Information from WYSH Radio
Tonight (Friday, September 26) is Homecoming at Clinton High School, and among the festivities taking place this evening will be the induction of four new members into the school’s Wall of Fame.
Thomas Underwood graduated from CHS in the late ’30s after playing football and later served in World War II, where he was shot down during combat and earned a Purple Heart, among other medals, for his service. Underwood also served in the Korean conflict before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Perry Ward has an impressive musical resume that includes performing with the Boston Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera, among others, and he currently teaches at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
John Byrd and Kathleen Benedict will also be inducted into the Wall of Fame. Both taught for several years in the county school system and at Clinton High. Byrd is a CHS graduate who went on to teach science at Clinton Junior High, coached basketball and football, and eventually taught at the high school. He has been instrumental in the highly successful wetlands programs at schools throughout the system. Benedict started the 21 Century program while teaching English at the high school, where she helped present numerous plays, served as yearbook sponsor, and took part in many other activities.