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Robert Green

Inducted 2013

Robert Green, also known as “Pompey” because his teammates felt he carried himself like the ancient Roman general, was an athlete who played football, basketball, and track while attending Dunbar High School in Fort Myers in the mid-1940’s. One of his amazing feats in high school was running the 100 yard dash in 9.5, and he later had a wind-aided time of 9.3, which would have been a world record at that time if not for the wind.   He was also invited to the Olympic trials in 1952 but could not afford the trip to California.  Robert Green and three of his teammate from Dunbar High School were the first three African-Americans from Fort Myers to earn a full college football scholarship. They all attended Allen University in Columbus, S.C.

After college, Green coached one year at Smith Brown High in Arcadia and 35 years at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. He coached track and field and was an assistant football coach. Later he served as the Athletic Director at Dillard.

In the late 1960’s, Green campaigned with the state to let Dillard, an all-black school, to remain open after school desegregation began. Green mentored legions of student athletes and coaches in all sports, including NFL wide receiver Isaac Bruce.  He is also a member of the National Negro High School Hall of fame in Atlanta for his athletic career at Dunbar High, which retired his jersey on October 17, 2008.

Green has influenced more than a generation of coaches, student athletes, and peers during a 37 year teaching and coach in career. He still remains involved in Dillard High Athletics to this day helping with fund raising and other athletic events. He also founded the Dillard 100 Club in his retirement. This club raises money for school athletic trips.

Green established a winning tradition both at Dunbar and Dillard.  His quality of service, his considerable athletic skills, and his ability to inspire hundreds over the years continue to gain him the respect he deserves. He can be described as “a modest man who never talked about his outstanding achievements in life, but demonstrated them each day in his profession.”