Hall of Fame to add three in 2018

TULSA, Okla. — Two long time teachers and an award-winning research meteorologist are set to be inducted into the Booker T. Washington High School Hall of Fame.

A dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on April 5 at the Campbell Hotel at 2636 E. 11th St. Tickets are $25 each with proceeds going to the foundation’s scholarship fund, which provides financial aid for up to four years for graduating seniors and recent graduates.

To purchase tickets, contact Susan Braselton at 918-749-0009 or order here.

A formal induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for April 6 at the Nate Harris Fieldhouse, contingent upon the length of the statewide teacher walk-out.

            A 1995 graduate, Dr. DaNa Carlis is a weather portfolio adviser and meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research arm. His research efforts have led to direct improvements to the National Weather Service’s numerical weather prediction forecasts.

            Over the course of his 13 years as a Hornet football and track coach, the late Larry McGee’s teams brought home three state titles, including one in each sport in 1984. When he stepped away from coaching in 1989, McGee had a .804 winning percentage on the gridiron, with his teams averaging 10 wins per season. A graduate of Langston University, he was named the Tulsa Tribune’s Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1984.

            A 1964 graduate and second generation Hornet, Michael Mims led the boys’ basketball program to three state titles during his decade-long tenure head coach before an eight-year stint with the University of Oklahoma as a recruiter and assistant coach. In addition to stops at Nathan Hale High School, Charles Page High School and Gilcrease Middle School, Mims returned to his alma mater twice more as an administrator before retiring in 2015. Mims is a 2010 inductee into both the Tournament of Champions Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame, as well as a 2015 inductee into the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame.

            “We want to recognize these fine members of the Booker T. Washington family who have left an indelible mark on the community,” Hall of Fame Foundation chairwoman Rebecca Marks-Jimmerson said. “Their efforts truly exemplify the ideals of both the school and its namesake.”