Class of 1963
Inducted in 2023
Jim Vincent was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 2023.
Jim Vincent graduated from South High in 1963. During his years at South, Jim earned letters in basketball and baseball. He was a starter on the freshman football team that went undefeated in 1959. He was the co-captain of the 1963 basketball team and was selected to the First All Star basketball team in 1963.
After graduating from South, Jim attended the University of Omaha, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree, and his master’s degree. He also played all four years on the basketball team. Jim has a Doctorate from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Jim was an educator in Omaha Public Schools for 33 and a half years. The last 20 years of that career he served as Principal at Monroe Middle School. He was the primary leader of movement in OPS to change educational concepts from junior highs to middle schools. He has made presentations across the US on middle-level education, to include the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development conventions.
Jim was the recipient of the 1993 George E. Melton Award for Distinguished Service to Middle Level Education in the Omaha Public Schools for the state of Nebraska and the nation.
Jim stated that he had a wonderful experience at South, with so many excellent teachers, coaches, and role models. His experiences and relationships while at South influenced his decision for a career in education. He presently enjoys a group of former Omaha-area high school athletes from the sixties, the Legends. They meet monthly and relive their “glory days” as well as discuss sports news of the day.
Jim has been married to his wife, Coleen for 50 years. He has two sons and four grandchildren.