Carlos Edison Deason
Inducted 1991 (charter class)
Carlos Deason successfully completed 43 years of public service on December 31, 1987 – 2-plus yrs. In the Navy during World War II, and then began his career as teacher, coach, county supervisor and principal.
Deason began his teaching and coaching career at Liberty County High school in 1947.
In 1952 he moved to Quincy High School in Gadsden County and began a rebuilding program in a school where the football teams had gone winless for 2 years. In 1954 his team won the Conference Championship. The following year the team repeated as Conference Champions and went undefeated.
At the conclusion of his coaching career Deason’s teams had won 138 games had lost 52 games, and had tied 7 games. Additionally, his teams had been undefeated 4 times, had won 9 Conference Championships, and had won 4 out of 6 bowl games. He was named Conference Coach of the Year 8 times and was All Big Bend Coach of the Year twice. He also served as Coach for the North Squad in the Annual FHSAA Senior All-Star football game in 1960.
In July, 1967 Deason was appointed principal at Quincy High School. During his years as principal, he served with distinction. Deason served on the Florida High School Activities Association (FHSAA) Board of Directors for 6 years; on the FHSAA Executive Committee for 4 years; on the FHSAA Screening Committee to interview, screen and nominate a person for the post of Executive Secretary Designee after Mr. Floyd Lay announced his plans to retire; helping set up the first school-based health clinic in Florida, appearing on the Good Morning America Program to discuss the work and success of the health clinic; consultant to FIRN Network to make the resources of Dade County available to all other schools and counties interested in computerizing students’ records; and receiving special recognition for setting up an innovative program to improve overall student achievement and improve students’ test scores on State Student Assessment.
Deason is a native Floridian and now resides in Quincy.