Morris H. Rogers
Morris H. Rogers was a teacher, coach, and administrator in the Okaloosa County School System for 28 years, serving as principal of Laurel Hill High School from 1964-1979.
Born in Nichols, Ga., Rogers moved to Laurel Hill as a child and graduated from Laurel Hill High School in 1941. He was a member of the only sports teams available – basketball and softball – for all four years of his high school career.
Rogers received his Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, Health and Recreation from the University of Florida in 1950, and earned a Masters Degree in the same field on year later.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Niceville High School in 1951 as assistant football and basketball coach and head baseball coach. The following year he moved to the newly built Choctawhatchee High school as baseball coach and assistant football coach.
Under his leadership as a principal, girls athletics was reinstated on a competitive level in Okaloosa County in the early 1970s. His dedication to girls athletics was reflected in his willingness to coach the girls softball team at Laurel Hill while also serving as principal.
He also drove the team bus for the school’s athletic teams throughout his career and continued to do so even after retirement.
Rogers and his wife, Martha, have four children – Janet, Karen, Anita and Hugh – and five grandchildren.