Friday, January 24, 2020






AHSAA Mourns the Passing of Veteran Coach Jerry Partridge

   The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the death of long-time high school teacher and football coach Jerry Partridge, 80. He passed away September 16 after an extended illness.
    A 1957 graduate of Leeds High School, Partridge began his teaching and coaching career in 1964 at West End High School.  “Jerry Partridge was a major positive influence on the lives of so many,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “He was a leader that led by his life of personal example. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife of 63 years Patricia, his four children, 11 grandchildren and numerous friends.”
    He began his teaching and coaching career in the Birmingham City Schools at West End High School in 1964 as an assistant coach, moved to Jones Valley and in 1969 became a head football coach at Phillips High School. After two years, he left to start the football program at Midfield High School in 1971. After two seasons he moved to Huffman as an assistant coach and five years later he became the head coach where he would remain through 1993. He retired from public school education after 1993 and spent six years at Coosa Valley Academy before retiring for good. His 89-80 record at Huffman still ranks him as the school’s all-time winningest football coach. He led the Vikings to the Class 6A state championship game in 1985.
     His son David Partridge is the head football coach at Shades Valley High School.
     Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 19, at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Leeds from noon until 2 p.m. The memorial service will follow immediately with burial to follow at Forest Crest Cemetery.

         A wonderful tribute to his life can be found at the following link:

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