Vassar Carlton

Inducted 2017

Born in Gainesville, Vassar Carlton established himself as one of the greatest all-around athletes in the FHSAA’s formative years. A three-sport athlete, Carlton starred from 1926-31 at Cocoa High School in Cocoa, playing football (halfback), basketball (forward) and baseball (second baseman).

Considered one of the most dynamic athletes in Brevard County history, Carlton earned all-county honors in all three sports. Nicknamed “Stumpy,” Carlton was also named to his school’s All-Century Team in all three sports. During his playing days at Cocoa, Carlton led his football team in touchdowns scored, his basketball squad in points scored and his baseball team in batting average.

Carlton stood out especially in football, where after 1930 he was named by the Miami Herald as the best high school running back in the state of Florida. Following graduation from Cocoa, the team captain was awarded a full scholarship to play football at the University of Florida. The speedster earned three letters during his collegiate career.

After receiving his degree in political science from UF in 1935, Carlton graduated with honors from the Stetson School of Law in 1937. Four years later, he was elected Brevard County Judge at age 27, making him the youngest person ever elected to the Bench in Florida. After a distinguished professional career, Carlton retired on June 30, 1974, as Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

The Florida legend passed away on Aug. 31, 2005.