Fifth graders Tiana M. & Allen L. were honored on Monday evening at the 5th Annual Vyrle Davis Achievement Awards. The award honors the legacy of the late Vyrle Davis, a longtime Pinellas educator and administrator who joined the district in 1960. He began his career at 16th Street Elementary and Junior High, which is now John Hopkins Middle School. During his tenure, Davis served as an assistant principal at Gibbs High School and a principal at St. Petersburg High School. In 1986, Davis became the county’s first African American area superintendent. He continued to serve in that role until he retired in 1995. The award ceremony named in his honor celebrates African American students who have demonstrated academic excellence.