Honors and Achievements

We honor our National, Okaloosa County and Carver-Hill Alumni Achievers.

National Achievers

The United States First Black First Family, the Obama Family!

President Barack Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King!

Carver-Hill Alumni and Okaloosa County Achievers

The Late Mrs. Caroline Baker Allen (Founder),  The Late Mr. Samual A. Allen (Civic Leader and Society Advisor) and
Reverend Dwight Dewitt Baggett and Mrs. Novella Sylvania Lee Baggett (Alumni)

Charlie Hill

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Charlie H. Hill, Educator and Civic Activist Mr. Charlie H. Hill was the first black to hold political office in Ft Walton Beach, Florida. He worked as a teacher, principal and attendance coordinator for the Okaloosa County School District. He served as principal at Brook Elementary School and Combs Hight School From 1953 to 1968. Most of those years were before county schools were intergrated in 1964. He was elected to Ft Walton Beach City Council in 1973 and served two (2) terms. At the time of his death, he was doing part-time consulting work and serving on the Okaloosa-Walton County College Board of Trustees.

(Aunt of Marion J. R. Kent, PhD Class of 1959)

Mrs. Gloria Jean Tippens launched Okaloosa County’s Head Start program in 1971. The program eventually included locations in Shalimar, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and Destin. She retired as director in 1997 after 26 years as the program’s director.

Willie Armstrong (Class of 1960)

Is there a Place in American Business for Willie Armstrong?: Black Enterprise – Jun 1980 – Google Books Result
Willie Armstrong was honored by the Harlem Branch YMCA as a Black Achiever. Black Enterprise – Sep 1980 – Google Books Result
Willie Armstrong greets President Ford as manager of Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington, DC. Black Enterprise – Apr 1975 – Google Books Result