The Heritage Collection

1896 Football Team

G. Willard Shear took this studio photograph of the 1896 DeFuniak Springs Football Team. Unfortunately, the history of this team and the names of its players remain a mystery, but it may have been the Florida State Normal School team. The team played Pensacola on February 22, 1896, and won

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State Normal School

The State Normal School in DeFuniak Springs opened on October 3, 1887, and had 16 students. These are said to be students at the State Normal School in DeFuniak Springs, but their identities have not been proven. Please let us know if you can identify anyone. [Source: “Students Ignore History”

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