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2012

    

Five Years at AHSFHS.org

          Five years ago the Alabama High School Football Historical Society became a reality on the internet with the website AHSFHS.org. The beginning was not an epic event by any means with only a few visitors the first season. The task of researching every high school football team seemed to be an impossibility at that time and I knew it would not be possible without the assistance of others across the state. The amount of support has been great with countless interested people pitching in to assist us in completing teams.

           The list of individuals that have lending their support of our efforts is long to say the least. In the beginning people like Lee, Mike, Bobby, Andy, Daryl and Shane were there to research teams in their areas that made my task much easier. Over the years we have tried to bring you everything we could find about the history of high school football in Alabama and will continue to add games, players, coaches and stories as they are researched.

           I am always appreciative of the people that offer their time to do research and wish to thank each and every person that has given of their time and efforts over the past five years to make this a reality. I get emails every day from coaches, former players and fans that help us to correct mistakes, find missing items and fill in blanks. Without this support we would not be able to continuously complete teams and find the things we are missing.

           I believe I have visited every library south of Montgomery and several in the north half of the state. I don't think there is a small town in the south half of the state that I have excluded from my travels over the past few years. Actually it was exciting to see all the towns and in most cases I tried to go by the school and view the facilities. I remember a few instances that I found schools that had closed over the years but were still standing.

           A few places stand out such as the library in Abbeville. They have most of the yearbooks and the newspaper researching is easy. Others places with a lot of research material are the libraries at Andalusia, Citronelle, Florala, Geneva, Eufaula, Valley, Tuskegee, Samson, Grove Hill and Wetumpka. Newspapers also proved to be a valuable research source but often are very time consuming. Several visits in search of hard-bound copies of old newspapers were made to courthouses in Chatom and Greenville. Visiting an actual newspaper in search of past editions was fruitful in Atmore, Flomaton, Tallassee, Brewton, Thomasville and Foley.

           Many days were spent at the library in Dothan to say the least. The last few places were the best and they include; the archives in Mobile where they all know me very well after a few hundred visits, the library at Auburn University where the available research material is endless and could go on for years, the Archives in Montgomery where anyone could spend a hundred days and still be in search of missing information, and lastly the University of South Alabama. My favorite research facility is by far the library at Auburn. The material is readily available and easily accessed and saved to a flash drive. The worst is the library in Birmingham where you must submit a form to view anything and wait until someone finds the time to retrieve it.  If you know me you know I have no patience when it comes to research. There is so much to do and so little time to get it done.

          So as we look to the future I would like to extend a special thank you to all those involved over the past five years. You make this possible. I look forward to the future and the new fans of Friday night football that will be encountered over the coming years. If you are new to our project feel free to join us in our efforts. If you find a mistake or wish to contribute in any way do not hesitate to do so. You may email me at dparker@ahsfhs.org with corrections, comments and additions.

            David Parker
            AHSFHS.org
 




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