PSJHS inducts six into Athletics Hall of Fame

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 15:57 PM.

She is a member of UTEP’s 1,000 point club, and, in 2002, UTEP opened the doors to the Larry K. Durham Sports Center which features a Hall of Champions mural; in it, Russ’s image is part of the mural honoring UTEP’s athletic heritage, and she is a Hall of Fame inductee for the University of Texas at El Paso.

There were offers to continue playing the game of basketball professionally; however, Russ decided to enter into what turned out to be a successful career in finance and banking.

Holly is a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association as a participating sport official for the West Coast Official Association in Tampa, where she is entering her 11th season. She was recognized as the 2011 Meritorious Award recipient for achieving a Rank 1 status in the sport of basketball by the FHSAA.  She received certificates of merit as a contest official in the 2009 and 2011 FHSAA Girls’ Basketball State Finals. She is an Executive Board member serving as the EEOC Chairperson for the West Coast Officiating Association where she oversees the Evaluation Committee which helps officials in advancement in their officiating careers.

Harry Lee Smith

At any given event or school related festival in Port St. Joe, Smith is likely to be spotted donning his iconic outfit as “Uncle Sam” and spiriting the emotions of those gathered around. 

Born in 1936 to Sanders and Pearl Smith, Harry Lee is a life-long resident of Port St. Joe.  Like so many others during this period, the Smiths moved to Port St. Joe from Georgia to pursue work at the paper mill and other related businesses that had just started up.  After his father’s death in a railroad accident in 1942, Harry Lee’s mother never re-married, but chose to remain in Port St. Joe, the only place Harry Lee would ever call home. 

In the ensuing years, Harry Lee would play football, basketball and track at Port St. Joe High School.  After suffering a broken leg during the 1953 football season, Smith, one of the tallest kids in school, would shift his athletic playing focus to basketball, where he became one of the star players. 



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