History of Milton Frank Stadium

Who was Milton Frank?

Milton Frank Stadium is a 12,000 seat multi-purpose stadium located at 2801 15th Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805,  in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1949, ground was broken for the Milton Frank Stadium (which at the time was Huntsville Stadium), and it opened in 1962. Milton Frank had been a strong advocate for the need to build the stadium, chairing the drive to build it.

Mr. Milton Frank II was born September 5, 1910, in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of Amilton Frank and Alma Worthan Frank.

Milton was the husband of Zimmie Wise Frank (Born: March 15, 1912 Died: January 10, 2007) and the father of Morris Wethau "Buster" Frank (Born: February 5, 1941 Died: December 2, 1998) and  Dr. Milton "Butch" Frank III (retired) of Georgia, both of whom played under Coach Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama.

Milton was a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he played football. In 1934 after he graduated, he came to Alabama to be the head football coach and a teacher at Huntsville High School. Once he moved to Huntsville, he was a resident of this city until his passing away on April 10, 1967. He is buried at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville.

During his tenure at Huntsville High School, he directed the athletics department, then resigned in 1946 to enter the jewelry business. He was a co-owner with his brothers, M.W. and Richard, of Rose Jewelry Store in Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama, as well as a store in Pulaski, Tennessee.

Milton Frank was a past president of Temple B’nai Sholom in Huntsville, and a member of the City Board of Education for five years before his death, serving as Chairman of the Board in 1966.

A few weeks before he died, the State Legislature changed the name  of “Huntsville Stadium” to “Milton Frank Stadium” in honor of him.

In 1989, the Huntsville-Madison County Hall of Fame inducted Milton Frank as a member of the Hall of Fame.

For additional facts and historical information on Mr. Milton Frank, please visit the Huntsville History Collection, the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame, or the Alabama High School Football Head Coach webpages by clicking the following links:

http://huntsvillehistorycollection.org/hh/index.php?title=Person:Milton_Frank

http://www.hmcahof.com/inductee_alphabetical.php?myindex=58

http://www.ahsfhs.org/Coaches/coachestop.asp?Coach=Milton%20Frank

 

***PHOTO OF MILTON FRANK WAS OBTAINED THROUGH THE HUNTSVILLE HISTORY COLLECTION WEBPAGE***

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