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Featured Alumni Profile (October 2016)
Alumnum of the Month, Mr. Cedric Smith
Lane Man Cedric Smith, a member of the Class of 1997, is our Alumnus of the Month of October. He is a native of Jackson, TN and now resides in Memphis, TN. After graduating from West High School, he joined the U.S. Army in 1988. He served a 2-year tour overseas in Augsburg, Germany and a 2 year tour at Ft. Ord, CA. After serving four years in the Army, he received an honorable discharge and joined the National Guard. Mr. Smith recently retired from the military with a total of 23 years.
After leaving active duty in 1992, Mr. Smith entered Lane College as a freshman. He maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher each semester and graduated valedictorian of his class in 1997. He held various positions in many organizations while at Lane College, but not limited to: Band President; President and Vice-President of the NAACP at Lane College Chapter; President and Vice-President of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity; President of the Student Education Association; Treasurer & Editor of the Sphinx, and President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Beta Pi Chapter. During his time, he was named Tennessee College Brother of the Year for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Since Lane College, he has earned two Masters Degrees from Christian Brothers University.
Mr. Smith taught fourth grade at Sharpe Elementary, 7th & 8th grade Language Arts at Ridgeway Middle, & 9th, 10th, & 11th grade Language Arts at Ridgeway High. He has coached middle school boys’ basketball, baseball, girls' softball and sponsored several step teams. Mr. Smith served as Assistant Principal and Principal at Ross Elementary. Currently, Mr. Smith serves as principal at Hickory Ridge Middle School in Memphis, TN. Mr. Smith also works part time as a Shelby County Deputy Sheriff.
Most recently Mr. Smith was selected to provide to the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association his thoughts on how Lane College paved the way from him and he replied "I would like to thank Lane College for preparing me to become one of the top principals in Shelby County Schools". Having the proper classes and instructors helped excel me in my career as one of the youngest principals in the district. Lane College exemplifies "The Power of Potential".
Every year for the past 10 years, he has made sure that the Hickory Ridge Middle School Marching Band has been a part of the Lane College Homecoming Parade! I take pride in knowing that Mr. Smith has sent at least 40 students to Lane College to continue their education over the last 15 years and that is powerful!
Let us salute and congratulate Lane Man Cedric Smith and wish him well at SMITHCT1@scsk12.org !