L.T. Smith

Born: September 10, 1918

Died: October 2, 2002

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Year of Induction: 1998


High School Career

Lanier High School (1932-1938)


College Career

Jackson State College (1938)
Tougaloo College (1939, 1946-1947)


Coaching Career

• Alexander High School, Brookhaven, MS (1942-1944)

• Bell Street High School, Grenada, MS (1944-1945)

• Head Coach, Lanier High School, Jackson, MS (1945-1968)

• SWAC football and basketball official for 30 years

• Father of the JSU homecoming parade


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Tougaloo College (1993)

• Mississippi Association of Coaches (1979)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1998)


Did You Know?

Until 1951, Coach Smith’s football teams had to use shoe polish to write numbers on their jerseys. A picture of the jerseys is upstairs in the high school gallery.

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