BHS Alumni and Friends Foundation Introduces 2013 Hall of Fame Class
By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 17, 2013
John Cecil Murphy was born to Cecil and Evelyn Murphy on May 12, 1929 in New Martinsville, WV. His family moved to Bridgeport when he entered the seventh grade. While a student at Bridgeport High, John excelled in football, basketball and baseball, graduating with the Class of 1947. He was highly recruited and even received an in-home visit from Paul "Bear" Bryant, head coach at the University of Kentucky. He chose to attend WVU on a Benedum Scholarship and graduated in with a degree in physical education. He was a member of the 1949 Sun Bowl football team and of the university's ROTC unit.
The company headquarters in Bridgeport provides pipeline and trucking services to natural gas producers. A facility in Clintwood, VA, operates a fleet of vacuum tanker trucks that haul oil and brine water in southwestern Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
John and Marcia and Mar Don, Inc. have supported numerous community programs, sports, theater, the BHS turf and track projects, Eagle Scouts, Young Life, Teen Challenge and the BHS Alumni and Friends Foundation.
Lindy Bennett graduated from Washington Irving High School, Fairmont State College, and WVU. He and his wife Judy reside in Quiet Dell. They have two children, Darren and Lori, three grandchildren, and one granddog.
Bennett was hired by Harrison County Schools in 1968. His first teaching position was at Norwood Junior High School. He was assigned to teach Industrial Arts and coach football, basketball and track.
In 1971, he was hired as assistant principal of Roosevelt-Wilson High School and became principal two years later. His administrative tenure there lasted for a total of 14 years.
In 1985, he was hired as principal of Bridgeport High School. In 2001 he was named the West Virginia Student Council Principal of the Year. During his 21-year tenure, BHS was selected for the Exemplary School Award by the West Virginia Department of Education for six consecutive years. BHS was the only high school in the state to earn that award all six years it was presented.
In 2006, Bennett was hired as Administrative Assistant for Harrison County Schools in charge of high schools and middle schools. In 2008, he became Assistant Superintendent of Harrison County Schools. He retired in June 2011, with a total of 43 years of service. He enjoyed working with students, staff and community and supported their efforts and activities throughout his career.
Julia Jarvis was born in Clarksburg on November 8, 1916, the daughter of Charles G. and Alma Haymaker Coffman. She was a distinguished educator in Harrison County from 1951 to 1978. She loved teaching, always providing a stimulating education to her students, who have expressed their gratitude for her hard work and dedication towards their education.