Francis G Tate

Graduating class of 1930

FRANCIS G. TATE, SR. 1930A Fran Tate graduated from Central in 1930 where he competed in track, setting the / Mile State record. He went on to obtain his Bachelor’s degree from Keene State (1934), his Masters in education from UNH (1942), and an advanced degree in Physical Education from Boston University (1951). He is known throughout as “Mr. Track,” and has been described as the finest track coach ever produced in the history of New Hampshire track. He began his teaching and track coaching career at Portsmouth High where in 7 years, his teams won 5 State Spring Track Championships, and three Winter Track Championships. He returned to Manchester (1942-1956) as a teacher and coach at both West and Central. In a four year period at Central his teams won 3 Cross Country State Championships, and 3 runners-up in Spring Track; in addition, they won Winter Track four times. In the 1944-45 school year, he coached Central basketball to a State Championship, and West to a State Cross-Country Championship. His tenure at Nashua (1956-1971) is perhaps unmatchable. His teams won 13 consecutive Winter Track State Championships, and 13 Spring Track Championships, including eight consecutive. In addition, Nashua Track teams won 3 New England crowns and were runners-up once. In 1956, he established and directed the New Hampshire Decathlon, the first high school event of its kind in the nation. In 1981, the new track facility at Nashua High was named in his honor in recognition of his long time efforts and contributions to the sport. The recipient of many awards, Fran was named Coach of the Year (1969), and received the Distinguished Service Award (1983) from the National High School Coaches Association. He was voted into the National Hall of Fame, and received the Carl Lundholm, the Walter Smith, and the William Loeb Awards.