• History of Coleman High School

    Viola M. Coleman High School began in March 1987, as a Midland Alternative School with one teacher, two teacher aides and 20 students. It was funded through the Private Industry Council and the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPS), the Abell-Hanger Foundation, and the Midland Independent School District. Located in Dellwood Mall, students were enrolled in a GED preparatory program that was computer based. As students completed the program, they were referred to Midland College for the GED test.

    In August of 1989, the enrollment had grown to more than 90 students being served in three classrooms. With the same teacher and two teacher aides, new space was located in Starline Plaza that expanded the facility to 3,000 square feet. During that year, courses for credit toward high school graduation were added which included a vocational component. A Social Studies/English instructor and a Math/Science instructor were added to the staff along with a counselor. During the Spring semester, fourteen students completed requirements for graduation and received diplomas at the May commencement ceremonies.

    The enrollment continued to increase over the next two years as did the course offerings. The successful bond election of 1991 provided for the building of a facility to house the Midland Alternative School. Students formed a committee to review essays to name the school. In January, 1992, the name Viola M. Coleman was selected by the school board. The Midland Alternative School officially became Viola M. Coleman High School.

    The Knight was selected as the mascot. Delton Lunceford, a senior student at CHS, drew the mascot which was adopted by the school board. In his presentation, Delton explained that the Knight was a symbol of power, strength and courage to overcome obstacles. As a defender, a champion, a zealous upholder of a cause or principle, the Knight serves as a reminder to students that it is not impossible to find the courage and strength to overcome any obstacle in order to achieve success.

    The school colors of red and black were selected by students. Red is the color of courage - courage to overcome all that hinders success. Black represents the obstacles that students have encountered in school. The combination stands as a challenge to find the courage to overcome the obstacles and achieve success.

    The motto, "You can be anything you want to be; do anything you want to do, if you are willing to pay the price of success," is a quote from Dr. Viola M. Coleman. During "An Evening with Dr. Viola M. Coleman," she challenged students to find within themselves the courage to set goals and work toward achieving them.