Legacy Awards

Perry High School Alumni Association Legacy Awards

During the 2016 Honor Roll Celebration the Association unveiled a special “Legacy Award” perpetual plaque to recognize those who have made a special, significant contribution to the Perry High School tradition.

Legacy Award Plaque

2016 – Happy 50th, “Maroon Man” 1966-2016

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The inaugural award celebrated the 50th anniversary of the “PHS Maroon Man.” Harold Price, 1965-66 Student Council President, and Paul Ley, 1966 class member, provided their recollections of the birth of the “Maroon Man” and accepted the award on behalf of all who contributed. Many alumni from the class of 1966 were in attendance to celebrate their 50th reunion.

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Maroon Man

Recollections of Harold Price.

My memory is that Perry High School students and staff were preparing to move in to the new high school in the process of being built. The student council decided that the school needed a visual representative (mascot) for the name, Perry Maroons.

Phillip Bartlett, Paul Ley and I were sitting around playing with the idea. We came up with two ideas, a pirate and a person who represented all of the academic and extra-curricular aspects of the school. Phillip drew an incredible pirate. Paul and I drew our concept of the all-around student.

We submitted both to a committee of students, teachers and administration. Much to our surprise the committee picked the all-around student to be our mascot. The three of us really favored the pirate but, apparently there were other pirate mascots in the state.

Paul and my sketches of the all-around student were a bit rough. I was working with the Balfour representive to pick the 1966 senior ring and showed him our sketch. He took it and gave it to a Balfour artist who created a 11 × 14 final rendering. That rendering became our official mascot in 1966. We called it, “The Maroon.”

2018 – Dr. Charles E. Martin

The Legacy Award for 2018 was presented to the family of the late Dr. Charles E. Martin. He graduated from Stillwater High School (1941), and from Oklahoma A&M College (1946), and completed his M.D. at OU (1948). He was committed to the education of Perry youth and was a member of the Perry Public Schools board of education 1959-74, serving two terms as president. He advocated for construction of the current Perry High School building. Dr. Martin was an active supporter of Perry Carnegie Library, serving on the board 1992-2002.

Dr. Martin was a devoted physician whose interest in treating illness and promoting good health lasted through his long career and retirement. He practiced in Perry from 1952 until his retirement in 2001. He was especially devoted to his obstetrical patients and enjoyed taking care of moms and babies. He delivered about 2,000 babies.

While serving his medical internship in 1948-49 at the University of Wisconsin, he met his future wife, Marjorie Billmeier. Soon after the Korean War began in 1950, Dr. Martin re-enlisted in the Army and became a battalion surgeon. He served in Korea for 10 months, treating wounded soldiers near the front lines and received the Bronze Star for “meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy in Korea.” After his Army service, he and Marjorie decided to move back to Oklahoma and chose Perry to begin his family practice.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America as a boy and as an adult. In 1937, he attended the first Boy Scout Jamboree, held in Washington, D.C. From 1953 — 2000, Dr. Martin was active on the adult level. In 1963, he was the recipient of the Silver Beaver award, the top award given by the Will Rogers Council of the Boy Scouts.

Dr. Martin participated in many facets of community life that included: Perry Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Noble County Board of Health, Noble County Genealogy Society, Cherokee Strip Historical Society, American Legion Ellis-Jirous Post 53, Stagecoach Community Theatre, board director of First Bank and Trust 1959-89 and in 2007, he and his wife were parade marshals at the Cherokee Strip parade. After he retired, he could be found most days reading newspapers at the library, as well as talking with friends and checking out books. In 2010, the Perry Carnegie Library Reading Garden was dedicated to Charles and Marjorie.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and their four children: Mary Ann (Gordon) Matzke, Kay (Tom) McCarthy, David (Julia Karlak) Martin and Ken (Mary) Martin.