Jimmy L. Boyd has shown a versatility and mental toughness toward sports since grade school. He turned a rejection from the Pop Warner Leagues because of his race into a positive motivating philosophy of life: "In spite of barriers, I can succeed."
Boyd carried his 5'8" frame and 157 pounds into Anderson High School during the mid-sixties and became an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track. The baseball bug also hit him at an early age when Manager, Charles Rice of a local semi-pro team appointed him bat boy. Boyd became skilled enough to play summer baseball to keep in shape for his interscholastic competition.
The little scat back became famous throughout the Negro Western 3-A NCHSAC because of his game-breaking runs of 50, 60 and 70 yards at any given moment. He played flanker in some of Coach Baxter Holman's schemes and was just as dangerous as he pulled in 60-75 yard winners. Once he muffed a kick-off on the three yard line, picked it up and ran unscathed up the middle for a Bulldog victory.
The Bulldogs captured two North Carolina High School Western Championships after Boyd made the team in his junior year. In the meantime, as Coach Virgil Simpson watched the football team prosper each year with Boyd playing a vital and starring role, he was anxious that his point guard would avoid injury. Boyd played the point and directed Anderson to the Western 3-A Division Title in his senior year. He was a consistent standout playing with such stars as Davis, McCorkl,e, Oliver and Morrison, Samuels, Foster, Simpson and Hanes.
Boyd showed the athletic community why he was "easy greasy" in football and basketball when the track season cranked up every spring. He specialized in the 100 and 200 yard dashes and there is no documentation that he lost in a dual meet during his track career. It is documented that he ran the 100 yard dash in 10 flat frequently and his opposition' pushed him to a 9.8 on occasion.
This versatile athlete was chosen to several city/county all-star teams in track and football. He was also chosen as a member
of the Western3-A All-Star Team as a running back and flanker.
Boyd says athletics have taught him self-discipline, pride, dignity and self-motivation. He grasped the concept
of positive leadership that has helped him professionally and personally.