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Adam R. Hornbuckle

was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the youngest of three children of Claude and Victoria Jordan McDaniel. Born Mildred Louise McDaniel, she played basketball and competed in track and field as a student at the segregated David T. Howard High School, which since 1948 had been a five year high school with a reputation for strong sports teams McDaniel joined the basketball team after winning a challenge from a gym teacher who offered any girl who could make ten free throws in a row a position on the team and a pair of new shoes The team s highest scorer she led the basketball team to two high school state championships After the conclusion of the basketball season many of the players participated in track and field Initially uninterested in track and field McDaniel commented that she could probably jump higher than most of the other girls The track coach ...


Chris Elzey

track coach, teacher, and administrator, was born Stanley Van Dorne Wright in Englewood, New Jersey, the son of Spencer Wright, a sanitation worker and truck driver, and Mildred (Prime) Wright, a seamstress and cook. Growing up in a northern city proved no shield from racism. In junior high and high school, Wright had little option but to follow a curriculum for black students that de-emphasized academics. His parents, however, taught him to value education.

Unfortunately, America's involvement in World War II interrupted his schooling. Soon after Pearl Harbor, Wright joined the Army Air Corps. However, he failed to complete pilot training, and his responsibilities at an airbase in Kansas consisted primarily of office tasks. While in the Air Corps, in late 1944, he married Hazel Mathes and they would have four children. In 1945 Wright was reassigned to an airbase in Massachusetts He ...