In Memory

Paul Jenkins (Athletic Director)

Paul Jenkins (Faculty)

Paul Jenkins, successful coach and athletic director for 44 years, St. Petersburg (FL) Times (February 28, 1985) by Romaine Kosharsky

Paul J. Jenkins, 79, retired athletic director at Northeast High School and a football coach at St. Petersburg High School from 1949 to 1954, died Wednesday (Feb. 27, 1985) at his residence, 1200 45th St. N.
Until his retirement in 1972, Mr. Jenkins had served as the head of sports at Northeast since the school opened in 1954. He also taught journalism and was the advisor for the school newspaper and yearbook.
In all, Mr. Jenkins enjoyed success over 44 years in scholastic sports.
Before coming to St. Petersburg, he was the coach at high schools in Ashland and Louisville both in Kentucky, in Portsmouth, Ohio and at Vero Beach High School.
During this period, his football teams won 165 games, lost 29 and tied 6. Included among those victories were nine state championships in Kentucky. At St. Petersburg, his teams won 21 and lost 25.
In Kentucky, he was twice named "Coach of the Year," and he coached the state's all-star football and basketball teams and was a member of the American Coaches football rules committee. He also won three state basketball championships, as well as ones in golf, tennis, swimming and baseball.
Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he came here in 1949 from Vero Beach. He attended St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky in 1928, where he was quarterback of the football team and captain for two years of the basketball team.
Survivors include two sons, Paul J. Jr., Raleigh, N.C., and Robert J. Largo; two daughters, Joann Fraser, Salem, N.C., and Mary Lee Bates, Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Edith Craig, Louisville, and five grandchildren.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at John S. Rhodes, West Chapel, 900 49th St. N., where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, with Rev. Anne Burkholder officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.