Distinguished Educator and Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Educator Award is presented each year to a deceased, a retired living and a current educator from Ruston High School. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a Ruston High School Alumni who has distinguished themselves in their career and personal life, or has made a significant contribution to their profession or their community.

In addition to the Distinguished Educator Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Alumni Association has also created an award for the Outstanding Young Alumni. Each year, one Young Alumnus will be selected for recognition for Significant Achievement. There will be no categories. A Young Alumnus is defined as anyone under the age of 40 at any time during the calendar year of their selection.

Nominations for the Distinguished Educator Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award or the Young Alumnus Award should be directed to Jedd Lewis, Award Committee Chairman or to John Sachs, Award Committee Advisor.


John B. Holstead, Class of 1956
Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Educator Award
H. E. Townsend, Principal 1918 - 1953
Ruth Johnson, Mathematics
Paula Heard Pardue, Registrar/Director of Guidance
Distinguished Alumni Award
Jimmy "Chick" Childress, Class of 1950
Tommy Hinton, Class of 1954
Dr. Gerald Cobb, Class of 1956
Leon Barmore, Class of 1962
Bert Jones, Class of 1969

Distinguished Educator Award
Mary Alice Garrett, English
J. E. Mitcham, Band
Gary Green, History
Distinguished Alumni Award
Walton E. McBride, Jr., Class of 1942
Sarah Watt Brown, Class of 1965
John Clint Williamson, Class of 1978

Distinguished Educator Award
Thomas G. Judd, American History
Anne Mitchell Calhoun, Speech & Debate
Dave B. Anderson, Track & Field Coach
Distinguished Alumni Award
James M. Young, MD and
June Buckner Young, Class of 1942
Robert R. Aillet, Class of 1945
James E. Davison, Class of 1955

Distinguished Educator Award
Kendall Hearn, Choir & Glee Clubs
Denman Garner, PE & Basketball Coach
Jane Tatum, English
Distinguished Alumni Award
John Shealy, Class of 1945
General Billy Mitchell, Class of 1932
Fred Dean, Class of 1971

Distinguished Educator Award
L. J. "Hoss" Garrett, deceased Football Coach
Terri Lynn Johnson, retired English Teacher and Counselor
Margarite Cazenave, Current Spanish Teacher
Distinguished Alumni Award
Science Teacher and Discoverer Joel Tellinghuisen, Class of 1961
Former State Senator Charles Barham, Class of 1952
Former Athlete and Businessman W.A. "Dub" Jones, Class of 1942

Distinguished Educator Award
Murrie Lee Turnbow, deceased Girls Physical Education Teacher
Ruth Potts, retired English teacher
Julie Stephenson, current English teacher
Distinguished Alumni Award
Johnny Maxwell, Commerce
Cherry Pratt Kirkpatrick, Humanitarian
Dr. Joan Blondin, MD, Medicine

Distinguished Educator Award
Elaine Johnson, current math teacher
Norris "Bud" Alexander, retired teacher
Morgan Peoples, deceased history teacher
Distinguished Alumni Award
Duddy Garrett, Class of 1957
Robert Lewis, Class of 1967
Zane Skinner, Class of 1942

Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Ryan Dick, Class of 1991

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