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Fred E. Rozelle

Inducted 1991 (charter class)

Fred E. Rozelle is a native of Florida, born and reared in Lake City and Columbia County.

He graduated from Columbia High School in 1945. After serving in the military, he earned both his bachelor’s and master's degrees at the University of Florida. Rozelle was selected as an All-State and All-Southern football player while in high school and made the All-District team in basketball. He was president of the student body and member of the National Honor Society. He attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship and play four years under coaches “Bear” Wolf and Bob Woodruff.

Following graduation, Rozelle accepted a teaching and coaching position at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Fla. While at Andrew Jackson for 3 years, his basketball team won the Big Ten Conference Championship twice (1953 and 1954). In 1953, the Andrew Jackson football team also won the Big Ten Conference Championship.

In the fall of 1954, he became head football coach and athletic director at St. Petersburg Senior High School. As a member of the Western Conference, his teams finished in the first division all but one year through 1961. He held the office of vice-president of FACA in 1961.

In 1962, Rozelle was appointed Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletics for Pinellas County, and during the winter of 1965 was appointed principal of Azalea Junior High School in St. Petersburg, serving until 1970. In 1971, he was appointed principal of Seminole High School.

Rozelle was elected to the FHSAA Board of Directors in 1974, and in 1977 he was appointed to the Executive Committee. In 1978 he was elected vice-president and in 1979, elected to the office of president of FHSAA.

He held the position of Area II Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools for the school year 1979-1980.

He joined the staff of the Florida High School Activities Association on July 1, 1980, and became the Executive Secretary in September 1980, following Floyd E. Lay’s retirement.

The FHSAA Board of Directors honored him by the naming of the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award. This award is given a school in each of seven classifications that has best exhibited a high degree of sportsmanship in its athletic program.

Rozelle has been recognized as an outstanding educator and as an administrator who is fair and impartial. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Florida in May 2004.

In July 1950, Rozelle married Charlotte Jane Gross of Palatka. They have three children, Rick (deceased), Nancy and Randy; two granddaughters, Christiana and Brooke; and one grandson, Dylon. The Rozelles live in Treasure Island and are enjoying their retirement.