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Dalton High School Alumnus Bill Mayo Named 2024 Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Dalton, Georgia – Dalton Public Schools is proud to announce that Bill Mayo, a distinguished alumnus from the class of 1981, will be inducted into the 2024 Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor recognizes Mayo's outstanding contributions to high school football both as a player and coach.

Bill Mayo's path to the Hall of Fame commenced with his outstanding high school career at Dalton High School, where he played under head coach Bill Chappell. At Dalton, Mayo distinguished himself as an exceptional football player, earning Georgia Class AAA All-State Selection honors in both his junior and senior years and being named Lineman of the Year in 1980. His remarkable performance on the field was paralleled by his academic excellence, culminating in his recognition as an Academic All-American.

After graduating from high school in 1981, Bill Mayo continued his football career at the University of Tennessee under the guidance of head coach Johnny Majors. During his time with the Volunteers, Mayo achieved significant success, becoming a four-year starter and earning numerous accolades, including First Team All-SEC honors in 1983 and 1984, SEC Lineman of the Year in 1984, and recognition as an NCAA Consensus All-American in 1984. Mayo's consistency and skill on the field made him a crucial player for the team, as he started 46 of his 47 games, a record that remained unbroken for many years.

Following his playing career, Bill Mayo transitioned into coaching, where he dedicated himself to developing young athletes. Mayo's coaching journey began as a Graduate Assistant Coach at the University of Tennessee. Upon returning to his hometown, Mayo continued to make a profound impact, serving in various coaching roles over the years. He spent nine years at the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department (DPRD), followed by nine years at Dalton Middle School, where he nurtured the talents of aspiring athletes. Mayo's commitment to coaching extended to Dalton High School, where he dedicated 12 years to shaping the football program and mentoring student-athletes. Throughout his coaching career, Mayo's dedication and passion for the sport left an indelible mark on the Dalton community, earning him respect and admiration from players, colleagues, and fans alike.

Reflecting on his induction, Mayo shared, “I am very honored to be included in the Hall of Fame and to represent Dalton High School.”

The Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2024 will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, October 26, at the College Football Hall of Fame. This year's selection process involved meticulous review and voting by the Hall's board members, ultimately recognizing 30 outstanding individuals from various eras of high school football.

Bill Mayo's induction is a testament to his exceptional talent, dedication, and contributions to high school football in Dalton Public Schools and across the state of Georgia. Dalton Public Schools celebrates this momentous achievement and congratulates Bill Mayo on his well-deserved recognition.

For more information about the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame and the Class of 2024 inductees, please visit http://www.scoreatl.com.