Sylvester R. "Sal" Hall (1910-1988) was a highly regarded and highly successful football and track and field coach at the old Cardozo High School (Ninth Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW) during 1942-48 and at Cardozo's current location (the 1200 block of Clifton Street, NW) during 1954-1962.

His teams played many perfect seasons (including 63 consecutive wins during 1942-48), set world records, and won many titles. Hall himself received numerous honors. For example, in 1947 New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Powers named him "Track Coach of the Year," and the Washington Pigskin Club voted him High School Football Coach of the Year in 1947, 1948, and 1954. In 1986 the Cardozo stadium at 11th Street and Florida Avenue, NW, was renamed in his honor.

Hall started his career at his alma mater, Howard University, where he served for six years as assistant basketball coach. (He earned both a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's in Education at Howard.) Hall retired as principal of Carter G. Woodson Junior High, on Minnesota Avenue, NE.


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