|UC schools will honor long tenure by Boykin |
|Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:00 pm |
|Dan Boykin has spent most of his adult life providing leadership and guidance to children as they advanced through the Union City School System. |
Tuesday night, that commitment will be recognized. Boykin will be honored during Union City’s high school basketball doubleheader with Humboldt on Tuesday. Action will begin at 6 p.m.
Boykin recently retired from the local school system after serving more than 40 years at Union City Middle School as a basketball and football coach, assistant principal and, finally, principal.
In addition to his tenure within the school system, Boykin has also served as director of the Miles Summer Recreation Program, now part of the Boys and Girls Club.
Boykin has had a major impact on the lives of young men and women as they navigated the transitional junior high school years.
From the many inductees in the Union City High School Hall of Honors to the long list of college graduates and the number of people who went on to be leaders in a wide variety of professions, one common connection is the lessons learned from sixth through eighth grades.
Students who advanced through UCMS went on to graduate from universities across the nation, including Harvard, as well as the military academies, and then moved to successful careers as doctors, lawyers, nurses, corporate leaders, coaches and community leaders.
Boykin’s commitment to education came from his childhood in Humboldt.
Born the sixth of eight children to the late Dan and Sallie Boykin, he graduated from Stigall High School in 1967 and received a full basketball scholarship to Lane College in Jackson.
After receiving a B.A. from Lane, Boykin went on to earn his Masters, plus 45 hours, in Administration and Supervision from UT Martin.
That quick list of academic and athletic accomplishments do not tell the full story, however.
Boykin was just two generations removed from slavery and one generation removed from indentured service as the son of a sharecropper. Boykin grew up chopping cotton and was just nine when his father died.
The desire for higher learning came from his mother, who succeeded in raising a family despite an eighth-grade formal education.
The discipline that helped Boykin achieve his educational and athletic goals carried into all walks of his professional life, from his career in the Union City School System to his 12 years officiating high school sports to his volunteer and charity work.
Boykin is a member of Vine Street Church of Christ, where he serves as superintendent of Sunday School and as adult Sunday School teacher.
He serves on the board of directors for Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Tennessee and Obion County 911.
Boykin is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, NAACP, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Edu-cation Association and Tennessee Education Association.
In 2007, Boykin was honored with the Pride of Obion County award. Published in The Messenger 1.19.12