Charles L. Price
The Charles L. Price Scholarship is named for a man who dedicated many years to secondary athletic programs. Charles L. Price, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, played football four years at Parker-Gray High School.
Charles attended Virginia State College where he lettered in football four years and track three years. In 1945, he was an All-American fullback at Virginia State and was also selected as the African American Most Valuable Player in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference.
After graduation, Charles returned to teach at Parker-Gray for one season as an assistant coach in football, basketball, and track. In 1947, he tried out for professional football with the Los Angeles Dons, but didn’t make the team. He was farmed out to the Hawaiian Warriors of the Pacific Coast League where he played fullback for a year.
Charles began teaching at Lucy Addison in Roanoke, Virginia where he remained for eleven years. Charles came to Luther Jackson High School in Fairfax County to serve as head coach for football and assistant coach for basketball during a six-year tenure. In 1964, his football team won the district and state championship with a 9-0 record. In 1965, Mr. Price was appointed head football coach at the newly opened Langley High School in McLean, Virginia, becoming the first African-American Coach of a AAA high school in Virginia.
Charles Price has been inducted into the following: Parker-Gray High School Hall of Fame, Fairfax County Athletic Hall of Fame, Virginia State University Hall of Fame, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Hall of Fame. Mr. Price died in 2017. NVADACA is honored to award a scholarship in Mr. Price’s name.