CECIL PATTERSON
Physical Education - Social Science
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I remember:
The first time I recall meeting Coach Patterson was at the beginning of my 7th grade year. I had gone to the library at SE and heard some noise behind the school so went around the school to the back lawn and saw that the noise was the football team practicing. I don't recall who was on the team at that time, but Corky Taylor was probably with them. As I was standing in the way of practice, I was told to move, and did rather than have those big guys run over me. I can recall watching for a little while and sometime during that time, Cecil Patterson walked over to me and asked what grade I was in and if I planned on playing football. I believe I told him that I was just a 7th grader at Wm. A. Knotts. He said that I should consider football when I reached SE as I was good sized.  Needless to say, I was impressed! 
Clark Smith
 
 
 
 
 
The Kansas City Star
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PICK SOUTHEAST MENTOR.
Cecil Patterson Is Named Area’s
 Prep Coach of Year.
 
Cecil Patterson has been selected prep football coach of the year in the Greater Kansas City areas by a poll of sports-writers, officials, coaches and principals. The selection is sponsored annually by the Knute Rockne club.
Patterson guided the Southeast high team to nine straight scholastic league and city championships. He will be presented an award at the Rockne testimonial dinner at the Hotel Phillips March 4.
The award was originated in 1948.  Past winners are E. A. Markey, Northeast; C. E. Woodard, Lawrence, Kas.; Louis House, Southwest; Ed Ellis, Wyandotte; and Ted Chitwood, Raytown.
 
 
 
 
 
I remember:
 
As most guys will recall, Coach Patterson talked about "Old Bill."  "Old Bill" was a mentally impaired man who did many odd things in the Coach's hometown. If one of us did something totally stupid in school and Coach found out about it we were compared with "Old Bill." A few years later, I found out that "Old Bill" actually existed and would sleep on people's front porches or wherever he wanted to sleep. He was rather a pitiful individual and most folks in the town would humor him and send him along with a meal, clothing, and a blessing.
Clark Smith
 
Coach Patterson's Health Class was chaotic to say the least.  There were entirely too many folks in one room and the assignments were non-existent.  The main occurrence was "Spat Time." He had several wooden paddles with holes in them which were used to deliver punishment for various infractions of school and class rules. I can recall giving and receiving my fair share.
Clark Smith
 
 
Coach Cecil Paterson's Retirement
There is a special webpage featuring Coach Pattersons retirement.  It can be found in The Crusader section under Southeast Activities - Football.
 
 
 
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