Cameron High Honors Past Administrators

Past and present Marshall County educators gathered in Cameron Friday to honor the legacy of a former administrator.

During a ceremony at Cameron High School, current and former board members, along with Cameron Principal Jack Cain, Superintendent Michael Hince and other district staff, named the school’s auditorium in honor of Wayne Simms, a former assistant superintendent who played a significant role in the school’s construction. A plaque bearing Simms’ name was unveiled, renaming the facility as the Wayne Simms Auditorium and including the William Shakespeare quote, “All the world’s a stage and one man in his time plays many parts.”

“We wanted to to recognize everything he has done for our school and community,” Cain said. “Wayne was a wonderful man and he helped us out in any way he could. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have this auditorium to begin with. He made sure it could hold the whole student body and added a lot of extras, like a top-of-the-line sound system and lighting.”

Prior to his death in 2015, Simms served as assistant superintendent in the district for 10 years. He began his career with Marshall County Schools in 1970 as a teacher and later an administrator in Cameron.

Simms’ wife, Kathy, and son, Justin, were also present at the ceremony. Kathy Simms said her husband was very active in the planning and construction of Cameron High School, spending much of his time at the facility during its early stages.

“He lived this building from the time they were just planning on building a fieldhouse. Eventually, someone from the school (building) authority came out to look at Cameron High and said why don’t you just ask for a new school,” Kathy Simms said. “I’m thrilled they wanted to remember him in this way. I know how hard he worked.”

Hince said Simms was a crucial part of the community up until his death.

“He was important to the building and he was important to Cameron,” Hince said. “He was very involved until he passed away suddenly and this is a great way for everyone to remember how important he was to this community. He was a good man. I worked under him and I never remember him getting angry or raising his voice. He always gave all the assistance he could.”