Hixson High’s Coach Vandergriff celebrates retirement


From left, Roger Vandergriff stands with his wife Elizabeth and fellow HHS coaches Garrick Hall, Athletic Director Brian Bray and Casey Thompson.

Roger Vandergriff has spent nearly his entire academic and professional life at Hixson High School, but this past year he walked through its halls for the last time. The retiring wrestling coach and teacher was recently celebrated in a gathering of teammates and students, past and present, as well as family and friends in the HHS cafeteria. During his 36-year tenure, he coached 18 individual state champions over the years, as well as 72 state tournament medalists.