Paris High School honors three alumni

PARIS, TX -- Before Homecoming could kick off for Paris High School, three new members joined the school's Distinguished Graduates Friday.

Inventor and Scientist, Doctor James Baird, Award-winning Composer, Blake Neely, and former Major League Baseball player and General Manager, Eddie Robinson were the school's second class to receive the award.

Baird, class of 1948, holds over 75 patents including the first patent for the light emitting diode (LED), Shottky clamp logic circuits and MOS read only memory.

Neely, class of 1987, was unable to make the ceremony due to work, but is known for his work on the Pirates of the Caribbean films, King Kong, The Last Samurai and short series' Pan Am and The Pacific.

Robinson, class of 1938, was a member of the 1948 World Series Champion Cleveland Indians, the last time the Indians won the World Series. He was also a four-time all-star.

"I was very delighted, I didn't know there was such an honor and to have it bestowed on me was a real plus," said Robinson.

"It's a great honor. I'm proud of the education I got here in Paris, its served me well," said Baird.

The three new Distinguished Graduates joined last years awardees Raymond Berry, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Deon Minor, Gene Stallings and Admiral James O. Richardson.

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