By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Trophies and awards from former Cleveland schools are now on display at the Charles W. Capps Archives and Museum at Delta State University.
Located on the second floor of the building, the display packs as much memorabilia as possible into the space.
Following consolidation and creation of Cleveland Central Middle and High Schools, all trophies, awards, photos and assorted collectibles were packed up and stored at the archives building to allow the new schools to develop their own histories.
“When the school board decided that the university archives would be the repository for this history, we determined that it should not live in boxes,” said Delta State archivist Emily Jones. “Because that was the one thing the community was afraid of is that their history would be boxed up and forgotten. And no one intends for that to ever happen to anybody’s history, but sometimes that’s just the way things go.
“For this, I realized pretty quickly how important it was that it was still accessible by the community and so, I just started figuring out how to display as many trophies as I could.”
The materials are from Cleveland High, Margaret Green, East Side High, and D.M. Smith Middle Schools.
“We originally started out with over 1,300 trophies for all four schools,” Jones said. “And 1,300 trophies displayed anywhere is going to be overwhelming.
Jones worked on building display cases that could accommodate enough trophies while at the same time adjusting for what was a finite amount of space.
“We whittled it down to a little over 800, so that’s what you’ll see, but all the faceplates off of the trophies that we weeded we’ve kept and we’ve inventoried those and those are going to go on the endcaps of five of the major display walls.”
“All the trophies are there and now the last piece I have to install are faceplates for the extra trophies we got out.”
The two masks of the old mascots, the Cleveland High Wildcat and the East Side Trojan, are also on display.
The project is currently available for viewing at anytime during the normal working hours at the archives building.