North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Association Spotlight: Black History Month — Clarence Moore


During the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, the NCHSAA website will feature information about African-Americans who have made major contributions to the great tradition of high school sports in our state. We hope you find these both entertaining and informative.

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The late Clarence Moore was one of North Carolina’s top coaches during his career, which really spanned from 1928 through 1968.

A 1928 graduate of Shaw University, Moore first coached for six years at Highland High in Gastonia, where he was that school’s first football coach. He actually had two successful stints as a coach at Stephens-Lee High in Asheville, where he coached football, basketball and basketball from 1934-40 and again from 1948-68.

From 1941 through ’47 he was the owner and manager of the famed Asheville Blues baseball team, which is recognized in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

His teams won North Carolina High School Athletic Conference state championships in three sports, going undefeated to win a 1957 state football championship, a baseball crown in ’58, and then a basketball title in 1962. Moore was the high school coach for the legendary Henry Logan, who later was an all-American at Western Carolina.

Clarence was inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2003.