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The Scoop: P.E. Teacher and Head Syrupmaids Basketball Coach Mrs. McClendon

Coach Daphne McClendon

After teaching at Eastside Elementary for over two decades, Coach Daphne McClendon returned to her alma mater in 2015. She has since served as the Head Coach of the Syrupmaids basketball team, which advanced this winter to the state championship for the first time in nearly 40 years. Learn more about this special Syrupmaker below.


  • Daughter of Robert and Mandy Knight

  • Married to Jimmy McClendon

  • Has seven sisters and two brothers

  • Mother of Andrew (25) and Brandon McClendon (18)

  • Grew up in Whigham

Alumnus of:

  • Cairo High School (1988) - Basketball team, debate, honor student

  • Enterprise State Junior College - Two-year AA degree

  • University of Saint Leo (1993) - Degree in Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Master of Science degree

Employed as:

  • P.E., Health and Personal Fitness, girls weight room teacher - Cairo High School

  • Girls Head Basketball Coach - Cairo High School

  • Assistant Cross Country Coach - Cairo High School

  • Taught 4th and 5th graders - Eastside Elementary School (22 years)

Fun Facts:

  • Loves watching sci-fi and Marvel movies

  • Enjoys listening to music and swimming

  • Helps support the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (F.C.A.)

  • Hopes to make a positive impact on students lives after engaging with them

What working at CHS taught me:

  • "It is great to actually work in your own community and make a difference."

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