Coach Curley McClyde Dossman, James Stephens High School
Coach Dossman graduated from James Stephens High School in 1947. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts in 1951 from Leland College and a Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s degree at Southern University in 1957 and 1969, respectively.
Mr. Dossman served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict (1951-1952). Coach Dossman taught social studies and coached football and basketball from 1953-1969 at James Stephens High School in Ville Platte, Louisiana. He served as principal of W. W. Stewart Elementary School from 1969 to 1983.
Coach Dossman’s contributions to the neighboring parishes, St. Landry Parish and Evangeline Parish, Southern University and Louisiana were numerous. He served as a member of the Board of Drug Abuse of Evangeline and St. Landry Parishes: as an elected member of the Evangeline Parish Democratic Executive Committee; Superintendent of Sunday School at St. John Baptist Church in Ville Platte for 31 years; member of Evangeline Parish Ward 1’s industrial board for 3 years; president of the Evangeline Teacher’s Association for 4 years, president of the Evangeline Parish Southern University’s Alumni Association for 3 years; member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors for 12 years; the Governor’s Special Commission on Education for 10 years; president of Evangeline Funeral Service; president of the Evangeline Parish Federal Credit Union; president of the Evangeline Parish Retired Teacher’s Association; and a member of the Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission. He was published in the Elementary School Principal Today’s Education, The Education Digest and the Journal of Negro History.