The Good Ground of Central High

Little Rock Central High School and Legendary Coach Wilson Matthews
George M. Cate
September 2008

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“When I picked up George Cate’s manuscript I could not put it down.”
—Brian Cox, author of Tiger Pride

This engrossing autobiographical account of a student athlete who is hardened by a tough coach in a soon-to-be famous high-school setting, brings the civil rights era into focus.

George M. Cate, a journalist’s son, attended Little Rock Central from 1949 through 1951. He saw both noble and ignoble interracial behaviors, which he documents clearly. Lessons learned at practices and games remain indelibly imprinted on Cate, now retired.

Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.