Grady High School Stadium Renamed After First African American Coach And AD

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    By Special to the Daily World
    The athletic field at Grady High School was recently renamed in honor of the late Eddie S. Henderson Sr., an Atlanta native and product of the Atlanta Public Schools, who was the first Black Georgian to complete the requirements for Certified Athletic Director.

    The renaming ceremony for the athletic field, formerly known as Grady Stadium located at Monroe Drive and 10th Street, was held on Saturday, Sept. 17.

    As the first African-American coach at Grady High School, Henderson served in a number of roles, including physical education teacher, assistant and head football coach and athletic director. He also served as assistant principal at Carver High School, principal at the former Archer High School and APS director of athletics.  Henderson passed away in 2001.

    Among those participating in the ceremony was Atlanta Board of Education Chair Brenda J. Muhammad; Board member Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, who chaired the Grady Field Renaming Taskforce; Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr.; Herman “Skip” Mason, general president, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.;  and the Henderson family.

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