POLK COUNTY, FL — A 95-year-old Polk County native acquired an honor Wednesday for main by constructive instance to college students at Union Academy throughout his years of a math instructor and observe coach, a Polk County Public Faculties information launch mentioned.
Jordan Jerome “J.J.” Corbett wrote his identify into historical past a long time in the past as one of many U.S. Military’s first Black paratroopers throughout World Conflict II. Following his navy service, he returned house and taught at his alma mater, Union Academy.
The Polk County Faculty Board formally named Union Academy’s media heart after Corbett on Wednesday.
“Mr. Corbett has invested his total life into making the world a greater place,” Superintendent Frederick Heid, throughout Wednesday’s ceremony. “His selfless devotion to caring for his neighborhood — specifically making a constructive influence on the youth of Polk County — continues to encourage us to turn out to be higher residents, educators and public servants.”
Corbett transferred to Bartow Excessive Faculty following the desegregation of colleges, and taught math and coached sports activities. Corbett served 12 years as a Polk County Faculty Board member.
The varsity board unanimously authorised the dedication of Union Academy’s media heart in January, the information launch mentioned.
“I hope I’ve lived the type of life that this honor may very well be in my identify,” Corbett mentioned. “And I hope that I will be capable to signify you in any manner that I can. God bless you.”