With the 2018-19 school year rapidly approaching, the biggest question mark is will there be the John F. Kennedy High School Hornets and the Broad Street High School Jaguars or will there be just one school with the North Side High School Gators?
In January, the North Bolivar Consolidated School District announced a merger between John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Mound Bayou and Broad Street High School in Shelby to form one school, which would be located in Shelby at the Broad Street High School facility. A group of Mound Bayou residents known as JFK United filed a suit to halt the merger. The court date for the injunction to cease the merger has been delayed multiple times with a new court date set for July 2.
On the athletic end for the upcoming school, Tavares Johnson has been hired to be the head football coach and Marlon Dorsey has been hired to be the head boys basketball coach for North Side High School. If the schools stay separate, both coaches will be at Broad Street High School.
“We’re excited about having coach Dorsey and coach Johnson a part of the North Bolivar School District staff,” North Bolivar Consolidated School District Superintendent Maurice Smith said. “We look forward to many great things out of them. As soon as we go through this court on the second and get a final ruling, we’ll be looking to fill the other positions.”
If the decision stands to go ahead and consolidate both schools to form North Side High School, the athletic teams at North Side High School will still be eligible for postseason play with the school being classified as 2A. The school district received the news from the Mississippi High School Activities Association last week.
“The Mississippi High School Activities Association has allowed consolidated school districts to compete for championships in mid classification years,” Smith said.
If the schools stay separate, they will be eligible for postseason play in 1A.