Roy Young (‘50)

Pictured from l to r: Roy Young, Robert Stinson, Class of ‘63, and Dennis Davis, Class of ‘64, pose for a photo at the Curtis L. Armstrong Mays Rams Roundup. (Photo courtesy of Leroy Bradshaw, Class of ‘63)

Athletic Contributions:

Athletic Director/Coach

Football: 1953

Men’s Basketball: 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957

Men’s Track & Field: 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957

The 1965 MHS Track and Field Team. The coach of this team was Roy Young. His 1965 team finished as program best State Runner Up. The Rams scored 57 team points and just one point short of state title. Not pictured: Otis Collier. Photo taken from the 1965 Ram. Photo courtesy of Luther Washington, Class of ‘65  (Double Flash Produces Photo Rarity)

Roy is a 1950 graduate of Anderson High School in Anderson, Indiana. He also excelled at track, football, and basketball in high school. He was a member of a record setting 880 relay team as well as setting individual records in the high jump & high hurdles. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the Florida A&M University and a master’s degree from Ball State University.

In football, he was named 1st Team All-League in 1949. In basketball, Roy was a member of the Anderson’s 1950 Sectional championship basketball team. He also played on the 1949 and 1950 AHS Big Four Tourney Championship basketball teams. In 1949 they reached the State Finals finishing as State Runner-Up in Class A. In track he set school records in the high jump, 120-yard-high hurdles and as a member of the 880 relay team. He helped lead the track team to a state runner-up finish in 1949 and was also a part of the 1950 track team which won the regional championship. In 1949, he earned third place in the 120 high hurdles, third place in the broad jump and third place in the high jump at the Sectional Championship Meet. In 1950, he won the 120 hurdles and high jump titles at the Sectional Championship meet. He also, ran the first leg of the winning 880-yard relay team. That same year, he earned first place in the 120 high hurdles (:15.0) and first place in the high jump (6 feet 7/8 inches) at the Regional Track Meet. He also ran the first leg on the winning 880-yard relay in 1:32.5 with Stan Cameron, Don Fraley, and Gene Wilson. Roy earned an invite to the State Track Meet where he finished third place in the 120 high hurdles and fifth place in the high jump. He also ran on the 880-relay team that placed fifth.

Roy played one year of basketball at Anderson College. He later transferred to Florida A&M University where he participated in football, basketball, and track from 1953-1957. Young starred in both basketball and track.

He was a four-year starter on the Rattler basketball team, playing in integral role on two Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship teams in 1955 and 1957. He led the Rattlers in rebounds four times and earned All-Conference honors each of his four seasons. He also was the captain of the team his senior year. He was a member of the 1953 Rattler football team that won the conference championship. Roy also excelled in track where he competed in the Jumps and Hurdles for the Rattlers and held the school record in the high jump. He was a member of the 1954 and 1957 Rattler track teams that won the SIAC Track and Field Championship. Roy won the 120-Yard-High Hurdles and High Jump in the SIAC track meet in 1954. As a senior he won the high jump at the Florida A&M Relays with a jump of 6 feet 4 3/4 inches, tying the meet record.

Newspaper clip for Roy Young Double Flash Produces (Photo Rarity The Star Press (Muncie, Indiana) 08 Dec. 1949

He began his coaching and teaching career in 1957 at Miami’s Mays High School teaching Physical Education and assistant boys’ basketball coach and a head coach of boy’s track and field until 1966. He then went to Killian High School to teach Physical Education, while agreeing to serve as head track coach, later as assistant football, and basketball coach. Also, while at Killian, he served as a guidance counselor. He was the high school athletic director for 20 years. During his tenure, as AD, the school won the All-Sports Award honors for the top athletic programs four times. After 35 years of dedicated service with the Dade County Public Schools, he retired in 1992. He was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

     Here’s a list of the awards Young has received:

*Member of Big Four Basketball Tournament Championship Team (1949)

*Member of North Central Conference Basketball Champions Team (1949)

*Member of North Central Conference Track Championship Team (1949)

*Member of State Track and Field Runner Up Team (1949)

*All-North Central Conference Football First Team (1949)

*Member of Big Four Basketball Tournament Championship Team (1950)

*Member of North Central Conference Basketball Runner-Up Team (1950)

*Member of North Central Conference Track Championship Team (1950)

*Attended Anderson College on an Athletic Scholarship

*Attended Florida A&M University on an Athletic Scholarship

*Member of the 1953 Rattler football team

*Member of SIAC Football Champions (1953)

*All-Conference Tournament Team Honorable Mention (1954)

*Member of SIAC Track and Field Championship Team (1954)

*SIAC Champion 120 High Hurdles (1954)

*SIAC Champion High Jump (1954)

*Member of SIAC Basketball Tournament Championship Team (1955)

*All-Conference Tournament Team Second Team (1955)

*All-Conference Tournament Team Honorable Mention (1956)

Captain of the basketball team in 1956-57

*Member of SIAC Basketball Tournament Championship Team (1957)

*First Team All-Conference Tournament Team (1957)

*First Place High Jump at FAMU Relays (1957)

*Member of Alabama State Relays Championship Team (1957)

*Member of SIAC Track and Field Championship Team (1957)

*Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beta Nu Scholarship (1957)

*FIAA State High School Track and Field Runner-Up (1964 and 1965)

*The All-Sports Trophy 1972, 1982, 1989, and 1992

*Inducted into the Florida A&M University Sports Hall of Fame (1997)

Ed’s Note: The 1965 MHS Boys Track and Field Team Was Outstanding! The Rams boys track and field team earned a runner-up team finish at the state boys track and field meet held at the Miami-Dade Junior College Stadium in Miami under the guidance of Roy Young. The Rams scored 57 points and finished one point shy of a Class A state championship.

Johnny Brown won the 440-yard dash (:49.0) and teamed with Frederick Pope, Robert Hill, and Willie Lassiter to win the Mile Relay with a district, state and meet record-time of 3:23.5. Brown also ran anchor leg of winning sprint medley relay with Pope, Otis Collier, and Lassiter in a time of 2:00.3. Thomas Whittier won the pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches, tying the state and meet record. Whittier also won the broad jump with a district, state and meet record leap of 23 feet, 4 1/2 inches. James Green placed second in the 120-yard High Hurdles and finished third in the 180-yard Low Hurdles. Jesse Jones placed third in the mile run. Mays High 880-yard relay squad of Collier, Pope, Lassiter, and Brown finished second in 1:28.3.

The following athletes recorded the top 1965 marks in Florida in their events:

*Mays senior Thomas Whittier in the broad jump (23-10)

*Mays senior Johnny Brown, 48.9 seconds in the 440-yard sprint (tied second)

*Mays Otis Collier, Frederick Pope, Willie Lassiter, and Johnny Brown, 1:57.5 in the sprint medley relay (tied first)


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