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Wilts C. Alexander Jr.

Inducted 1996

Perhaps no individual played a greater role in the development of African-American high school athletics in Florida than did Wilts C. Alexander Jr., who served as the first and only Executive Secretary of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association – the former Association consisting of black secondary high schools.

Born in Fort White and raised in Monticello and Dunnellon, Alexander served as a teacher and principal before his appointment to the position of Executive Secretary of the FIAA in 1949. He held that position until 1968 when the FIAA consolidated with the Florida High School Activities Association.

Alexander is credited with taking a loosely knit organization of 122 school and building it in a cohesive, well-run organization of 151 schools with definitive rules and regulations. Under his leadership the FIAA developed a constitution which provided for officers, district director, state department consultants, Wilts C. Alexander Jr. state coaches association, and state games officials association.

Alexander joined the staff of the FHSAA as a field representative in 1968, where he worked to ensure a smooth merger of black and white athletic programs. He remained with the FHSAA until his retirement in 1975.

Alexander died in November 1988. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and son, Wilts III.