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SR "Pop" Grimm

Football ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

Although S.R. (Pop) Grimm was Rochester High Schoolís most famous football coach, not even some of the boys who played on his teams from 1918 to 1925 knew that his initials stood for Simon Ray. But most of them respected him as a man as well as a successful coach. Before coming to Rochester in 1918 at superintendent of schools and football coach, he was principal and coach at Charleroi High School. During World War II, Pop served as a Red Cross field director with General Pattonís 72nd Armored Division from 1942 to 1946. Then he was head of the school of education at Newberry College from 1947 until his death in 1951. Popís strong Rochester High football teams compiled a fine record of 52-17-9. His 1920 Rams had a perfect 10-0 season and his 1921 team chalked up a 11-0 record before playing a scoreless tie with the powerful Westinghouse High gridders from Pittsburgh in a game that was touted as being for the mythical state championship. In the days when most high school football teams played a grind-it-out style of power football, Pop advocated a multiple offense that combined precision, deceptiveness, and hard, clean play. Some of his outstanding players were Forrest "Jap" Douds, Daryl Decker, Bitter Hoehl, Swede Bloom, Boyd Brocket, Jimmy Denton, and Tony Treglia. Pop was born in Apollo, Pennsylvania, in 1887 and died of a heart attack in 1951 at age 64.