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HHS Names Stadium After Coach Anthony Jenkins
Hernando High School
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Posted On: Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Hernando High Stadium Named in Honor of Anthony Jenkins


   Anthony Jenkins returned to the Hernando High School stadium to be honored at the Tigers’ football game.

   He is staying permanently.

   The DeSoto County Board of Education voted to add Jenkins’ name to the Hernando High School stadium as the “Anthony Jenkins Field.”  Jenkins starred as a player at Hernando High in the 1970s.  After playing for Mississippi State University and coaching at Southside High in Memphis for eight years, he returned to Hernando High in 1988 to begin a 26-year run as head coach and take the program to startling success.


   “When you start your career, you never imagine that one day something like this will happen,” Jenkins  said.  “I’ve been blessed and lucky that I was able to come back to the high school where I played, be the head coach, and be able to work with so many great people.”

   Currently, Jenkins serves as the athletic director for DeSoto County Schools.  Prior to this position, he served as the Hernando Tigers’ football , track and powerlifting coach and the school’s athletic director.  He currently oversees the sports programs and activities at the district’s 42 schools.


   David Lara, the current athletic director and baseball coach at Hernando High, and Principal Freddie Joseph helped ignite a community effort--comprised of former players, parents of players, faculty members, family members and friends--to organize a reception before the Hernando vs. DeSoto Central High football game and a halftime ceremony to unveil the new name of the facility.


   Joseph mentioned the following list of Jenkins’ accomplishments at the reception and at halftime:

  • As Head Football Coach at HHS, he compiled a record of 165 wins and 103 losses.
  • He took nine different teams to playoff appearances including a North-Half runner-up finish in 2001 and two division championships.
  • He coached over 100 student athletes who went on to receive athletic scholarships at different colleges and universities.
  • He coached three Mississippi “Dandy Dozen” players: Nakia Greer, Deljuan Robinson, and Andre Wadley. 
  • He coached three players who went on to play in the National Football League: Kevin Dockery, Deljuan Robinson and Bradley Sowell.
  • He served as Head Track Coach for 23 years.
  • In 2008, he tutored the #1 “High Jumper” in the nation (Ricky Robertson) who went on to compete in the 2016 Olympics.
  • He served as Head Powerlifting Coach for 19 years.
  • He coached 25 Individual State Powerlifting Champions.


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