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Dr. Thomas Lee Adams, Jr. 

Graduate of 1956 Class of Wilson High School

BS Philosophy degree from SC State University

MA Ed Admin & PhD in Higher Ed Admin from University of Pittsburgh


Served as Vice President and President of the student body at Wilson

Played basketball, baseball and football at Wilson

Played football on US Army 25th Infantry division team & participated in Coconut Bowl

First African-American to be recruited by the University of Cincinnati, where he played for one season before tranfserring to SC State

First Team All Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference running back at South Carolina State College in 1960 & the team's high scorer

Lettered three years at SC State where he played football & baseball

One of the first African-Americans to officiate a nationally televised NFL game on a major network (CBS)

Maintained at least a 3.0 GPA throughout high school and college, and graduated Cum Laude in 1962

Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant & retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel, US Army

Teacher and coach at Brewer High School in Greenwood 1962-1963