Twenty-seven names are on the monument to pay tribute to the years the teachers spent preparing Jones County students for the world they would enter upon graduation.
Principal Chuck Gibson asked the educators or their representatives to stand at the Feb. 6 ceremony as he read the names listed on the marker. Gibson explained that the educators whose names were inscribed on the marker have a common thread. He said they retired from JCHS since 1991 and all have at least 20 years of service to the school system.
He said each of the educators also spent one year at the high school. After the reading of the names, Gibson announced that the flagpole was also being dedicated. The pole was moved when the parking lot in front of the school was expanded last summer and was placed at the entrance of the school.
The principal revealed a plaque on the flagpole in honor of John Trimnell, who was the principal of the high school from 1983-2006.
Gibson introduced Jones County School Superintendent Jim LeBrun, who congratulated the honorees. He commented that the names of the retired teachers will be easier to read than on the ground-level granite markers previously used.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held inside the high school for the honorees.