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Sanford T. Roach, educator/coach

Sanford T. Roach was the first black principal of an integrated elementary school in Lexington and worked as an adviser to two Lexington mayors. He is a member of the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Kentucky State University in 1937, Roach returned to his high school in Danville to teach and coach basketball. His no-nonsense approach to disciplining players earned him great attention: During the district tournament in 1941, he benched his five starting players for violating a curfew rule.

Roach was then hired by Dunbar High School in Lexington, where he taught biology, physiology, and anatomy. In 1943, he became head basketball coach. Over the next two decades, his teams compiled an impressive 512-142 record.

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