BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Hicks was a trend setter at CHS
By Ken Hall/Special to th Daily Sun
History, because of its very nature, causes
difficulty on occasion when attempting to chronicle a person's
achievements into a condensed form. The essence of the person may be lost
in the translation, yet it is a necessity that it is done so in a manner
that recognizes their contributions to the community. In this way, Louis
D. Hicks is remembered.
Born in Waco, Hicks graduated from A.J. Moore
High School before attending Texas College in Tyler. There he found his
future wife, Billye. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree in 1955,
Hicks entered the Navy, serving one hitch. By that time children had
entered the picture. They and Billye stayed with her mother in Dallas
while he was away.
Over the years the Hicks family grew, adding to
its ranks Louis Jr., Sidney, Byron, Elena and Delwyn. Two other children
were lost at an early age.
Fresh from the service Hicks had to find a way to
take care of his young family. He found employment as a teacher/coach in
Atlanta, Texas, where he stayed for three years. Another opportunity
closer to home came his way, and he accepted a similar position at (Waco)
La Vega for three more years.
In 1963 he heard the roar of the Bear, becoming
G.W. Jackson High School's 14th head coach and athletic director, holding
that post until 1967.
The Jackson teams of that period were always
competitive, and his final squad garnered a district crown by clawing its
way through district play undefeated. The material he left behind helped
his successor and childhood friend Alex Williams' 1968 Bears to their
final state championship.
Following the 1967 season Hicks broke historical
ground when he was assigned to Corsicana High School as a teacher and
This act was significant because the Corsicana
Independent School District was not yet fully integrated.
Seeing an opportunity to rise in the
administrative ranks Hicks obtained his master of science degree from
Prairie View A&M University in 1970. Putting the newly won sheepskin
to use Hicks was named principal of Lincoln Elementary (now Carroll) from
1970-1971, then went back to CHS as assistant principal in 1971.
In 1978 he assumed the mantle of associate
principal, which he held until his untimely passing in 1980. The Louis D.
Hicks Scholarship was established that year by his many friends and
It is awarded to deserving college-bound students
Among his many accomplishments, Hicks was asked
to write an article for Texas Coaches Magazine in 1964, one of the first
blacks at the time to do so. He was affiliated with Alpha Phi Alpha
fraternity, Red Coat Ambassadors of the Chamber of Commerce, Cub Scout Den
Master, Associate Principals Association and Who's Who in Texas Coaches.
His kindness and work with others has left a
lasting impression for all time.
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