Chattanooga High School Hall of Fame honorees announced

Chattanooga High School Hall of Fame honorees announced

September 14th, 2012 by Staff Report in Life Entertainment


• The late Dr. Charles Austin Kendrick, faculty: Mathematics and chemistry teacher at CHS 1954-1966, CHS principal 1972-1982.

• Tom Caldwell, class of 1942: Shareholder in law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, retired January 2012; civic volunteer.

• The late Jim Jeffrey, class of 1954: Member of the 1957 Auburn National Championship football team; coach/educator at four Alabama high schools for 37 years.

• Dr. George Mabry, class of 1963: Director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus since 1997, professor of music emeritus at Austin Peay State University.

• The late Steve McElhaney, class of 1966: All-State basketball player in 1966, Most Valuable Player of the East-West basketball game in Memphis, played basketball at Middle Tennessee State University.

• Judge Harry "Sandy" Mattice: The Federal judge attended CHS his sophomore and junior years before transferring to Baylor School. Nominated by former President George W. Bush to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in July 2005, confirmed by the U.S. Senate and received his commission in November 2005.

Six men will be inducted into the Chattanooga High School Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 5, and Dr. Michael F. Adams will be honored as the CHS 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

The Hall of Fame dinner, sponsored by the CHS Alumni Association, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the school, 1301 Dallas Road.

Since an induction ceremony was not held last year, the CHS Alumni Association will recognize the 2011 Alumnus of the Year, retired Adm. Frank "Skip" Bowman, at this dinner, said association member Doug Jones.

The event will also mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Chattanooga High School in its current building on Dallas Road. The school is now Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, a performing arts magnet school for grades 6-12. Entertainment for the Hall of Fame banquet will be provided by the school's musical theater troupe, The Choo Choo Kids.


Adams was a member of the CHS class of 1966. He was named the 21st president of the University of Georgia in 1997. Adams has announced his plan to retire from UGA on June 30, 2013.

Under his leadership, the university has been recognized as one of the nation's top 20 public research universities for eight of the past 10 years by US. News & World Report.

Adams received a bachelor's degree in speech and history from Lipscomb University, which named him its 2011 Alumnus of the Year. He holds a Ph.D from Ohio State University, and has been awarded five honorary degrees.

For 10 consecutive years, Georgia Trend magazine named him to its list of Most Influential Georgians. He is the recipient of the Knight Foundation for Presidential Leadership and the Governor's Award in the Humanities from the Georgia Endowment for the Humanities among more than 50 awards he has received.

He and wife Mary Lynn have two sons and two granddaughters.

Bowman served for more than 38 years in the U.S. Navy. He was director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, and deputy administrator of the Naval Reactors in the National Nuclear Security Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy.

In these positions, he was responsible for the operation of more than 100 reactors aboard the Navy's aircraft carriers and submarines, four Navy training sites, and two Department of Energy laboratories.

At sea, Bowman commanded the nuclear submarine USS City of Corpus Christi and the submarine tender USS Holland.

Following his Navy career, Bowman was president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute. He is currently president of Strategic Decisions, LLC, in Maryland.

He and wife Linda have two children and six grandchildren.

Tickets to the Hall of Fame dinner are $18 per person, which includes barbecue dinner, dessert and drink. Call 209-5929 for reservations.