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Pontiac Northern High School
Member of the Representative Council
Pontiac School System
"That's going to be difficult because of the things we've put in place here in the state of Michigan that have worked so well," said Tarlton Small, Pontiac Northern's athletic director for the last 25 years."I know other states had things their way and it worked for them, but our way worked better than anyone else." Small, who said there weren't many freshmen or JV teams around where he grew up in North Carolina, fears the change will put such a hindrance on facilities, especially for schools without auxiliary gyms, that some freshmen and JV teams might cease to exist. "We're going to take every step we can to make sure that doesn't happen," Small said.
Tarlton Small holds his plaque of honor at the Oakland County meet. (The Oakland Press/MARVIN GOODWIN).
Tarlton Small, former athletic director at the old Pontiac Northern High School, can look back on his career and think of the long hours, challenging situations and problems confronting him during his tenure. But he can also remember the athletic prowers of the Northern boys and girls track and field teams, his associations with coaches such as Dale Kutchey, Jim Nelson and Jimmy King, and athletic director mentor Hercules Renda, as well as countless athletes over the years, and everything has been swell. "It was a great run, a great run," said Small, who was honored at last Friday's Oakland County Track and Field Championshps at Holly High School. "Life has been so good to me." Small, originally from North Carolina, was athletic director when the Northern track and field squad won an unprecedented seven straight Oakland County championships and state championships in 1990 and 1997. He was also AD when Northern won back-to-back state basketball championships in 2001-02. Kutchey helped Small with the Pontiac Northern Ninth Grade Invitational, a staple of local track and field meets for the past 27 years.
Region 11 -- Tarlton Small, Pontiac NorthernTarlton Small has been employed by the Pontiac School System for 32 years and has been the Athletic Director for Pontiac Northern High School for 19 years.He was the first African-American Athletic Director in Oakland County.Small served four years as a member of the Representative Council for the MHSAA and has worked as a manager for MHSAA state finals in both boys basketball and football.He has been the manager for the state football playoffs since 1982.In 1985, he was also responsible for computerizing the athletic department at Pontiac Northern High School.Dr. James Hawkins, Interim Superintendent of Pontiac Schools said, "Tarlton is intelligent, personable, articulate, professional and dependable.
Tarlton Small, Athletic DirectPontiac Northern, the home of the FIRST Team Huskie Brigade '01, is an urban high school in Pontiac, Michigan.Despite many challenges, and as a result of the hard work of parents, teachers, students and administrators, Northern High School has been very successful in developing a number of exciting educational and industrial partnerships that offer wonderful opportunities for our students.
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