James White, who was head basketball coach when Charlton-Pollard merged with Beaumont High in 1975 and was head coach when BCP merged with French to become Central HS in 1986, has died at the age of 78.

White was a former All-SWAC DE for Prairie View A&M in the late 50's and was part of their national championship team in 1958.

He had 612 wins in 26 years as a head coach. BISD Athletic Director Rodney Saveat, who was on White's last CP team in 1975 commented on the loss.