The Good Ground of Central High
Little Rock Central High School and Legendary Coach Wilson Matthews
George M. Cate

Lessons learned at the famous school—many from a demanding coach—
last a lifetime

“When I picked up George Cate’s manuscript I could not put it down.”
—Brian Cox, author of Tiger Pride

This engrossing autobiographical account of a student athlete who is hardened by a tough coach in a soon-to-be famous high-school setting, brings the civil rights era into focus.

George M. Cate, a journalist’s son, attended Little Rock Central from 1949 through 1951. He saw both noble and ignoble interracial behaviors, which he documents clearly. Lessons learned at practices and games remain indelibly imprinted on Cate, now retired.

6 x 9, 216 pages
$19.95 paper
ISBN 978-1-935106-03-6 | 1-935106-03-1
$37.95 cloth
ISBN 978-1-935106-02-9 |1-935106-02-3

Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies