The Washington Court House City Schools held their annual Academic Hall of Fame Monday evening where two graduates were honored and inducted into the Hall.
This year, WCHCS inducted Howard W. McDonald and Justice Michael Randolph. McDonald, a 1947 graduate of Washington Senior High, was inducted posthumously.
McDonald earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration at the University of Notre Dame in 1951. Upon his college graduation, McDonald joined the United States Army and served during the Korean War.
In 1956, McDonald returned home and began working with his father in the grain and feed industry. When the business expanded in 1964, McDonald and his father and brother constructed a new elevator at the current Hagler Station. Due to the tireless efforts of McDonald and his son Jim, McDonald & Son, Inc. continues to be a cornerstone of the agriculture community.
In addition to the feed and grain business, McDonald gave selflessly of his time, serving on various boards in the Fayette County community, including the American Red Cross.
McDonald’s granddaughters, Kelli and Maria McDonald, accepted the award on behalf of their grandfather.
Randolph, a 1964 graduate of Washington Senior High, served in the Vietnam War as an air traffic controller in the United States Army’s 1st Infantry Division, Big Red One, and was decorated for heroism. Following his honorable discharge in 1967, Randolph earned his bachelors of science Degree in business administration in 1972 from Rollins College in Florida, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1974. During his time in law school, Randolph was appointed as a reserve officer in the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps and is a graduate of the Naval Justice School.
Randolph began practicing law in Biloxi, Miss. in 1975 before moving to Hattiesburg, Miss. where he created the law firm of Bryan Nelson Randolph, PA, where he served as president and CEO until he was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Randolph was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the National Coal Council.
In addition to serving as the Presiding Justice of the State of Mississippi Supreme Court, Randolph has graciously served the community, including his efforts on the boards of directors for William Carey College, the Boys and Girls Club of Hattiesburg, the Hattiesburg Girl’s Shelter, and advisory board of the Hattiesburg Salvation Army.
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