From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Passmore, Norman L., Sr.

(born: 1916  -  died: 2003) 

Norman Passmore, Sr., born in Columbus, Ga, was an exceptional student who played quarterback on the Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University] football team that won national championships in 1934 and 1937. He graduated from Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky.

Passmore was later the head football coach of the old Lexington Dunbar Bearcats, beginning in 1951 and continuing for 16 years, accumulating a record of 98 wins, 16 losses, and 6 ties while winning three state titles. He also coached for one season at Kentucky State College. He retired as principal of Henry Clay High School in 1984.

Passmore was also a pastor and a World War II veteran.

For more see M. Davis, "A classic game for a classic educator," Lexington Herald-Leader, section C,  8/29/2004; and J. Hewlett, "Long time educator dies at 87 - N. L. Passmore Sr. taught at Dunbar," Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/19/2003, City&Region section, p. B1. See also the recorded Oral History interviews of Norman Passmore in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History Collection at the Special Collections Research Center, University of Kentucky.

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