Chattanooga-(WDEF) Surprising coaching change at Brainerd high school. Legendary basketball coach Robert High was let go.
Robert High has been at Brainerd High school for over forty years. And on Friday, he learned that he wouldn’t be back next season. Said High, "I had a request from the principal to meet with him this morning to go over some things. He mentioned that he wanted all of his coaches in the building. I haven't been in the building(teaching) since 2006. I retired from teaching. My plans were to leave next year. Was going to do it one more year. I've got great bunch of kids coming back. We had talked about it, and they said you need to stay here with us. I was going to stay one more year."
High won three state championships at Brainerd, and last season, he eclipsed one-thousand career victories. 1,001 to be exact. "And to have been involved in something that long, and then all at once, the door closes. It hurts. But you know what, life goes on."
The gym at Brainerd is name for High and former girls coach Carolyn Jackson, who stepped down following last season.
"I was talking to Carolyn. She said Robert, we've got some things that nobody can take away. She said nobody can take away the memories. Nobody can take away your state championships. Nobody can take away the name of the gym. One of the greatest times of my life is when I go to the mailbox or I get a phone call from my kids, and they say coach, I'm graduating from TSU or from Morehouse or from wherever on such and such a day. That's the most fulfilling part of this job. And that's what it's all about, developing young people into productive adults."