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Congratulations Mr. “Tuffy” Neely
The Arkansas Activities Association recently awarded Mr. Murray “Tuffy” Neely a citiation for Region 7. The award is presented to individuals that work with high school extracurricular activities including sports. Recipients go above and beyond to improve high school activities.
Many refer to Mr. Neely as Coach Neely to this day. Neely had a successful coaching career before becoming an assistant principal. His track teams won district and state championships from 2002 through 2005. Coach Neely was an assistant and head football coach for the Cubs. He was an assistant coach for high school football and the head coach for track. He has been a member of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association for over 25 years. Mr. Neely is a valuable asset to De Queen Public Schools. He is certainly the district’s “Mr. Leopard”.
Mr. Neely graduated from De Queen High School in 1966. Neely enlisted in the United States Navy and served for two years. Following the Navy, Neely completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Henderson State University. He began his career at De Queen Public Schools during the 1970s. Mr. Neely also earned a Master’s Degree through Southern Oklahoma State University.
Mr. Neely’s father, Murray Neely Sr., served as the president of the Board of Education during his senior year of high school. Neely Sr. instilled a good work ethic in his son. Tuffy’s quote in the 1966 year book reads as, “Life is a game that must be played.”
Written and submitted by Tammy Whatley.
DE QUEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission of De Queen School District is to provide our students with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed and excel in every aspect of their lives.
De Queen School District has a long history of academic excellence and award-winning student clubs and organizations. We provide an environment for our students that offers a challenging curriculum along with a sense of responsibility. Across all six of our public schools, we employ some of the most intelligent and engaging teachers and staff, so that our students have the opportunity to achieve academic excellency.
Welcome to the De Queen School District. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I hope you will find this site user friendly and informative. At De Queen School District we hold to the following beliefs:
We believe every child has the ability to learn and meet high expectations. It is our mission to provide a safe learning environment for all children so that they may succeed.
We believe that a quality education is the foundation for building common ground in our diverse community. Education will also foster unity and understanding among various groups.
We believe our students deserve the highest quality of education and feel that this will help each student fulfill their goals and dreams.
We believe well-educated students become leaders in the community and will be able to join a globally competitive workforce.
The Vision of De Queen School District
Translating/Interpreting Services Available
Translating and interpreting are available at the district office. Monique Angeles provides these services at the district level. Other bilingual personnel are available in each school and may be contacted by calling the school offices. Questions about these services should be addressed to Ms. Tammy Whatley at 870-642-2426.