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Central Seal

I was the President of the Class of ’61 (Charles Smith) and our senior class gift to the school was the school seal.   Attached should be a newspaper photo of me presenting the seal to W. Holbart Millsaps.   I have the original sketch shown in   the photo along with the 2 other designs that were considered before we agreed on the final design – they are approx. 14″ by 14.”   I also have the first embossed seal on paper from the hand seal that we had fabricated to use on stationery, official papers, etc.

Some background:  In the spring of 1961, the class officers had a meeting with Mr. Millsaps to discuss a class gift.   He suggested that we could “present an official seal” which was needed on school communications.   I thought that would be very easy since we were all busy with the end of school activities.   All that we would need to do is get a copy of the seal and have a hand stamp fabricated.   However, Mr. Millsaps informed us that the school did not have a seal, and we would have to design one.   This initiated several months of activities to design the seal which is now used on most communications from Central.   It includes the front of the building on Dodds Ave., “open book” representing knowledge, “torch” representing leadership, and “anvil” representing school spirit.


Graduated from Central in 1965. Had the honor of being Mr. Central 1965. Started on the Central Basketball Team for three years and was a member of the Track Team in my senior year. Shared command with Bryant Millsaps of the Central JROTC unit in my senior year. Other activites at Central are documented in the 1963 -1965 Champions. Received an athletic scholarship and played Division I College Basketball for four years. When I graduated from Auburn in 1969, I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Adjutant General Corps and served 25 years on active duty, retiring in 1994. Some of the military awards I earned include the Legion of Merit, one Meritorious Service Medal for Achievement, six Meritorious Service Medals for Service, Joint Service Medal for Achievement, two Army Commendations Medals, and Viet Nam Service Medal. After retirement in 1994, I became a Real Estate Broker until my second retirement in 2010. I am passionate about Central History and am pleased to be Administrator of this Blog/Site.

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