Mortimer Jordan High School
|Mortimer Jordan High School|
|District||Jefferson County Schools|
|Colors||royal blue & white|
|Location||1920 Blue Devil Drive|
Mortimer Jordan High School (MJHS) is a four-year public high school in the Jefferson County School System located at 1920 Blue Devil Drive in Kimberly. It was founded on Old Highway 31 in Morris in 1920 and named for World War I hero Mortimer Jordan. The school's motto is "Love it . . . or leave it." The principal is Craig Kanaday.
Parents in the Morris area organized for the founding of the new school, which opened in the fall of 1920. Ninety students were enrolled at the start of the year, and the first graduating class consisted of Sudie Counts and Eileen Jenkins, both of whom became teachers. The faculty consisted of three female teachers and Mennie Halliman as the school's first principal.
A Mr Gordon took over as principal in 1921. He began the clearing of a wooded lot that later served as a playground by sending misbehaving students out to cut down trees and dig up stumps. Twelve students graduated in the second full year of classes. Thirteen-year-old Mabel Creel graduated in 1928 as the valedictorian of her class.
The school's original building had five rooms, but growth required the addition of a frame building of eight rooms. The school's first gym was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936–37, around the same time the lunchroom program was established. Indoor plumbing and restrooms, fed by pump from Turkey Creek, were installed before 1941. A football and athletic field was added in the early 1950's.
In 2011 the school moved to a new 232,000 square-foot building at the end of Bone Dry Road (renamed Blue Devil Drive) in Kimberly. The new campus, designed by Davis Architects, includes a 650-seat performing arts center, a culinary arts kitchen, and several computer and science labs. Winter Construction built the new facility.
The old school building was converted into the new home for the William E. Burkett Center for handicapped students.
The Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils compete in AHSAA Level 5A. Region 6. The 1928 boys' basketball team, coached by Clarence Vines, won a state title and went on to finish second in the national finals in Chicago, Illinois. The girls' fast pitch softball team, coached by Laura Rickman, has brought home state titles in 1999, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
- Mennie Halliman, 1920–21
- Mr Gordon, 1922–1923
- Mr Sams, 1923-1925
- J. O. Suddeth, 1959
- Jimmie Trotter, 1967–2000
- Byron Campbell, c. 2000–2008
- Barbara Snider, 2008–2014
- Craig Kanaday, 2014–
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