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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Emmett M. Essin III

Committee Members

Dale J. Schmitt, Stephen G Fritz


From 1978-1982 Salem High School suffered from a series of losing seasons from its football program. In wanting to regain its former tradition the Salem City Council hired Willis White to rebuild the program from the ground up. This thesis investigates the history of the Salem program prior to and through the Willis White years.

The research for this thesis came from personal interviews with present and former coaches as well as members of the community. Several different newspaper companies in the Roanoke Valley contributed to the history of Spartans' games. It also comes from a collection of secondary sources that contribute to background history of the city and program.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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