ACS Hall of Fame
On Saturday, November 3, 2018, a reception was held for a special retired educator, Mrs. Charlotte Hudgins. Dr. Christian O’Donnell, ACS Director of Fine Arts announced that Mrs. Hudgins would be the first nominee into the ACS Hall of Fame for Arts and Academics. In addition, Ardmore City Schools and the Westheimer Foundation jointly announced that the choral/dance room in the new performing arts center would be named Charlotte Hudgins Hall. Surrounded by former students, friends, colleagues and family, Mrs. Hudgins graciously accepted these honors.
Her students have referred to her as a major influence in their lives as not only their teacher, but also as a mentor, a mother, a musician and a friend. She expected the best from her students and they were more than willing to accept the challenge. In the 80’s her music program at AHS was the first recipient of the “Outstanding Fine Arts School of Oklahoma” award and she received a total of 17 State Sweepstakes trophies at State competitions.
Hired by Ardmore City Schools in 1958, her first assignment was as the vocal music teacher at Ardmore Junior High. After a short absence from Ardmore Schools in 1961, Mrs. Hudgins returned to teach 4th grade and music at Washington Elementary and in 1964 she was split between Franklin and Northwest Elementary as their music teacher.
In 1965 she returned to Ardmore Junior High as the vocal music teacher. In 1966, she took some time off as a new mom and returned to teaching in 1968. Upon her return, she was assigned as the vocal music teacher at Ardmore High School. Mrs. Hudgins continued as the vocal music teacher at AHS for the next 21 years. During those 21 years, she directed her students in many productions to include: Carousel, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Paint Your Wagon, West Side Story. Brigadoon, Music Man, Hello Dolly, Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, Guys & Dolls, Oliver, the King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, the Unsinkable Molly Brown and the Sound of Music, just to name a few.
She retired in 1989 but continued to be a consultant and then went on to be the part-time music teacher at Jefferson Elementary until 1999, where she created the “Jefferson Jazz” and an elementary piano lab.