L.G. Pinkston was named after Lee Gresham Pinkston, an African American surgeon, publisher, and political activist who received awards for his outstanding achievement in medical advancement, interracial achievement, and civic affairs in 1954.

The L.G. Pinkston Class of 1969 Alumni (nonprofit organization) was founded in 1999 by Mr. Clifford Sherman, who is also an alumni. Mr. Sherman, along with his wife, Joyce Sherman, also a Pinkston alumni, provide laptops and printers to graduating seniors. The organization also provides senior fees assistance based on counselor referrals and back to school supplies on first day of school. Mr. and Mrs. Sherman have continued to provide assistance to the seniors, even during times when high school graduate to college or university rates from Pinkston are low.

The Board

Clifford Sherman: Chief Executive Officer

Joyce Washington Sherman: Chief Financial Officer


Joyce Sherman is a Retired H&R Block Senior Tax Analyst. With experience in Federal and State Income Taxes. She also retired from United Parcel Services after 35 years of working in various Departments of Accounting.

Joyce is a native of Dallas Texas, a graduate of L G Pinkston High School and studied Business Administration at DISD Jr College and Dallas Baptist University.

When not working Joyce donates her time volunteering with other organizations. She loves to travel and has had the pleasure of visiting multiple countries within two Continents where she continues to help others while traveling to areas in need.

George Castro: Member-At-Large

George Castro graduated from L. G. Pinkston High School in 1973 and attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) through the Project Upward Bound Program the summer of 1972 and 1973. He then went on to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Bishop College where he graduated the Spring of 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.

In the Fall of 1976 George started working with United Negro College Fund (UNCF) as a College Recruiter for 6 UNCF Colleges in Texas. In March of 1979 he started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company until his retirement from AT&T (formally Southwestern Bell) in August of 2017 after 38 years of service.

In 2016 George began working with the Pinkston Band Director to raise funds to help send the Band Students to the 2017 out of state Competitions in both Louisiana and Georgia as well as the “By Invitation” Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC. George assisted the Band in raising $98,000, a fete not matched by any auxiliary in Pinkston High School history.

George continues to help students at L.G. Pinkston by hosting Water Drives, School Supply Drives and Back To School Rallies. In 2021 George helped the Senior Class raise $16,000 for their Senior Activity Fees.

LaTeashia Sherman “Nikkie”: Board Secretary

NikkieLaTeashia Sherman is a Business Operations Manager / Analyst with expertise in Finance and Business Operations. In the past 20 years she has worked with International Business Machines within Asset Management and Telecommunication Industries. Some typical clients include ABM Industries, Disney, Mobile Telephone Networks and Bharti/Airtel.

LaTeashia began her career in the health industry after receiving a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1996 where she spent 2 years working in an Employee Assistance Program that provided company employee counseling services before moving into the Information Technology Industry.

LaTeashia currently lives in Texas, but she has resided in 4 other states here in the USA and she has also spent over 2 years overseas. When not working, LaTeashia enjoys traveling, reading, and volunteering with organizations like Trumpet Awards and Minis and Friends.

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