1952-1953 state champion athletes
The 1952-1953 state champion athletes on TMI’s varsity basketball, football, golf, swimming, tennis, rifle teams won an unprecedented and unequaled total of six state championships during a single school year. All were honored at the 2015 Homecoming Luncheon, where they were represented by William W. Bondurant ’54, who played baseball and basketball; Joseph B. Dial ’54, baseball, football and basketball; and Pinckney Franklin Steed ’53, basketball.
Cheyenne Mangold ’10
Cheyenne Mangold ’10 won first-place medals in both cross-country and track at district and state championship meets and was named to all-district and all-state honor teams in soccer while at TMI. She also played soccer and ran track as a student at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., where she was twice voted player of the week for soccer and received conference honors for track. Cheyenne was elected captain of the track team as a junior and was named Presidents Athletic Conference MVP for track and won the high-point award in the conference championship. She qualified to compete in the NCAA Track and Field Championships, placing third in the 400m hurdles and fifth in the 400m dash, making her a two-time All American. At the same time, she made the conference’s honor roll and her college dean’s list. Cheyenne is a medical student at the Texas Tech Health Science Center. She has served as Vice President of Operations for the Health Science Center Student Government Association and has worked on research projects that culminated in submission of two papers for publication. She expects to graduate with dual M.D./M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) degrees in 2018 and plans to enter an orthopedic residency. She was inducted at the 2015 Homecoming Luncheon.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, class of 1897
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, class of 1897, began his leadership career as a student at West Texas Military Academy (later TMI). During his senior year, Cadet Sgt. MacArthur was captain and quarterback of the football team, shortstop on the baseball team and captain of the tennis team. At the same time, he earned a GPA of 97.33. He was known for his sportsmanship as well as his fighting spirit on the athletic and drill fields and in the classroom. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, MacArthur went on to become the youngest Chief of Staff in Army history, was commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific during World War II, oversaw the rebuilding of postwar Japan and was one of only nine officers ever to hold five-star rank. He was inducted posthumously at the 2015 Homecoming Luncheon.
James Calvert ’41
James Calvert ’41 was a captain in the TMI Corps of Cadets, captain of the rifle team and voted Best Marksman by his classmates. He was valedictorian and achieved the highest GPA in his class. Accepted to Princeton, he left to fight in World War II. For his service as a pilot in the Pacific Theater, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. After the war, he completed his bachelor’s degree at Princeton and went on to earn an MBA at Harvard Business School. He returned to San Antonio for a 38-year career with Joske’s department stores and Allied Stores. On the civic side, he is a former board member, president and chairman of the San Antonio Symphony and was an active supporter of the American Cancer Society. He was inducted into the TMI Hall of Fame during the 2015 Veterans Day Pass in Review.
Mary Kennedy, science teacher (1991-2006)
Mary Kennedy, former TMI science teacher and Science Department chair (1991-2006), taught Biology, Environmental Science, Aquatic Biology, Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics and Life Science. She led annual field trips to the University of Texas Marine Science Center in Port Aransas each year and conducted a field study of monarch butterflies at Garner State Park in Concan. Mrs. Kennedy involved TMI students in original research on a rare Hill Country plant, and a student team later earned Texas State Science Fair recognition for excellence in scientific research. Other students who studied monarch ecology went on to present their research at local, state, national and international science fairs. After retirement, Mrs. Kennedy has continued to teach ecology to other citizen scientists at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne and throughout the state. She trains other Master Naturalists to monitor monarchs and has served as Education Chair for the Bexar Audubon Society and teaches Project WILD workshops for teachers as a volunteer for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. She received her Distinguished Servant Leader Award at the Homecoming Luncheon 2015.
TMI Hall of Fame
Established in 2015, the TMI Hall of Fame is an honorary society recognizing the exceptional contributions of outstanding alumni, with Distinguished Servant Leader awards for former faculty, staff and friends of the school. Inductees are recognized for exemplifying one or more of the TMI Core Values: Wisdom, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Reverence.
Nominees must have:
- Graduated from or left TMI at least five years prior to nomination.
- Demonstrated excellence in award-related skills and accomplishments, including recognition by athletic conference and/or other external bodies
- Demonstrated sportsmanship (Athletics), integrity, courage and character
- Demonstrated achievement as a member of the TMI community and after
- Teachers, administrators and coaches must be no longer active at TMI
- Former students who did not graduate from TMI are eligible.
- Friends of the school whose contributions have had a major impact on programs at TMI may be considered.
Presentation of Awards
Inductees are honored at Homecoming. If their schedules require, they may be inducted at another TMI event during the school year.
Honorees’ names are inscribed on Hall of Fame plaques displayed in Ayres Hall and Frost Athletic Center.