North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Burke County Facilities To Be Named In Glen Alpine


GLEN ALPINE —Two well respected athletic figures from this Burke County community are scheduled to be honored on Saturday, according to the Morganton News-Herald.

The special dedication event will name both the football field and press box at the former Glen Alpine High School facility.

The football field will be named the “Coach Ralph E. Wilson Football Field,” while the green and white press box will be called the “Coach Graham ‘Pee Wee’ Anderson Announcer’s Box”.

Coach Ralph “Jug” Wilson was the head football coach of the Glen Alpine High School Green Wave from 1949-73, where he captured 15 Skyline Conference football championships. He also served as the head coach at Freedom High in Morganton from 1973-82 and was inducted into both the Western North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the Burke County Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. He died in 1999.

Anderson played on the first Glen Alpine football team – which was known as the Gobblers – coached by Wilson in 1949 and went on to coach for years in the Glen Alpine Recreation Department. Anderson is now 76 years old.