Tate High School to dedicate football field in honor of Atmore native

Published 2:04 pm Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Tate High School will dedicate its football field to Atmore native and legendary coach Carl Madison this Friday night, according to officials.

The event is slated to begin on the field at 6:45 p.m. this Friday, just prior to the Aggies taking on Escambia High School at 7.

Madison is enshrined in the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame.

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Madison coached at Tate from 1971-82 and won a state championship in 1980. The championship was the first-ever title for a Pensacola-area school in a large school classification.

That championship opened the door for Pensacola schools Woodham, Pine Forest, Escambia, Pensacola High Pensacola Catholic and Washington to win state championships, according to a release.

Madison was the coach at Pine Forest when the school won its first state title and mythical national championship.

The ceremony will feature Madison, his family and former players not only from Tate and Pine Forest, but also ones from his other coaching stops at Milton, Ernest Ward and Jackson (Ala.) Academy.

The Aggies’ opponent Friday is Escambia, which is coached by Mike Bennett, who played for Madison at Tate from 1975-78.