It was a great year for the Hinds Agricultural High School Bulldogs girls and boys basketball teams, which made it to the “Big House,” also known as the Mississippi Coliseum where the state basketball playoffs are held.
That made it a great year as well for seniors, including Kaleb Williams of Edwards and James Stokes of Utica, both of whom started on the boy’s team.
The chance to compete at state championship level sports, while being in a small 1A school environment, was a good reason for Williams and Stokes to choose Hinds Agricultural High School on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.
“It was a great experience,” said Williams, who played point guard. Williams led the Bulldogs, finishing with a team-high 15 points on 5-10 shooting from the field and 5-6 on free throw attempts in the 1A semifinals against Coldwater High.
Williams, one of 50 in the graduating class, said he plans to continue his basketball career at Hinds Community College and major in graphic design. He said the family environment at the small school enabled him to do well.
“The teachers want to see you do well. They don’t like for you to get into trouble,” he said.
Stokes also played a valuable role for Hinds AHS in the season finale, scoring six points and finishing with a team-high in rebounds (seven) and assists (three) in 18 minutes played.
Stokes, who played small forward, also plans to continue playing basketball for Hinds Community College and major in criminal justice.
His four years at Hinds AHS prepared him. “The teachers teach. They’re very good teachers and I like that so I can be ready for college. They bring it to your perspective. If you don’t get it one way, they’ll bring it another way so you’ll get it,” he said.
The Hinds AHS Bulldogs have a strong athletic program with football, basketball, track and tennis. In 2012 the boy’s track team was the state champion, with the girl’s team in fourth place. The girl’s basketball team has a 29-9 record in the district for the last three years, and have stellar winning seasons over the past three years with a 21-7 record this year.
Hinds Agricultural High School is now enrolling students in ninth-12th grades for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Unlike most other public schools in Mississippi, it’s a school of choice for any student in Hinds County – including the Clinton, Jackson and Hinds County school districts – and students in Copiah and Claiborne counties who have permission from the local school board. It’s the only public high school physically located near the southwest part of Hinds County in the Bolton, Edwards and Utica areas.
Hinds AHS has a 110-year legacy educating mostly African American students. Its graduates include U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan and 2004 Silver Medal Olympian in track Otis Harris.
The school’s enrollment is 58 percent male, and 65 percent of the teachers are male. It boasts a faculty where 90 percent of the teachers have a master’s degree or higher. For the last three years, more than 90 percent of its graduates enrolled in college following high school graduation.
For information on enrolling, call the school at 601.885.7083.
Football – Head Coach Michael Fields (All 3 seasons)
2010 – 1-9 record
2011 – 4-8 record
2012 – 6-5 record
Boy’s basketball – Head Coach Keith Williams (All 3 seasons)
2010-11 – 12-14 record
2011-12 – 14-11 record
2012-13 – 14-18 record
Girl’s basketball – Head Coach Bruce Baker (All 3 seasons)
2010-11 – 17-5 record
2011-12 – 27-5 record
2012-13 – 21-7 record
**This includes a 3 year record of 29-0 in the district
Track – Head Coach Michael Fields
2011 – Boy’s 2nd in the state, Girl’s 13th
2012 – Boy’s State Champs, Girl’s 4th
2013 – State Meet is this Saturday