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Document Details


Title: John T. (Jack) Griffin
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Paid Only
Repository: Frederick Community College. Catoctin Center for Regional Studies
Collection: Frederick Community College Oral History Collection
Description: Jack Griffin is a Frederick City resident. He is retired from teaching physical education at West Frederick Middle School. He became boys' track coach for Frederick High School in the late 1950's and started a track club for girls since they had no sports at their schools. Two West Frederick Middle School students, Debbie Thompson and Tammy Davis, joined his club. At the young age of twelve, these girls were running times that were competitive at the national level. Griffin took them in and trained them for eight years. As a white man, he encountered many obstacles coaching black women because of racial segregation in the United States at that time.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Griffin, Jack
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Athletic coach
Document date: 08-Dec-1997
Interviewer: Moore, Bridget
Locations discussed: Frederick, MD; Maryland; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African American athletes; Coaching (Athletics); Frederick, MD; Maryland; North America; Oral history; Race relations; Track and field; Track and field athletes; Track and field--Coaching; United States
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0034044-37375