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If Heaven Can Send Smiles, Coach Henderson Had a Big One Friday; Benches Dedicated in his Memory


Coach Conrad Henderson would have been so proud of his Stanhope Elmore High School Mustangs Friday night, as they took on Selma and left the field with a winning score of 24-0. This brings the Mustangs to six wins, one loss overall, and undefeated in their district.

The Mustangs are on their way to achieving their best record ever since moving up to the 6A Division, Principal Ewell Fuller said. “It is an exciting time, and we are so proud of our football team, assistant coaches and Coach Brian Bradford,” he said. “Honestly, we have so much good happening within the entire school this year. You can feel the excitement with not only athletics, but academics and extra-curricular activities. It is great to be a Mustang.”

The game against Selma was dedicated to the memory of Coach Henderson, who passed away in July of this year. The first official Head Coach for the Mustangs back in the 1960s, and later a Principal at the school, was honored with a bench on the football field for players in his name. The name of the field itself, Foshee-Henderson Stadium, is also a nod to Henderson, as well as former Head Coach Jimmy Foshee.

Another bench was also made possible through donations, and will be placed in the school, but also with a dedication plaque to Coach Henderson. While Henderson may not be able to occupy his regular spot in the stands anymore, his friends and loved ones said they still feel his presence. His love for all things SEHS and the Millbrook community will continue.

The two new benches were made possible by the amazing efforts of the SEHS Recycling Club.

The club has been accepting plastic lids and caps for some time now, in the hopes of having two benches made from recycled material for the school. Their dreams came true, and the benches were brought to the school last week. Both benches have a plaque on them, one from the Class of 1985 and the other from the Staff and Faculty of SEHS, both honoring Coach Henderson.

Family members present to witness the unveiling of the benches included Mike Henderson, Deborah Henderson, Michele Henderson Horn and Wayne Henderson.

If you are interested in learning more about the SEHS Recycling Club, follow them on Facebook or contact the school. Please see the graphic about what is and what is not accepted by the club.

SEHS Principal Ewell Fuller, at right, unveils two new benches dedicated in honor of Coach Conrad Henderson during Friday night’s game for the Henderson family members present.
Here is what is and is not accepted by the SEHS Recycling Club. You can drop them at the school or the Millbrook Recycling Center.