Hall of Honor Inductees Announced
Chickasha Pubic Schools is excited to announce the inaugural class for the Hall of Honor. The Hall of Honor was established to celebrate those special individuals who have contributed to the welfare of humanity, brought unusually positive attention to Chickasha Public Schools, and modeled the highest personal and professional qualities for students. CPS received numerous high-quality applications for this special honor. After a thoughtful and careful review, the following people were selected for the inaugural Class of 2023.
Dr. Ada Lois Sipuel – A civil rights champion that fought to end legalized segregation for people of all color to attend college. She went on to attend the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1949 and graduated in 1952. She practiced law in Chickasha and Oklahoma City, taught at Langston University, and retired as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 1992, she was appointed to the Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma by Governor David Walters.
Mr. Darrell Harms – A Fightin’ Chick through and through, Mr. Harms taught at Chickasha High School as the Speech and Drama teacher from 1967 – 2002 and made a positive impact on the lives of untold counts of students. He guided students through an estimated 180 school plays, served as the public address announcer for high school and junior high football, basketball, and baseball games, and is a member of the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Harms also served as the Music Minister at Trinity Baptist and Michigan Avenue Baptist churches and assisted with numerous local area charities.
Mr. Art Griffith – A true legend that tales are made of, Mr. Griffith graduated from Chickasha High School in 1915. While attending CHS he played football and baseball. Following high school, he fought for his country in World War I. He went onto become a graduate of Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University). He started coaching wrestling in Tulsa, OK at Central High School and led them to ten state championships before becoming the wrestling coach at Oklahoma A&M in 1941. He led the Aggies to eight national team titles and 27 individual national titles. Mr. Griffith coached the USA wrestling team to victory in the 1948 Olympics. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1976.
This outstanding inaugural class will be honored at the Chickasha Public Schools Foundation GALA on March 31, 2023. The event will be held at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Tickets may be purchased for this event by contacting the Chickasha Public Schools Foundation Office.