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Distinguished Graduate Award Program


The purpose of the award is to recognize graduates of Paris High School and the former Gibbons High School for outstanding personal and professional achievements and to identify role models for Paris High School students. Distinguished Graduates are recognized with a place of prominence on a Wall of Honor in the Paris High School Commons Area.


2022-2023 Distinguished Graduate Awardee

DuWayne Lee Wirta, 66


2021-2022 Distinguished Graduate Awardee

Linda DeWeese Dunkel, 65


2020-2021 Distinguished Graduate Awardees

COL Jimmie Mills, 65

Robert Riggs, 67


2019-2020 Distinguished Graduate Awardees

COL Marshall K. Dougherty, Jr., 82

Ford Taylor, 75

2019-2020 Distinguished Graduate Photo Album


2018-2019 Distinguished Graduate Awardees

Zach Clifford, 04 

Dr. Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., 61

2018-2019 Distinguished Graduate Photo Album


2017-2018 Distinguished Graduate Awardees

Captain J. K. (Jack) Ashmore, 47 

Sharon Samuels Reed, 68  

2017-2018 Distinguished Graduate Photo Album


2016-2017 Distinguished Graduate Awardees

Dr. Larry “T-Byrd” Gordon, 67 (Posthumous)

Thomas S. Moore, 58  

Lewis “Jackrabbit” Smith, 41  (Posthumous)

Dr. Charles Sterling, 63

2016-2017 Distinguished Graduate Photo Album


2015-2016 Distinguished Graduate Awardees

Linda Bates Leali, ‘65

Dr. Charles R. Baxter, ‘46 (Posthumous)

Larry Dean Click, ‘55 (Posthumous)

Jay Hunter Morris, ‘81

2015-2016 Distinguished Graduate Photo Album


2014-2015 Distinguished Graduate Awardees

Leslie Satcher, '80

Charles "Red" Scott, '45 (Posthumous)

2014-2015 Distinguished Graduate Photo Album


2013-2014 Distinguished Graduate Awardees

James Robert (Bob) Biard, '48

Blake Neely, ‘87

Eddie Robinson, ‘38

2013-2014 Distinguished Graduate Photo Album


2012-2013 Distinguished Graduate Awardees

Raymond Berry, '50

Trenton Doyle Hancock, ‘92

Deon Minor, ‘91

Gene “Bebes” Stallings, ‘53

Admiral James O. Richardson, 1897 (Posthumous)

2012-2013 Distinguished Graduate Photo Album



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Paris ISD
1920 Clarksville St
Paris, Texas 75460
Phone: 903-737-7473
Fax: 903-737-7484

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Quick Tip is a support system that allows students to communicate with school administrators. While the district already has many programs to help students deal with challenges such as bullying behaviors, stress, peer pressure, and family problems, Quick Tip helps break the code of silence often experienced by students because it allows them to report concerns to administrators anonymously.

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SchoolMessenger Quick Tip app is available for both iOS (iTunes App Store) and Android devices (Google Play). Download SchoolMessenger Quick Tip App. When launching the app for the first time, you will be prompted to enter the school district code. The school district code is paristx.

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