Greenwood High School (Mississippi)
|Greenwood High School|
|1209 Garrard Avenue
Greenwood, MS, USA 38930-5125
|Type||Comprehensive Public High School|
|Motto||Maximizing Student Potential|
|School district||Greenwood Public School District|
|Faculty||41.05 (on FTE basis, as of 2014-15)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Enrollment||752 (as of 2014-15)|
Greenwood, Mississippi, is a town of slightly over 15,000 residents located on the banks of the Yazoo River about 130 miles (210 km) south of Memphis, Tennessee, and about 95 miles (153 km) north of Jackson, Mississippi. The city and county are named after Greenwood Leflore, the designated leader of the Choctaw nation who ceded Mississippi land under pressure of the 1830 Indian Removal Act to the United States government in exchange for a land allotment in today's state of Oklahoma.
De Jure segregation years
Greenwood was the original home of the White Citizen's Council, a white supremacist organization established in the summer of 1954 in response to a national trend towards racial integration and civil rights for African-Americans which culminated in the landmark 1955 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education.
During this period the town of Greenwood's high school students attended Broad Street High School, the site of today's Threadgill Elementary School — including most notably in its Class of 1955 Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
According to U.S. News and World Report, for the 2009–10 school year Greenwood High School's student body of 719 students was 98 percent of African-American ethnicity and about 1 percent European-American.
- Mario Branch, professional football player.
- Danny Duncan Collum, assistant professor at Kentucky State University and contributing editor of Sojourners.
- Byron De La Beckwith, assassin of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
- Carlos Emmons, professional football player.
- Webb Franklin, former U.S. Representative from Mississippi's 2nd congressional district.
- R. Glynn Holt, astronaut who trained for (but did not fly in) the STS-73 mission of the Space Shuttle program as a payload specialist.
- Robert G. "Bunky" Huggins, served three terms in the Mississippi House of Representatives beginning in 1972, then served 22 years in the Mississippi State Senate beginning in 1984.
- Kent Hull, former quarterback at Greenwood High School; Hull pursued a professional football career and participated in four Super Bowls.
- Cleo Lemon, professional football player.
- Ericka M. Wheeler, currently a senior at Millsaps College, selected as a Rhodes Scholar for 2016.
- Avery Wood, former football player at Greenwood High School; Wood became director of the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission.
- Sylvia Taylor - Procurement (Nike Corporation) - Ms. Nevada 2015
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