Edmond Ellis

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1957

            Edmond Ellis, who was nominated by Stan Ballou, also a member of the class of  1957, has distinguished himself as a conscientious and energetic pioneer in the field of “thick film technology. This technology is a widely-used materials technology for the manufacture of a ceramic electronic circuits and components. The areas of application include those of industrial electronics, medical electronics, data processing, automotive electronics and aerospace electronics.

            Ellis has been a prolific inventor of thick film materials and processes and is named inventor on 14 United States patents, at least one Canadian patent and at least one European patent. He has authored ten technical publications.

 He is a recipient of Delphi Automotive System’s 1999 “Boss” Kettering Award, the corporation’s highest award for innovation. He was inducted into the Delphi Technology Hall of Fame on Sept. 7, 2001, an honor extended to less than one percent of Delphi’s world-wide workforce.

            `Ellis enjoys writing short stories about growing up in Denison. Several have been published on the Alumni website and in the Herald Democrat.

Dr. Linda Chapman Medearis

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1957

            Dr. Linda Chapman Medearis was nominated by Melba Bearden Ballou, a classmate in 1957. Their friendship dated back to Central Ward School in 1951.

            Dr. Medearis was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school and was the Valedictorian of her class.

            In her field of education she has excelled in many areas on the local, state, national and international levels and has received numerous honors and awards including: Who’s Who in Education, Outstanding Doctoral Graduate at the University of North Texas and Outstanding National Eisenhower Grant Research.

            She has written and co-authored several children’s books published by the Seminole and Chickasaw Nations. Also she has written many journal articles and has made significant contributions to her chosen field and profession.

            In 1974 she began her career as a first grade teacher and progressed in her career to curriculum consultant for Education Service Center in Amarillo, Adjunct University of North Texas, elementary principal at Pilot Point, assistant professor of education at East Central University in Ada, associate dean, full professor tenured and chair of the Department of Programs for Special Populations, Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

            Since 2004 she has been at Texas A&M University, Commerce teaching Early Childhood Education graduates and serving as intern/resident liaison for Dallas ISD. Since 2006 she has served as evaluator of national superintendent and principal exams for Educational Testing Service Princeton and California.

Judith WaldeneTrim Nevil

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1958

            Judith Waldene Trim Nevil and her husband, Garland, live in Irving with their three children, Carrie, Paula and Brad. She has been teaching for 20 years, with 16 of those years at Irving High School. She was nominated for the honor by Betty Farley Bair.

            Her position in Advanced Placement/Gifted and Talented English III and IV for the past 16 years has won her recognition and awards including Secondary Educator for Region 10 in 2007. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education and a Master of Arts degree in English at the University of Texas at Arlington.

            She has written district curriculum being used in Irving for 11th and 12th grades and presented courses at summer institutes. She develops and presents staff development in technology classroom management and higher level thinking strategies.

            As an English teacher she spends her summers revisiting her curriculum from previous years, revising and realigning the upcoming year’s study. She feels that her greatest contribution as a teacher is passing along the legacy that made her want to become a teacher. Believing that it’s never too late to realize a lifelong dream, Nevil became a teacher after she became a grandmother and earned her Master’s degree soon after.

Horace Groff

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1958

            Former Grayson County Judge Horace Groff has distinguished himself through his public service, his chosen profession and his service to the Denison schools and the community. He was nominated for the honor by Bob Burton.

            Described as “a man of all seasons,” Groff’s careers have focused on working with and for people whether in funeral service, law enforcement, community corrections of public administration.

            A graduate of the DHS class of 1958, Grayson County College in 1974 and East Texas State University (Texas A&M Commerce) in 1976, Groff has been an outstanding servant in the community for many years. He was elected to six terms at Grayson County Judge and retired in 2002, deciding not to seek office again.

            He has been active in many areas of community involvement and has given freely of his time and expertise to make Grayson County and Denison a better place in which to live.

            Groff was the Grayson County Chief Adult Probation Officer from 1967 to 1978 and with Texas Association of Counties Governmental Relations for two years. A licensed funeral director, he presently does community relations part time for Bratcher Funeral Home.

            Groff is involved in numerous civic, fraternal and religious organizations and continues to pursue community programs.

Natalie Polk Cobb

Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 1978

            Natalie Polk Cobb was nominated by her former coach, Gail Ringness. She now lives in Kentwood, La., with her five children, where she teaches elementary school. She also has four grandchildren.

            Cobb was born in Denison, the sixth of eight children of Eluster and Cleo Polk. At Denison High School she played volleyball, basketball and excelled in track and field events, throwing the shot put. She was not only a good athlete, but a positive team member and a responsible student.

            Throwing the shot put was a natural for Natalie. When she graduated in 1978 she received a scholarship to Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, where she attended classes until 1981. There she set a new tri-state record in the shot put in indoor and outdoor track and field  and held that record until 1988.

            At Denison High she lettered in volleyball, basketball and track (a discus thrower) for three years each. In her senior year, 1978, she was fourth in the state in shot put and broke the record in 1976 when she won the regional meet. In 1977 she also won the district meet and broke the shot put record with 57.5 time.

            At Wichita State she also won the Women’s Outstanding Sports Award. 


Aaron Jackson

Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 1986

            Aaron Jackson, nominated by Ovid Cole of Sherman, DHS class of 1949, now lives in San Jose, CA., and says that he’s still a sports fanatic. Living in San Jose allows him to enjoy two NFL teams, two MLB teams, two NBA teams, one NHL team, one MLS team, one arena football league team and three Division 1 Universities.

            He enjoys many outdoor activities ranging from mountain bike riding to snowboarding and all type of water sports at the ocean or lakes.

            Currently he is working as a software sales representative in Cupertino, CA after working in the Reprographics and Semi Conductor businesses.

            Aaron was born in Denison and attended the University of Arkansas after graduating from Denison High School. At the University of Arkansas he lettered for four years, 1986 and 1988-1990, playing running back and free safety.

            At DHS Aaron ran for seven touchdowns in one game alone and averaged 2,000 yards per season rushing. He scored 34 touchdowns in 85 seasons of play. In his senior year he made first string all-state and in 1985, he and Eric Harper were named players of the year by The Denison Herald.

            Aaron played in the 7-4A North Zone Championship Game, scored 24 points and ran for 159 yards. He was only a few yards shy of the overall school rushing record held by Ray Taylor. He also was an outstanding player for UofA Razorbacks for four years.

Coach M.M. Marshall

Sports Hall of Fame

            Murray Mark Marshall Sr., was born in 1892 and began playing tennis in 1912. He never quit until he was 88 years old. In 1913 he taught all grades, one through 10 at Georgetown, KY. He moved to Denison in 1918 to teach mathematics for $1,320 a year and to coach athletics. He was nominated for the Sports Hall of Fame by one of his former students, Bill Ashburn.

            He received his BA degree from TCU in Fort Worth, and his Masters degree from East Texas State College in Commerce. In 1919 Marshall bought a home at 327 West Gandy, where he and his family lived for 37 years. He was secretary and treasurer of the Denison High School Athletics Association for 34 years.

            In 1930 Marshall won the Grayson County Tennis Singles. He taught school in Denison for 40 years under Superintendent B. McDaniel. He was known as the second best tennis coach in Texas, according to his relative, who said he could have moved and made more money, but he loved his life here.

            He retired in 1958 then taught that fall in the new Fort Worth Christian Academy for one year, commuting on weekends. In 1959 he and his wife moved to Dallas where their children and grandchildren lived. He taught in the Dallas Christian schools for five years, then substituted for two more hears as well as tutored many students from his home. He taught a total of 49 years in six different schools.

            He continued to round up tennis players and played at a park until he was 88 years old.

            He died in 1982, but for a period of time, Denison, year in and year out, had one of the strongest tennis programs in this part of Texas. Highland Park was the only team that would beat Marshall’s players and that wasn’t very often. Marshall loved the game and showed young boys how to play and win. Many of them, like Ashburn, are still playing.