VOL. 2, NO. 4
THE VOICE OF WILKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Wilkesboro, North Carolina
NOV. 11, 1968
s. G. A. GETS POWER
All About Doc Thompson
Dr. H.E, Thompson was educa
ted at various colleges and
universities through the eastern
United States. He entered Penn
State University on September of
‘34. Here he held end position
and was co-captain on the un
defeated freshmen football team.
Dr. Thompson’s next step was
Springfield College, Mass.in
February 1935. There he decided
to go into the teaching and coach
ing profession. Dr. Thompson
was a member of the varsity foot
ball team, indoor track team,
and gymnastics team. During his
junior and senior years he coach
ed the freshman track team. Upon
graduation, June 1938, Dr.
Thompson returned that fall and
worked to finish his masters de
gree. He also served as freshman
In September, 1939, he took
over as Director of Athletics at
Cedarville College, Ohio. He
worked there for two years.
SERVICE IN NAVY
In 1941, Dr. Thompson enter
ed the U.S. Navy and was sent
to Chapel Hill pre-flight school
in 1943. He went overseas and
stayed for two and one-half years.
While he was there, he was sta
tioned in the Southwest Pacific
where he was with the Submarine
After receiving the rank of
Commander and getting his
honorable discharge in 1946, Dr.
Thompson traveled to Platts
burgh, New York to become head
of the Physical Education Depart
ment and also Athletic Director
for the city schools. While em
ployed at Plattsburgh for four
years. Dr. Thompson had two
championship football teams, one
which was undefeated, four
championship track teams, of
which three were undefeated, and
two basketball championships.
In 1950 Dr. Thompson entered
the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
to work toward his Doctorate. On
completing his work there, he
traveled to Missouri State Teach
ers College. While at the college,
which is now a university. Dr.
Thompson was very active. Here
he held the post of Athletic De
partment Head and Professor.
There he stayed only a short
RETURN TO N.C.
Dr. Thompson then returned to
North Carolina where he was
Due to a question which arose
over the power of the Student
Government Association to reg
ulate the activities of the stu
dent body at Wilkes Community
College, the SGA meet with Dr.
Thompson to work out these prob
lems. This meeting, held October
28, was very productive to the
extent that the SGA, faculty and
student body now know where they
The SGA now has the power
to grant charters to clubs and
organizations, regulate the bud
gets of chartered clubs and or
ganizations, and to allot money
from the Student Activities Fund.
Also granted to the SGA was
appointed to the Principalship of
Wilkes Central High School in
North Wilkesboro. Here Dr.
Thompson stayed until 1962.
While there he established and
brought a little country school to
the status and position that all
alumni could be proud of. Al
though called “Warden* by many
of the students, he was greatly
missed when called elsewhere.
After leaving Wilkes Central
High, “Doc* took the position of
Superintendent of County Schools
in Chapel Hill from 1962 to 1965.
Dr. H.E. Thompson was then
offered the position of president
of the newly formedWilkes Com
munity College in Wilkesboro
where he is at the present time.
This brings up to date on
his education and positions of
different academic organiza
Dr. Thompson is a man we can
be proud of. He is listed in three
major educational books which
are WHO’S WHO IN THE SOUTH
AND SOUTHWEST, WHO’S WHO
IN AMERICAN EDUCATION, and
NORTH CAROLINA LIVES. Dr.
Thompson is also a member of
many civic and educational or
ganizations. He is a past post
Commander of V.F.W. posts in
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the authority to write a “Bill
of Rights for Students* and to
revise the student constitution
which has never been ratified.
Most important is the fact
that the SGA is to act as liason
between faculty and students; the
SGA, will be the “hub of the
wheel* of Wilkes Community Col
All sports activities, includ
ing the selection and number of
cheerleaders, will lie outside
the power of the SGA.
The SGA will hold court to de
cide all violations of rules and to
administer justice to those who
act in a way that will bring dis
credit and dishonor to the school.
Another important function of
the SGA is to act as Dr. Thomp
son's personal envoy on social
occasions when the need ar
The “Cougar Cry* believes
that these clarifications of the
role of the SGA is a major step
toward the goal of a friendly
relationship between student,fac
ulty, administration, and staff.
We would like to express our
greatest thanks to Dr. Thompson,
who canceled the trip to Atlanta
to attend this meeting, and to the
Student Government Association
for their efforts to make Wilkes
Community College a better in
stitution of learning.
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