Dedication on Oct. 1, 2021
“We are sure you all have noticed something new, actually very OLD in front of Harris-Little Fieldhouse, at White County High School. You see, this rock once had its home at East Sparta Elementary School. In front of it, a group of well-respected young men called the “Patrol Boys” would direct traffic. We are told it was one of the highest honors you could have in the school.
When East Sparta Elementary was torn down, Bill Johnson moved this sentimental piece of Sparta history to his farm. He had been one of these Patrol Boys, and this memory of his childhood meant a lot to him. His family has allowed us to move it back to a Sparta school, WCHS - and it has made its home in Warrior Stadium.
Thank you to the Johnson family for allowing this piece of history to be in a place where Sparta students and alumni can enjoy it for years to come. The tradition has begun this season.
Bill Johnson was a WCHS Warrior, played guard for the University of Tennessee, was All-American, Academic All-American, and All-SEC, but, most importantly, he was a giver to White County schools and to the entire Sparta community all of his life. He chose to give silently, without recognition and made so many things possible for so many, including our football program. We hope the rock reminds all who touch it that the quality of life is measured not by what you get but by what you give back.
We are thankful to have the Johnson family here with us tonight as this piece of history is dedicated in Warrior Stadium. Thank you for your support of Warrior Football and White County youth.”
(The rock actually was down the street by East Sparta Elementary where they helped students cross safely. If you drive by there, you will actually see the other rock still there in front of the green house built on East Quill Cope Street.)