Coach John “D” Dickerson, Sr.
Coach John “D” Dickerson, Sr., builder of character and molder of champions was born in Iberville Parish on March 3, 1936. Educated in the Iberville Parish Public Schools and graduated from Leland College in 1959.
He began his teaching and coaching career in the 1959 – 1960 school year in Iberville Parish. He began teaching at Upper Maringouin Elementary School in Maringouin, Louisiana and coaching at T. A. Levy High School in Rosedale, Louisiana.
He was an assistant coach in football and head track coach. He had to establish a track team from scratch. Fortunately, he was blessed with talent with no experience. He had the task of teaching and re-teaching until the athletes could execute the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. With his knowledge and experience, Coach Dickerson continued to perfect the athletes in the categories of competition. His hard work, determination, and dedication paid off, in 1960, he and his team won their first district meet. In fact, they won the first 14 districts before they lost one.
In 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969, his team specialized in either winning the Sprint Medley Relay or finishing as bronze medal winners.
In 1964, the team won their first relay trophies in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 Relay. The team defeated the mighty Cypress Grove High School of Lutcher, Louisiana.
In 1965, the T. A. Levy Track Team won their first Zone Championship and their first Mile Relay. In one of the best races of the meet, T. A. Levy made an impactful impression by outperforming the mighty Princeton High School, who had ” The Twins.” They set state records at Southern University and A & M College, we ran 3:25. They continued to win the Mile Relay from 1964 – 1969. In 1968, they were Zone Runner-Up Champion.
In 1969, they finished tied for First Place with Webster High School.
T. A. Levy HS Track and Field Team was the team to put fear in the hearts of McKinley High School, Capitol High School, W. 0. Boston High School, Peabody High School, J.S. . Clark High School (Opelousas) and others. T. A. Levy High School Track and Field Team still holds the state record in the 200yard dash on Southern University and A & M College straight away with a time of 22:5.
Some of the athletes who made known throughout the state are:
Thomas A. Levy High School
Gene Blanchard Grant Clark Horace Crump
MacArthur Scott Burnett Oliver Charley Lemar
Joe Henry Washington Willie Edwards Charley Carroll, Jr.
Henry Perkins Robert Wesley William “June” Harrison
Clyde Perkins Roderick Scott Maxie Gray
Charles E. Philson Willie Green, Jr. Wilbert Walls
Roy Batiste Jerome Edwards Clint Scott
Frank Davis Wilbert Carroll Willie Edwards
Alvin Brown Lionel Walls Freddie Brown
Russell Hill Larry Smith Samuel Robertson
Donald Ray Trusclair Jessie Thymes Donald R. Thymes
Ernest “June” Woolfolk Jeffery Wesley Elton Anderson