Texas High School Coaching Extraordinaire Boston Grant Passes Away

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 22, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS — Word spread Sunday evening that USTFCCCA Hall of Fame member Boston Grant passed away. Best known for his prowess of coaching track & field at Dallas’ South Oak Cliff High School, Grant was inducted into the USTFCCCA’s Hall of Fame in 1999.

Grant taught high school business courses and coached track & field for 36 years at South Oak Cliff. He left the high school ranks in 1986 and began collegiate coaching when most people would have been content to retire. Instead, he continued to grow champions.

Grant received his B.A. in Business Education from Prairie View A & M University in 1950 and his Master’s in Administration and Supervision from Prairie View in 1973. He began his career as a teacher at Dalworth High School in Grand Prairie, Texas where he coached several future National Football League stars, including NFL Hall of Fame member Charles Taylor.

From 1967-72, he taught at various high schools in Dallas, Texas; he moved to South Oak Cliff High School in 1972, where he remained until retiring from full-time teaching in 1986. In 1988, he became the sprint coach at Southern Methodist University, and in 1990 he moved to the same position at the University of North Texas.

In his high school career, he produced 70 All Americans and was named Coach of the Year 16 times. Grant’s teams were perennial contenders, winning two city, eight district, one region, and four state titles at Dalworth and South Oak Cliff. He is a member of four Halls of Fame, including the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame and the Prairie View Athletic Hall of Fame.