A team plaque, two newspapers and an old, fading trophy is enough to catch one’s eye as they enter Elizabethton High School these days.
For some, it’s just another trophy, another tribute to days gone by.
If you ask Dr. Clarence “Bud” Hale what that trophy means, however, his spry, jubilant voice says it all.
“It was just a big time in our young lives,” said Hale, a 93-year-old retired dentist who presently resides in Kinston, North Carolina — and is the lone surviving member of a special football team.
In 1938, Coach E. Niles Brown and a spirited group of players embarked on a journey from the old Cherokee Field that set the stage for high school football as we know it today.