TRACK

PHOTO'S BY BOB GRAMBLING

Submitted by Greg Grambling, Class of 1968

I remember a little about the track and practice football field.  It was probably Coach Doherty's idea as a way to preserve the game field from practice abuse and a way from him to get his football players who did not play baseball to run track in the spring for conditioning as well as competition.  Everyone will remember before it was built that there was a creek(as they say in Georgia or branch(as I said growing up)  that ran through the middle of it, lined with twenty foot privet(which had been great fun swinging and climbing on in elementary school).  In the summer of 53, may have been 54, I helped work on the field.  On of our jobs was to get the huge culverts down the hill from the gymnasium side without hurting someone.  I remember that we placed a  long pole through the culverts and two of us would hold each end and try to steer the massive things down the hill.  I suppose all ended will as the field was ultimately finished and the water ran through the culverts the entire length of the field. What a clever idea to have the unused area turned into a track and practice field.
I don't know much about the track.  Fortunately for me, I never had to run on it, but I always admired those who did.  Maybe Bobby Hudson, Doug Burt, Cleve Taylor, Charlie Hennigan, Gay Hardy, Roy Baggett or some of the track team members during the 54 and 55 seasons would have more information.

Submitted by Jerry Frasier, Class of 1955

New stadium 55.1

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new stadium 55.5 Here is a picture of Charles Lewis and Sandra Pullig, Class of 1955, wading

in the creek where the football field was built. There was a a bridge over

the creek when we were in high school. The track field was built to the left of

the bridge. The football field was built on the right. Beautiful goldfish lived

under the bridge and they grew to be as large as the other fish in the stream.

57.1  Pole vaulting in track and field

57.2  If you can identify anyone in this picture e-mail mindenmemories@aol.com & mention 57.2

57.3 If you can identify anyone in this picture 3-mail mindenmemories@aol.com & mention 57.3

Jimmy M. Johnson, Class of 1957 leading the others.

Identified by LeVerne Langheld Kidd, Class of 1957.

57.4 If you can identify these runners e-mail mindenmemories@aol.com and mention 57.4

Running out in front of the others - Jimmy Johnson, Class of 1957.

Identified by LeVerne Langheld Kidd

57.5 Another pole volter pitcher - If you know who he is...e-mail mindenmemories@aol.com and tell us who he is. Be sure to mention 57.5.

57.6 If you can identify these people...e-mail mindenmemories@aol.com and tell us who they are. Be sure to mention 57.6.

L to R:  Charles Berry (1957),   ?,   ?,   ?,  ?,  George Winford (1957), Coach George Doherty, ?

Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

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Could the big guy with sun glasses be Coach Charlie Johnson?

Submitted by Ronnie Hennigan, Class of 1961

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Is he talking about the coach next to Charles Berry, I wonder? 

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This looks a lot like Charles Berry on the far left....do not recognize the next four men...looks like George Winford, Class of 1957,  standing beside Coach George Doherty. George was most likely taking notes for the Tide Talk. Do not recognize the man to the far right. These other men may be coaches for the other team.

Submitted by LeVerne Langheld Kidd, Class of 1957 ........................................................................................................................................................

57.7, L-R, Coach George Doherty, if you can identify the runners...e-mail mindenmemories@aol.com and tell us who they are and mention 57.7.

57.8 If you can identify these runners - e-mail MindenMemories and tell us who they are. Be sure to mention   57.8 in your e-mail.

Track 58. If you can identify this runner - email mindenmemories@aol.com and mention track 58

I was writing about track picture #58. He is my dad, Walter Carol Burton. And he is also the runner on the left in 57.7 with the coach.

Sincerely, Laura Wehrle