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T.J.  Harris High School

 T. J. Harris  was founded in 1937.  It was named for T. J. Harris, a former instructor in the district.  At one time it went through 12th grade.  Later it became T.J. Harris High- Junior College. Its first mascot was the Blackcat.  Later it was renamed Tiger.  The school colors were maroon and gold. Mr. W. A. Reed, Jr., was director/principal.


The Harris High band under C. E. Oatis, Jr. attained state and national acclaim. Harris Band appeared in

  • “Cotton Jubilee” parade, Memphis, TN 

  • Indianapolis “500” Parade in Indianapolis, IN

  • “Parade of Roses” Junior Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA; 

  • National Elks Grand Lodge Convention, Chicago, IL. Placed first out of 110 marching units

  • national Elks Grand Lodge Convention, Atlanta, GA. Placed second out of 120 marching units


The choir under Mr. Floyd Hearns was stellar.  It received superior in many state completions.


The basketball  and  football teams under Mr. Charles Rutledge also was number one. 


In 1969-1970 when the Meridian Schools were finally desegregated Harris High became the 10th grade school for the Meridian Public Schools.  Now  what remains of what was T. J. Harris High is  part of Harris Upper Elementary.  


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