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Cimarron Starlite Cruisers:


I want to thank the Cimarron Starlite Cruisers Car Club for their continued efforts to support our school district.  The annual car show has many positive effects on the school and community.  The relationship between the car club and the school has a common theme.  We all want our students/children to succeed in whatever path they choose. 


The proceeds from the car show provide two scholarships in memory of Ditz McIlvain.  The car club has also offered the senior class parents the opportunity to raise money at the car show by providing concessions.  This activity brings people together at the high school site and gives them the chance to see many showroom quality cars and to see the quality facility that Perkins-Tryon has for its students. 


I hope we continue this activity for many years; it has a quality that brings good people together that share an enthusiasm for cars and wants to share that spirit with the school and community.




James Ramsey


PerkinsTryon Public Schools

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"Ditz McIlvain 2016 Scholarship Recipients"


2016 Ditz McIlvain Scholarship Recipient
Miss Amelia Sanders

Miss Amelia Sanders

The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers Car Club is proud to announce Miss Amelia Sanders as one of the Ditz McIlvain Scholarship Recipients for 2016.  Amelia is the daughter of Tobie and Debbie Sanders.  While attending Perkins-Tryon High School Amelia has been active in Family, Career, and Community Leadership of America, Speech and Drama Club, National Honor Society Member and volunteering at the Thomas-Wilhite Memorial Library and Immanuel Baptist Church.  Amelia plans to attend college to pursue a degree in English and Creative Writing.

Miss Nathalie Johnson
2016 Ditz McIlvain Scholarship Recipient

Miss Nathalie Johnson

The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers Car Club is proud to announce Miss Nathalie Johnson as a Ditz McIlvain Scholarship Recipient for 2016. Nathalie is the daughter of Darrin and Tammy Johnson.  While attending Perkins-Tryon High School Nathalie has been active in High School Band, Midnight Regiment Drum Major, National Honor Society, High School Cheerleader and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of American. Nathalie plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Nursing emphasizing emergency room nursing.  

Mr. Tyler Carey
2016 Ditz McIlvain Scholarship Recipient

The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers Car Club is proud to announce Mr. Tyler Carey as a Ditz McIlvain Scholarship Recipient for 2016. Tyler is the son of Lisa Bowman and Doyle Carey.  While attending Perkins-Tryon High School Nathalie has been active in Golf, Baseball, Basketball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Farmers of America, 4-H, Young Life and active in Lost Creek United Methodist Church Mission Team and Youth Group. Tyler is the president of the Health Occupations Student Association at Meridian Technology Center while enrolled in the Pharmacy Tech Program. Tyler plans to pursue a degree in Business Management and Paramedic License.  

1927 - 2004
Coach Ditz McIlvain and the new McIlvain Field

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Ditz lived in the Perkins area for more than 40 years.  His entire life was dedicated to his family, the community and it's youth.  Before his untimely death he started a fund, which would generate interest to provide college scholarships for students of the PerkinsTryon Public School.  The proceeds from the Perkins Car Show are added to this scholarship fund.  It is the purpose of the Cimarron Starlite Cruisers' Car Club to help carry on this great tradition which "Coach Mac" began.  Oh! by the way, Coach Mac's first new car was a "55 Crown Vic" about which he always said, "Why did I sell that Ford? It would really run!"


The PerkinsTryon community built and named the new football and track complex in honor of Coach Mac.  The PerkinsTryon Public School District and it's Board of Education provide their great facilities at the High School campus to assist the Cimarron Starlite Cruisers Car Club with a wonderful site for the Perkins Car Show each year.


Ditz attended the following Oklahoma Institutions:

Northern Community College AD

University of Central Oklahoma BS

Oklahoma State University MS


Ditz taught US History, World History, Oklahoma History, and Driver's Education.  He was the Athletics Director and High School Principal while serving the PerkinsTryon School System.  Ditz coached football from 1957 to 1981 in the PerkinsTryon School System winning 14 district championships during that time. Ditz coached State Champions in the Pole Vault, High Jump, 880 and the Mile while coaching Track and Field at PerkinsTryon. He then coached from 1981 to 1986 at Langston University.  While working at Langston, Ditz taught in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and worked in the Registrars' Office until 2004. Ditz traveled to a large number of area Public Schools and delivered Langston University Class Schedules each semester to assist with the recruitment of area students to attend Langston University.



Church Elder

Husband of Jean

Father of Jim, Valinda, Candy

US Navy

Teaching & Coaching PerkinsTryon Schools 

Teaching & Coaching Langston University

Oklahoma Coaches Association Board of Control

Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame Member

Oklahoma Track Coaches Hall of Fame Member

Distinguished Service Award National High School Athletic Coaches Association

Past President Oklahoma Coaches Association

Coached the All State Football Game

Coached the Oil Bowl Game

Perkins Lions Club President

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The proceeds from the Perkins Car Show go to the “Ditz McIlvain Scholarship Fund”.  The classic vehicle owners of Oklahoma and sponsors of the Perkins Car Show have raised over $64,000 the past eleven years for this fund.


If you knew Ditz, you know he loved the Big Bands and "A String of Pearls" by Glenn Miller was one of his favortites, but Kent Taylor of Perkins was his favorite Band Leader. (Good Choice)

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