Roger Augustus Williams

Inducted 1991 (charter class)

A legend in his own time – a living legend.

This are terms used frequently to describe Roger A. Williams, the dean of Florida high school principals, whose outstanding career as an educator spanned 41 years.

He began his career in Florida's Panhandle in 1931 and continued there until 1942 when he left to serve his country in World War II. Following his four-year tour of duty in the United States Air Force, Williams came to Apopka High School as principal in 1946. There he was to stay for the next 34 years until his retirement in 1980.

The name of Roger Williams and Apopka High School were to become synonymous, and both educator and school received state and national acclaim as a result of his vibrant, active and sound educational leadership. Over the years, school superintendents would come and go, but Williams would remain the undisputed leader in Orange County's public school system. The system continues to benefit from his legacy as a large number of outstanding professionals privileged to have served under him continue to mold the shape of education in that district today.

For his efforts, Williams has received honors and awards far too numerous to enumerate in their entirety. To trace but a few, his peers in the activities and athletic organizations looked to his leadership beginning in 1941 when he was elected to the Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors. he was the charter president of the Orange Belt Athletic Conference and served the Florida High School Activities Association as district director for three years, vice president for four years and president for eight years.

He was selected by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association in 1974 for distinguished and meritorious service to Florida high school athletics. The high school athletic field at Apopka High School bears his name as testimony to his outstanding leadership in that important facet of education.

Roger Williams was born June 25, 1910, in Antreville, South Carolina. He and his wife, the former Elizabeth Smith, have three children – Roger, Lisa and Rose.