Jerry Smith Washington – Class of 1969

Jerry was born in Mississippi where he lived for a short period of time before moving to Dayton, where he resides today.

During Jerry’s four years at Stivers, his achievements in sports were many. He played football, basketball, and ran track all four years for the Tigers. In football, he played both offense and defense, and was one of four co-captains his senior year.

Jerry was named to the All-City First Team, All Greater Dayton Second Team, and All-Southwestern Ohio First Team as a defensive back. For the Tiger basketball team, Jerry served as co-captain his senior year and was named by the coaches to the All-Public League Special Mention Team.

Jerry ran track all four years competing in nine different events. Jerry says his most memorable game was when he caught two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter in a comes-from-behind win over Wilber Wright. He says he will never forget those days at Stivers.

As if sports and classes were not enough, Jerry had time to serve on the student council, was treasurer his sophomore year, and class vice-president his junior year. He also sang in the choir all four years. After graduating from Stivers, Jerry attended Sinclair Community College where he played basketball and received the Coaches Award.

He graduated from Sinclair in 1972 and went to work at St. Joseph Child Treatment Center. After a few years, Jerry went back to school at Wilmington College where he earned a B.S. in Political Science in 1992.

Jerry is now employed by Sinclair Community College as a security officer. Shortly after high school, Jerry married his neighbor-girl friend, Patricia.

They had a son, Jerry Lee; a daughter, Jackelyn; and a step-daughter, Jervia. Jerry lost his wife in 1986 and has never remarried.

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