Horace Cannady

Horace Cannady
Contest Official
Inducted 2018

Horace Cannady was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018 after spending five different decades excelling as a contest official in the Sunshine State.

The Orlando native has officiated more than 2,600 contests in his illustrious career, including being assigned and working six Florida High School Basketball State Championship Games. A former two-sport athlete at Roosevelt High School in Lake Wales, Cannady also worked two football title games.

In 2010, Cannady was elected to the Central Florida Officials Association Hall of Fame and named the FHSAA Official of the Year. Three years prior, he was asked by the FHSAA to help develop an evaluation program that would determine the best qualified officials in the state. This system helped assign referees for the state finals in Lakeland. In addition, he fought for and was put in charge of creating a hospitality room for officials at the FHSAA State Championships. This spread from basketball under Canandy to statewide in every sport.

Cannady used his labor of love to train football officials from 1994-98 and basketball officials from 1994-2011. In addition, the official spent 10 years away from the courts and fields serving as a teacher and mentor to disruptive and combatant students.