East St. Louis High School -- Athletics
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Wirt Downing was principal of East St. Louis High School and its head coach for football and track from the 1940s through the 1980s. He retired with one of the winningest coaching records in the state, 144-18-7.
The Wirt Downing Papers consist of correspondence, clippings, honors, photos, and ephemera from collected during his tenure as track and football coach of East St. Louis High School and his long career in East St. Louis education.