Hall of Fame

John T. Vickers, Sr., Class of 1929

Induction Class of 2000
Football, Basketball, & Track

The 6’3” McCarley native spent four years playing for the SAHS Aggies and excelled in football, basketball, and track. He captained the high school basketball team for three of his four years as center and played both ways on the 25, 26, and 27 Aggie football team the ’26 team went 10-0-1 and won the State Champions. The Retrospect yearbook touted Vickers’ ability calling him, “A boy that could block anybody anywhere. Breaking up passes was his delight.” Vick was a popular student at SAHS and was named Class Vice-President in 1926 and Hi-Y President in 1927. He moved to Sunflower Junior College in the fall of 1927 and continued his winning ways both on and of the field.

While in college Vickers was Secretary of his freshman class and went on to become Vice-President of the Wilson Society, the Glee Cub, and Vice-President of the YMCA. He was sergeant in the Mississippi National Guard and a member of the Science Club as well as Sports Editor of the Retrospect Yearbook. In sports, Vickers played everything but baseball at SJC. He excelled at basketball where he was the captain and center for the Bulldogs (the first mascot of the college) for two years. He played left guard for the football team and was called a “triple threat man” for the college’s first football team. This team defeated opponents from Martin, TN, Tate County, and Delta State Teachers College. In 1929 the team went 4-5. John T. Vickers was also a standout in track both years and was instrumental in helping the SJC Bulldogs win the 1928 State Track Meet with first place finishes in the half mile, high jump, and discus.

Vickers attended Millsaps on a basketball scholarship but did not earn a degree. Instead he bought a drugstore in Moorhead and moved it to Inverness. After selling the drugstore he spend several years selling insurance for National Life Insurance Company before going to work at the Coca Cola bottling plant in Belzoni.

Vickers went back to school and earned a degree in history from USM. For the next 11 years he taught history and coached girl’s basketball at Cleveland Junior High School before retiring.

John T. Vickers, Sr., passed in 1962.

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