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2011 Hall of Fame

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

Mrs. Elmer Morrow     Mr. Walter Wade     Mrs. Francis Bryan

Mrs. Elmer B. Morrow

A native of South Carolina, Elmer Morrow enjoyed a career in Georgia athletics that spanned nearly 40 years.

The former member of the United States Air Force was first hired as a physical education teacher at Druid Hills High School in Dekalb County in 1949.  Between 1949 and 1961, Morrow coached football, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, and baseball.  His football team won the North Georgia Championship in 1956 and appeared in the state finals in 1957. 

As a basketball coach, Morrow led the Druid Hills Red Devils to the state championship in 1953, 1954, and 1957.  His titles in 1953 and 1954 launched Druid Hills into the spotlight as the first Dekalb County school to win back-to-back state championships. With the state championship in 1957, Druid Hills became the first Dekalb school to win three state titles.

Elmer Morrow was also a trailblazer as a wrestling and a gymnastics coach.  In 1952, he coached the very first wrestling team in Dekalb County and in 1953, Morrow led the Druid Hills Boys Gymnastics Team to the State Championship.

Morrow received numerous accolades and awards for his work at Druid Hills High School including basketball “Coach of the Year”, football “Coach of the Year”, the WSB “Beaver” Award, and the WSB Sports Scroll Award for outstanding achievement in the World of Sports.

In 1961, the Dekalb County School system named Elmer Morrow as its first full-time athletic director.  Through his hard work and dedication, Morrow developed policies and procedures that are still being used by the current Dekalb Athletic Administration.

He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and was named Athletic Director of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 1980.

In 1988, Elmer Morrow retired as Athletic Director from the Dekalb County School system but he remained active in his community and to the world of athletics.  He was a member of the Decatur Kiwanis Club, served as the Director of the Atlanta TipOff Club, and served as Director and Secretary of the Braves Four Hundred Club.

Mr. Walter Wade
Walter Wade distinguished himself as an educator, coach and athletic administrator throughout his impressive career.

As a Social Studies and Physical Education teacher at Lynwood Park High School in North Dekalb County, Wade became the head coach for their football, basketball, and track and field teams during the 1960-1961 school year. After his tenure at Lynwood Park, Walter continued his coaching career at Hamilton High School as the head basketball and assistant football coach from 1961-1968.

After a successful stint in Dekalb County, Coach Wade accepted the position of Athletic Director at West Fulton High School in 1969.  Under his guidance, West Fulton developed into one on the premier athletic programs in the State of Georgia.  West Fulton captured a football state championship in 1974, and basketball state championships in 1975 and 1976. 

Recognizing his outstanding leadership ability, Walter Wade was promoted to the position of Athletic Director for the Atlanta Public School district in 1977. While serving in this capacity, Walter was elected as the Vice President of the Georgia High School Association and President of the Atlanta Athletic Coaches Association.  During his tenure as Athletic Director, Walter Wade was a strong advocate for gender equity throughout the Atlanta Public School system.

He also served as a member of the GHSA Executive Committee, the Metro Atlanta Athletic Directors Organization, the 100% Wrong Club, the Atlanta Sports Council, the Braves Four Hundred Club, and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

In addition to the many awards that Walter Wade has received as the Athletic Director for the Atlanta Public School district, he will also credited with being one of the driving forces in bringing the state high school basketball playoffs to the Alexander Memorial Coliseum at Georgia Tech.  His years of outstanding direction and common-sense solutions to everyday problems are the hallmark of an excellent career in athletic administration.

Mrs. Francis H. Bryan
As the Physical Education and Athletics Administrator for Atlanta Public Schools, Frances Bryan was instrumental in developing and promoting athletics in one of the largest school systems in Georgia.

Bryan labored for years to develop the physical fitness curriculum for the Atlanta Public School system middle and high schools.  Her job was to examine physical fitness goals and to provide each student with a well-rounded education.

Because of her diverse coaching background, which included experience in cheerleading, swimming, softball, track and field, dance, and rifle; Bryan was in the unique position to truly understand and identify the needs of the many athletes in the Atlanta Public School system.

Bryan consistently met with the State Department of Education to evaluate the effectiveness of electives testing and served as the Health Coordinator for Physical Education, Intramural and girls sports from 1965-1976.  She was named an Athletic Administrator in 1976 and served in that capacity until 1996.

In her position as Athletic Coordinator, Bryan accepted the responsibility of hosting the first Varsity Girls State Track and Field Meet at Northside High School in 1977.  She identified and recommended programs of interest for student-athletes, evaluated equipment needs, and sponsored staff development for APS staff members.

Throughout her career, Bryan has served on a multitude of professional committees, including: the YMCA Advisory Board, The American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association.  She was also a member of the National Federation of State High School Association, the Georgia High School Association, the Georgia Athletic Directors Association, and the Metro Atlanta Athletic Directors Association.

Despite her exhausting schedule, Bryan states, “You do it all for the athletes”. Her philosophy still permeates throughout Atlanta Public Schools to this date.

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