-25. [dead link]
  4. ^ An Oral History with Jesse Boyce Holleman Retrieved 2014-03-04
  5. ^ NASA Bios Retrieved 2014-03-03

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Coordinates: 30°46′53″N 89°08′31″W / 30.78137°N 89.14204°W / 30.78137; -89.14204