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Going to school in the segregated South - Coach Ed Temple

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When Ed Temple headed off to college at what was then called Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University, he didn’t know what to expect. A Pennsylvania native, he had never before experienced life in the segregated South. Nevertheless, he stayed in Nashville following his graduation, landing a job as women’s track coach at his alma mater, now known as Tennessee State University. In a career lasting more than four decades, his Tigerbelle teams won 34 national titles. Forty of those women he coached competed in the Olympics, winning 23 medals. Looking back on his life and career, he said: “In the end, it turned out all right. I have no regrets.” Throughout its history, the Volunteer State has been home to many people who have had significant impact on the state, the country and even the world. These include former presidents, other political leaders, captains of industry, soldiers, scientists, inventors, entertainers, athletes and many more. Tri-Star Chronicles is a project dedicated to shining a spotlight on some of those people who have changed history, for good or for bad, over the last half century or so. These are their stories – and, as Tennesseans, our stories as well. http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/tri-star-chronicles