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Chapel Hill High School's Greatest Football Team

by Pat (Alan) Thompson

Bob Culton was inducted into the Chapel Hill High School Hall of Fame in 1991 "in recognition of sports achievement and citizenship." Coach Culton was a man who played a large role in my young life and the lives of many others. It seems like everyone has a hall of fame now, but if anyone ever deserved induction, it was Bob Culton.


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Kris Gentry Pierce      8:08 PM Sun 1/29/2012

THANKS to George Coxhead, who recommended this site. Saw him this past weekend at the recent 2012 Sunbelt Championship Swim Meet in Charlotte. Hadn&#39;t seen him since 1968 or thereabouts! Still swimming and makin&#39; them eat &quot;cake&quot; :)<br \>

Pat Thompson      7:46 PM Mon 8/8/2011

Actually, Bill, we were in the fourth row which I believe demonstrates our lack of importance.

Bill Spransy      11:19 AM Fri 7/15/2011

And just why were we relegated to the third row in that photo? Was it, perchance, our attempt to add legitimacy to the proceedings of that day?<br \><br \>2-6-2 :&gt;)

beverly morgan dickinson      11:52 AM Wed 7/6/2011

I really enjoyed your article on Coach Culton, Pat. It brought back such great memories of our growing up......I remember cheering for you guys at Kenan and how proud &amp; excited we were to be there.<br \><br \>

Pat Thompson      1:59 PM Thu 6/30/2011

Bill, thanks for the kind words. If you read it, an honest review somewhere would be appreciated. Brian, I&#39;m sure somebody out there will correct me if I&#39;m wrong, but I think Carolina&#39;s first black athlete was Charlie Scott, in 1966 or 1967.

Brian Dean      11:07 AM Thu 6/30/2011

Was 1964 the first year Chapel Hill High School had black athletes? I recall another article on this site about the first black to play sports at UNC, and I think that was three or four years after this. I am surprised the local high school was ahead of a university that is famed for being so progressive.

Bill A      10:52 PM Wed 6/29/2011

Great article, Pat. Read it with a certain amount of envy re your growing up in a college town. High Point was good for me and I value that; just wonder what it might have been like in Chapel Hill or Wake Forrest in the early days. <br \>I&#39;ll check out &quot;A Hollow Cup&quot;; enjoy reading novels based on local stories when they are created by talented writers. You seem to fit that moniker.

J. Price      11:57 AM Wed 6/29/2011

Thanks for the piece on Coach Culton. I think more than any other teacher during my junior and senior high school years in Chapel Hill he leaves the most indelible memory. He expected the best of everyone, and even though I only had him for PE, I attribute my lifelong commitment to exercise to him

Pat Thompson      11:08 AM Wed 6/29/2011

Nancy, I can&#39;t answer your question, but I do remember there were a number of hoops that had to be jumped through. I can&#39;t imagine what it would be like today. What is your sister&#39;s name and who was she dating?

Nancy Cheek      6:59 PM Tue 6/28/2011

I recall going to that game in Kenan stadium with my family when I was about 11. My older sister was then dating one of the CHHS players. Do you have any idea when the last time a high school football game was played there?

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