Coach Escue Rodgers

The City of Cedartown proclaimed that May 22, 2021 is to be Coach Escue Rodgers Day in Cedartown as he is also set to be honored later in the month with his induction in to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame later this month.

Rodgers was announced as one of several of this year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame – a ceremony coming up also on May 22 to make it official – after his long service to the community and time as head coach of Cedar Hill High School.

A ceremony honoring Rodgers was held on Monday night, May 10 during the Cedartown City Commission’s latest regular session where a proclamation was read into the record highlighting Coach Rodgers’ life and accomplishments throughout the years.

From the City of Cedartown’s Facebook post on Tuesday with the proclamation and about his upcoming honors:

It’s been a long time coming … local legendary Coach Escue Rodgers will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame!

A perennial winning coach of the Cedar Hill Panthers, Rodgers will be inducted on May 22. It is only fitting that the City of Cedartown has declared May 22 as ESCUE RODGERS DAY in Cedartown!

Rodgers passed away in 1978, but his dedication to sports and teaching remain in the hearts of his students and community. Dedicated members of the Cedar Hill Alumni Association were on hand during Monday night’s City Commission meeting to celebrate and hear the proclamation read aloud.

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, Coach Escue Rogers was a native of Atlanta (note: see previous post with an update on this information) and a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Morris Brown College where he received a degree in teaching;

and WHEREAS, Coach Rogers became the Head Coach and AthleticDirector for Cedar Hill High School in Cedartown, Georgiawhere he coached football, basketball, and track for 24 years;

and WHEREAS, His teams won 85 trophies in his 24 year career. He not only coached and impacted his students on the field but off the field as well believing that a good education was his obligation to provideto his students;

and WHEREAS, Coach Rogers was named the Head Coach of the North Team during the time of segregation, and it was the first-ever Georgia Interscholastic Association All- Star Team;

and WHEREAS, He was honored with many coaching and achievement awards before his death in 1978, including Coach of the Year from Fort Valley State in 1953, Morris Brown College Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award in 1956, and the Distinguished Coaching Award from the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association in 1974.

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Commission of the City of Cedartown does hereby proclaim May 22, 2021 as Coach Escue Rogers Day, in honor of Coach Escue Rogers’ dedication to his school, his students, and the community he served as he is inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Check back for more on Coach Rodgers upcoming induction into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame later this month.

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