Jackie ‘Tex’ Rollins
Rollins began his educational journey under the tutelage of Mrs. Shirley Durkee-Logan, his history teacher at Burnett High School in Terrell, Texas. She directed him to ECU (then called East Central State College) where he earned his bachelor’s degree and was a member of the Tiger football team.
Upon returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam, Rollins taught at Byng and received his master’s degree from ECU. While working on a degree in administration at Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma), he was offered a teaching and coaching position at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City. He continues to teach there and serves as head track coach and as an assistant football coach for the Titans.
Rollins serves on the Mid-Del School District’s negotiating team and is retired from the Oklahoma National Guard and from officiating high school and college football.
During the ceremony, he reflected on his time when he first came to ECU and attended a swimming class. He and his fellow students were told by their instructor Billie Floyd to go to the deep end of the pool if they knew how to swim and go to the shallow end if they couldn’t. Though Rollins could not swim, he opted to go the deep end anyway which led to him sinking quickly to the bottom of the pool. Before he knew it, Floyd was there with a pole for him to grab on to and Rollins was pulled to safety. Hence, he learned to be truthful from then on.