Hall of Fame

Hiram Darrington “Darry” Wade, Class of 1948

Induction Class of 1999
Football & Baseball

Hiram began as a youngster in Belzoni playing football and baseball at the high school level and continued at Sunflower Junior College from 1946 to 1948. Wade continued playing both sports at Delta State where he earned a BSE in English and Social Studies. In 1941 he was the Mississippi State Boxing Champion and while at Delta State he was the Golden Gloves Champion. In addition, he also played semi-pro baseball in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

Wade’s coaching and teaching career began at Benoit High School where he taught five classes and coached all sports for two years. He did the same thing at Dublin High School for one year before coming to Sunflower Agricultural High School in 1954.

Wade coached all sports, both boys and girls at SAHS while teaching five classes. He produced Conference and District Champions in all sports. In 1959 he was chosen to coach the North All-Star boys high school basketball team.

In 1961 Coach Wade moved on to Ruleville High School to teach and coach baseball and football. His 1962 baseball team won the Class B-BB State Championship and he was selected Little 8 Conference “Coach of the Year” in 1965.

Wade left coaching after 17 years to concentrate on academics. He was a teacher as well as a high school principal and attendance center superintendent during his nine years at Ruleville. During this time, he earned his Masters in Administration from Mississippi State. He finished a very successful educational career at Oxford High School as a principal, retiring in 1979.

In 1982 Coach “Darry” Wade was inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame.

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