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Collection # DRT-130.0-001

WA Athletic Scrapbooks,
1973-1991, 1994-1997

 

Main Entry: Athletic Director
Volume:
21 Scrapbooks

Biographical/Historical Note:
The first Athletic Director for Woodward Academy was Ira Sanderson. At that time, the Athletic Director was also head of the Physical Education Department. When Sanderson became Director of Admissions in 1973, Petty Ezell, a biology teacher and football, basketball, and baseball coach, was appointed AD. Ezell retired from the school in 2000 and was replaced by Dave Chandler, who had been a coach and principal of the Middle School.

Scope and Content:
Arranged in chronological order, this collection consists of 21 scrapbooks chronicling the activities of Woodward athletic teams and individuals. The scrapbooks cover school years 1973-1991 and 1994-1997. The books are standard scrapbooks, spiral-bound, composed almost exclusively of newspaper clippings from local newspapers and the Atlanta papers. Most are 13”x15”, although the last three are a larger 12”x16” format.

The composition of the scrapbooks reflects the importance of athletics to the school, especially in the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the clippings concern football teams coached by Graham Hixon and Johnny Stallings and truly display the significance of the football program to the students and as a source of advertisement for the school. Over time, the growing diversity of the student body and the proliferation of new athletic programs and girls sports began to detract from the impact of football as a focal point for student activity. Also, as the southside community continued to change demographically, Woodward enjoyed less coverage in the newspapers.

 

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