This is the second episode of my conversation with former Homewood High School Principal and Superintendent Michael Gross. In the first episode we talked about the beginning of the school system, opening of the high school and the unique challenges he faced. 

We had a long conversation so I took out all the mentions of athletics and have produced an episode with those outtakes. We talked about the first coach and were Homewood played their first football games. 

Money was tight but there were people in the community that made things easier. From a benevolent sporting goods dealer to a super fan to a booster club and community that rallied around the school to start things off the right way. 

Finally we talk about how the championship football team had to win in court before they could ever win the championship at Legion Field. 

This would be a good time to remind you to keep an eye out for the book “Fighting Patriots. The first three years of Homewood High School Footbal” which will be published this spring. You can listen to my episode with Wade Kirkpatrick to learn more about the book at

Michael Gross and Homewood High Athletics | Shades Cahaba Oral History Project