Dora High School football features a long, storied history dating back to 1925.
(Walker Area Community Foundation)


Since 1925, the Dora High School Bulldogs have been the standard of excellency in east Walker County.

Dora High School’s first football team took the field in 1925 under head coach J.K. Hall. The inaugural Bulldog squad finished the six-game season 2-2-2 with wins over Oakman and Quinton.

During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps went to work around Dora building bridges, libraries, schools, and football fields. In 1937, Dora played their first game inside their new football stadium, Watkins Field. The new stadium was named after Sam. J. Watkins, the mayor during the early 1930s and helped raise money for the new school.


Between that first season in 1925 and 1933, the Bulldogs had six different head coaches combine for a record of 32-35-9. Coach Loy Vaughn went 33-16-3 between 1934 and 1939 and, in 1951, The Birmingham News awarded a “mythical” state championship to Dora (8-1-0).

The 1959 season saw the Bulldogs go undefeated for the first time ever, outscoring opponents 302-63 under fourth-year head coach Wallace Reid. They shut out Carbon Hill, Parrish, and Corner on their way to a perfect 10-0 record.

As the population of Walker County began to grow, the need for new schools became necessary and the Walker County Board of Education began working on a new facility in Dora near Highway 78. Crews completed the new Dora High School in 1969.

One of the men who championed the new school was named Horace Roberts, an icon in the Dora community.

He owned a small store down below Dora.

“If somebody was having a hard time and came in needing food, they left with food,” Gene Gravlee said.

According to Gravlee, there was a forest fire that broke out below Dora, and several homes were threatened by the blaze. Roberts took his tractor and rode into the fire plowing firebreaks to save homes.

In 1971, the year after the first class graduated from the new high school, the Bulldogs took the field on the newly christened Horace Roberts Field.

Dora has captured eight region championships, the first in 1978 when the Bulldogs finished 9-2 in Class 3A, Region 9. That same year was also the Bulldogs’ first Playoff appearance.

Dora has had 87 players named to All-State teams, including 30 named 1st-team all-state.

Name Years W-L-T
Chavis Williams 2021-Current 14-9
Bart Lockhart 2017-2020 21-23
Mike Cain 2015-2016 4-16
Johnny Wright 2012-2014 22-14
Dustan Goode 2011 9-3
Martin Glover 2008-2010 6-25
Tony Johnson 2007 1-9
Johnny Wright 2001-2006 55-16
Joe LaBue 1999-2000 1-19
Royce Young 1997-1998 5-15
Tim O'Neal 1994-1996 12-18
Joey Jones 1991-1993 24-11
Mike Burrow 1989-1990 5-15
Billy Coleman 1986-1988 26-11
Don Flippo 1980-1985 42-24
Don Cox 1975-1979 33-16-1
Scott Blackmon 1973-1974 2-17-1
Kenneth Townley 1967-1972 28-29-2
Joe Baughn 1964-1966 11-17-1
Wallace Reid 1956-1963 53-19-6
Jack Morris 1955 3-5-1
Charles Kirkpatrick 1954 5-4
Murphy Seal 1949-1953 31-14-2
Earl Douglas 1948 2-8
Walter Nicholson 1947 1-7
Ralph Gandy 1946 7-2
E.A. Moore 1945 1-5-1
Ivy Andrews 1943-1944 1-14-2
Virgil Ledbetter 1942 3-3-1
Charlie Douglas 1941 3-3-2
A.J. McDaniel 1940 4-5
Loy Vaughn 1934-1939 33-16-3
Fred Sheridan 1930-1933 13-18-1
Euil Snitz Snider 1929 6-3-1
Floyd Brown 1928 5-4-1
Andrey Fuller 1927 2-4-1
S.H. Sherman 1926 4-4
J.K. Hall 1925 2-2-2
1st Team All-State
Name Year
Glenn Parker 1951
Morris Savage 1954
Ronnie Sides 1959
John Vinston 1959
John Vintston 1959
Ronnie May 1963
Dennis Campbell 1968
David Muncher 1978
Gary Dorsey 1984
Billy Robinson 1985
Jon Gant 1985
Eli Gaines 1985
Freeman Woods 1986
Lahitia Grant 1993
Adam Russell 1993
Mario Harris 1998
Troy Miller 2002
Randy Parker 2002
Nate Corley 2002
Marquis Chapel 2003
Bradley Isbell 2003
Marquis Chapel 2006
Chavis Williams 2006
Cody Staten 2011
Joel Parrish 2012
Deionte Smith 2012
A.J. Smoot 2013
Jackson Spradlin 2016
Caleb Danner 2017
Brady Spradlin 2018
Brennan Davis 2021

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