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Fame Starts Here

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Millington Central Athletic Director Beth Hale notes some of the sports accomplishments from 2008 from the trophy case. Hale and school officials are now looking for community help to start a Hall of Fame for MCHS Sports.

Millington Central Athletic Director Beth Hale notes some of the sports accomplishments from 2008 from the trophy case. Hale and school officials are now looking for community help to start a Hall of Fame for MCHS Sports.

State champions, countless All-State players, award-winning coaches and even the founder of the TSSAA have called Millington Central High School home.
From William Osteen to Coach Tommy Harrison, the black and gold of the Trojans have been a part of the Tennessee sports fabric since the 1920s. Current Assistant Principal and Athlete Director Beth Hale wants to preserve that history and showcase that legacy by creating a MCHS Sports Hall of Fame.
“I realized how quickly history is passing,” she said. “Millington has such a strong tradition and history. I remember years ago when I first started, there was a picture in the library of the 1923 Millington Lady Trojan Basketball team State champs. I don’t know where that picture is now.
“As we continued to move forward, things like that are beginning to die and the people are being forgotten,” Hale added. “The coaches and the people who made Millington what it is are being forgotten. We don’t want that to happen. We want to bring them back and honor them.”
With support from Principal Mark Neal and other faculty in the school, Hale created a blueprint for the Hall of Fame which will be feature in the William Osteen Gymnasium on a Wall of Fame.
Hale is modeling the MCHS Hall of Fame after  several small colleges and a few high schools across the nation. But when it comes to electing the first class of the Hall of Fame, the committee will review nomination sent in from the public.
Hale and the school is making application available for the public to fill out and return to the school by Sept. 1 to help elect the first 10 that will be a part of the inguarual class.
“That is something Millington needs to really keep alive,” she said, “that strong tradition of those in the past who helped pave the way for the student/athletes we have right now.”
The committee members are appointed by the principal for a two-year term and maybe reappointed by the principal. The committee should have minimum seven community members and two school representatives and no more than 11 community members and five school representatives.
With nominees coming from the community, the committee will review and induct the first 10. Hale said the school is looking toward making football Homecoming the traditional week of the induction ceremony.
Hale, who has been at MCHS for more than 20 years, said the residents of Millington, alumni and Trojan sports fans from generations can make the Hall of Fame a special honor by getting involved.
“The community knows things I don’t know,” she noted. “The community has been here and will know about some of the people who have contributed back in the past. We don’t want anybody to be forgotten.
“It’s going to be a slow process because this is going to be a major honor,” Hale continued. “We’re not going to just look at somebody and say, ‘Oh you had a great year.’ There’s a lot that goes into the critiera. But this is going to be a real honor and a way to get our history started. It’s going to be several years down the road before we get to some people because for so long we’ve let things go to the past.”
Hale said she’s going to locate that picture dedicated to the Lady Trojan State championship team and with the Hall of Fame other historic marks will be preserved for future generations to know Trojan history.
“We want to bring back and thank some of our great contributors, great teams, great athletes and great coaches,” she concluded. “We’ve got people who have done so much for the school and the community we don’t want to forget.”

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