When the Winder-Barrow High School football team plays its homecoming game this Friday night, it will not only be the 50th homecoming game at W. Clair Harris Stadium, but the game will be in the middle of the 50th season that the Bulldoggs have played at the stadium.
W. Clair Harris Stadium saw its first game on Sept. 1, 1967, when the Bulldoggs (then single-G Bulldogs) defeated Central Gwinnett 33-6.
The team of that season finished 7-3 under head coach Bob Dixon, now a city councilman in Winder. That was Dixon’s final season as a football coach though he continued to coach basketball at the school for a few more seasons.
Dixon’s coaching staff during that season included Robert McCain, Jimmy Jett and Jimmy Griffeth, all of whom still live in or near Barrow County.
McCain, with Dixo,n a member of the school’s Wall of Fame, went on to coach boys basketball, boys track and boys golf at the school, where he eventually became principal.
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