The James Logan High School Speech and Debate (“Forensics”) team was founded by Tommie Lindsey Jr. in 1989. Since then, Mr. Lindsey has become one of the top coaches in the nation. The James Logan High School Forensics program has been recognized by Oprah, Jim Lehrer, and CBS 5 News for its excellence.
Despite private and prominent public schools’ success in the activity, James Logan has put the diverse community of Union City on the national map for forensics competition excellence. JamesLogan has consecutively won the School of Excellence Award for 18 years straight since its inception into the National Forensics League (NFL).
In addition to participating in national competition, the James Logan team attends league-level tournaments and the state tournament. Also, the team hosts a tournament every year during the M.L.K. Jr. holiday.
While Mr. Lindsey has coached a team for 29 years, his true talent is in education. As a teacher since the 1970s, he has taught at various institutions, with the goal of aiding those who are underrepresented. Mr. Lindsey has built his program around a mantra for his students to be a “voice for the voiceless” and “to have service above self.”