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Dupont High School Football
October 5, 2017

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Jesse Skiles will present "Dupont High School Football" in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Jesse Skiles will discuss his book DuPont Football History, 1939-1998 (Bookmasters, Inc., 2017), a yearbook-style history that chronicles the school's football history from the establishment of the high school through the final game played before closure of the school in 1999. In addition to the history of the football program, the 360-page book looks at how the schools in the eastern end of the Kanawha Valley have been tied to local industry:from the salt works at Malden, to the boom in coal industry in the area, to the advent of the DuPont Plant in 1925. In researching the book, Skiles spent much time looking at newspapers in the Archives and History Library.

Skiles is a native of Kanawha County and a direct descendant of one of Charleston's oldest families. He graduated from DuPont High in 1982 after playing football for the Panthers and went on to a college track career at Glenville State College, where he earned a teaching degree (Social Studies 5-12, Language Arts 7-12).

Skiles has coached track and cross country for more than 30 years, having been head coach at Gilmer County High School and Glenville State College, and a graduate assistant at Marshall University before being hired as head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is currently in his 26th year as the head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan. Last May, he officially retired from the track side but will continue to coach cross country for the last few years of his career. Skiles's teams have won 63 conference championships, and he has been named league Coach of the Year a record 52 times.

While coaching, Skiles also worked as a writer for the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram for 21 years, 1995-2016. In 2005, he published Mountaineer Dreams, and he has written statistical histories on Richwood basketball (1994, 1999), Woodrow Wilson basketball (1994, 1999), Mullens basketball (1996), Franklin basketball (1996), and DuPont basketball (1994).

Participants may park behind the Culture Center after 5:00 p.m. on October 5 and enter the building at the back loading dock area. There also is limited handicapped parking available in the new bus turnaround.

For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

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