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Ennis H. Proctor, Jr. photo
Ennis H. Proctor, Jr.
Hometown: Milledgeville, GA
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Known by all as “Dr. Proctor,” Coach Ennis Proctor was a championship football and baseball coach at Titusville, Florida, Raymond High, and Wingfield High before becoming the longtime famed director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. A native of Milledgeville, Georgia, Ennis was a member of a state championship football team at Miami Senior in Miami, Florida, where he graduated in 1959. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps where he received the highest proficiency rating in advanced combat training, he earned his college degree at Mississippi College where he was on the football and track teams and later achieved another degree at Mississippi State. Coach Proctor’s career began in 1965 and would last for 13 years before serving as athletic director, assistant principal, principal, and executive director at the MHSAA for the next 19 years. Starting as head football coach at Titusville High in Titusville, Florida, he led his gridiron squad to two conference titles. He arrived at Raymond High in 1967 where he coached football, track, and baseball. Ennis led the Rangers track team to three consecutive conference championships in 1967, 1968, and 1969 and the football conference crown in 1967. After three seasons, he left for Wingfield High in Jackson where he coached the baseball team to two sub district titles and a district championship in 1977. He led his football teams to a record of 53 wins, 45 losses, and 1 tie out of 98 games and his baseball squads recorded 79 wins with 23 losses out of 102 games coached. Coach Proctor joined the school administration as assistant principal and principal from 1977 to 1991 when he was called to serve as Executive Director of the MHSAA. When Ennis took over the organization in 1991, the MHSAA was strapped for cash with only $100,000 in the bank and sponsoring 9 sports. During his tenure with the MHSAA, the organization grew to backing 15 sports and a budget in excess of $2 million dollars. The prestige of the MHSAA under Dr. Proctor grew to one of the finest high school organizations in the nation. During his coaching and administrative career, Coach Proctor received numerous accolades including football coach of the year by the Magnolia Conference, baseball coach of the year by the Clarion Ledger, outstanding school administrator by the Danforth Foundation, “Doer” Award by the Jackson Daily News, and service awards from the Leavell Woods Youth Association and Raymond High. A longtime MAC member, Ennis served as a member of the board of directors and was also a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals. In addition to induction by the MAC, Coach Proctor was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and the National Federation of High Schools Hall of Fame in 2016.