A memorable music leader, a popular and successful educator and coach, and a longtime local journalist will be the 2020 inductees for the Jackson City School District’s Hall of Honor.

The honorees were approved and announced during the May 12 meeting of the Jackson City Board of Education following a nominating and selection process which involved two different local committees. The new class of inductees is composed of Jim Reynolds, Pete Wilson and the late Richard (Dick) Berry.

Berry made an enduring contribution to the Jackson City School District as the school district’s band director from 1989 through 2005. He made the Marching Ironmen one of the biggest and best bands in Southern Ohio, which became a major source of pride for both the school district and the greater community and established a standard of excellence which his successor band directors have strived to match. Even after retirement and relocating to the Columbus area, he kept his close ties with Jackson and his former colleagues and students. He died at the age of 71 on Sept. 19, 2019, as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile crash.

Hometown product Jim Reynolds, a graduate of the Jackson High School (JHS) Class of 1966 where he was an outstanding student/athlete, made a great impact at his alma mater as a teacher, administrator and coach. Much of his 48-year career in education came at JHS where he served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, secondary supervisor and athletic director. However, he is likely best remembered for his very successful record as the head football coach during two different stints. At the time he left coaching, he had accumulated the most wins for head football coach in the school’s long and illustrious history. His 1996 team advanced to the Division II Regional Finals in the playoffs and he was named the Division II Ohio Coach of the Year that same season. Reynolds still resides in Jackson.

While he has not been employed by the Jackson City Schools, Wilson had a figurative front-row seat for many of the happenings at the schools and in the overall community in his longtime service in local media, which spans a total of 47 years, most of them in Jackson. He has served as an editor, sports editor and reporter at several different Jackson-based newspapers and has also worked for local radio stations since 2000 as a news director and sports broadcaster for JHS sports teams. As an employee of Total Media, he is currently the editor of The Telegram, which during his tenure has won numerous awards from the Ohio News Media Association, including being a five-time winner of the top overall award, which is now called the Newspaper of the Year.

Normally, the Hall of Honor induction ceremony is conducted as part of the annual Jackson High School Alumni Association Program, but the event, which had been scheduled for May 23, was canceled due to the Stay-at-Home Order. A rescheduled date for the ceremony has yet to be determined or announced.