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Posted January 12, 2012

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Jackson MS Names Gym in Honor of Longtime PE Teacher

PE teacher Prentis Jones prepares to cut the ribbon at Jackson's gym

Veteran PE teacher and coach Prentis Jones now has two APS facilities named for him. Jackson Middle School held a brief ceremony to dedicate the Prentis Jones Gymnasium prior to a girls’ basketball game Jan. 11. 

Jones has been teaching for APS for 39 years, most of them at Jackson. In addition, he has been the track coach at Rio Grande High School for that same time period, leading many young athletes to new heights, including Olympic competitor Sheila Burrell. The track at RGHS also is named in his honor. 

The coach is a Tennessee native and a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He taught and coached track in Gallup for two years before joining APS.

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