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Dub Palmer

Inducted 2019

Dub Palmer was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 after three-plus decades of winning state championships in multiple sports across the state of Florida.

Born in Plant City, Palmer went 232-69-9 in 33 years as a head football coach, placing in the Top-20 all-time in wins in the Sunshine State. Starting as a 19-year-old head coach at Wildwood High School in 1943, Palmer was the youngest head coach in the history of Florida high school football. In his entire career, the Plant City High School graduate never experienced a losing season.

He won five total state championships, one with the FHSAA in 1970 at WHS and four more before there was a state playoff system (WHS in 1950; Pompano Beach High School in 1958 and 1959 and Eustis High School in 1963). On top of the that, he also guided his teams to 14 conference championships in football. Football wasn’t the only sport he was blessed to coach, as he led Gainesville High School to their first two state championships in boys golf in 1954 and 1955.

Palmer and his son John are the only father-son combination to be in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame (1984, 2011), the first father-son combination to win FHSAA State Championships in football (1970, 2005) and the first father-son combination to win 100-plus FHSAA football games. Dub served on the FACA State Football Committee, was a member of the FACA Board of Directors and coached in several FACA All-Star games.

In 2005, the legendary coach was honored by the Florida Dairy Farmers by naming an award after him in conjunction with the FACA. Each year at the FACA Hall of Fame Luncheon, the “Dub Palmer Lifetime Achievement Award” is presented to a retiring football coach that has shown the same value and passion for high school football that its namesake lived by.