Bert Jenkins

Bert JenkinsBorn: November 29, 1924
Died: September 24, 2015
Hometown: Gulfport, MS
Year of Induction: 1999

High School

• Lettered in football and basketball at Starkville High



• Graduated from USM (English) in 1947

• Masters from Alabama in 1949

• Did not play sports in college because of wound suffered in World War II Battle of the Bulge


Coaching career

• Spent 11 years as a junior high coach before getting head basketball coaching job at Gulfport High.

• In 28 years as coach at Gulfport, his teams won seven state championships, 13 Big Eight titles.

• His Gulfport teams won 866 games and lost only 180, a winning percentage of 82.8 percent.

• His teams enjoyed three 40-win seasons, 18 30-win seasons, and 25 20-win seasons.

• National High School Coach of the Year in 1965,1970, 1976 and 1989.

• Inducted into Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame in 1981.


Did You Know?

During the Battle of the Bulge in World War II Jenkins was sounded and capted by the German army on Jan. 5, 1945 and lost a leg as a result of his injuries. . . . He taught English five periods a day his entire coaching career.