Petition to name the new Field House, William J. Furcron Field House at Dudley High School.
William J. Furcron (Deceased) Dudley High School 1956 – 1970 Education: Bachelor of Science Degree from Hampton Institute, Master of Science Degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University. Accomplishments: William (Bill) Furcron coached the Dudley basketball Program for a generation, playing for four state titles and winning twice in a seven-year span from 1956-1961 with a team considered one of the greatest in high school basketball history. Three of the athletes on that team were Curly Neal, Lou Hudson and Charlie Sanders, all of whom were previously inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. He also coached the basketball team to a State Runner-Up in 1956. As Athletic Director and head Football Coach, he coached the 1967 Football Team to a State Co-Championship title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Conference. In 1968, he switched from the North Carolina High School Athletic Conference to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. In that year, William coached his football team to a City Co-Championship and Conference Co-Championship. His team made it to the first round of the State playoffs where they lost to Fike High School 21-14. As Athletic Director, William expressed a keen interest in the education of his athletes. To allow his athletes ample time to study, he had all athletes take gym during the last class period of the day. During this period, athletes were required to do their homework and study. Also, those athletes who were struggling in their studies were tutored by other athletes. This practice resulted in a record numbers of athletes making the A and B honor rolls. To prepare his athletes for college, he encouraged them to take the PSAT in their junior year to prepare for the SAT. Under his watch, all Dudley athletes were required to dress and conduct themselves like ladies and gentlemen at all times. Dudley athletes today are still required to meet that standard. Honors: Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2007 Professional Experience: James B. Dudley High School Athletic Director, Head Football and Basketball Coach, Chemistry Teacher and Advisor to Honor Society.