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Glenn Scobey Warner, born on April 5, 1871 in Springville, New York, would become an important figure in Carlisle Indian Industrial School history. He was the football coach who worked with famous footballer and Olympian Jim Thorpe and went on to coach the team to a win against the Army football team in 1912. “Pop” Warner, as he was affectionately nicknamed by his players, grew up in New York and after a few years spent with his family in Texas, he attended Law School at Cornell University. It was there that Warner learned to play football.
After finding that he had a talent for the game, Warner coached at the University of Georgia and then returned to coach at his Alma Mater. In 1898, a dispute over who would be the head coach the following season led to Warner’s departure and his coaching job at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Hired by Richard H. Pratt, founder and first superintendent of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Warner was offered an astounding salary of $1,200 for the year. Warner worked with the young Native-American men to make them into a team that could compete with the other major universities around the country. He found that the Native-American boys had a different skill set than the young men he coached previously. The men were typically smaller than other college players, but they were fast and agile. The footballers at the school also gave Warner more flexibility with his plays. Warner developed several new types of plays throughout his tenure at Carlisle, which his players quickly learned. Warner was important to the Carlisle football team in many ways, but he is probably best known for his work with Jim Thorpe, Carlisle’s defeat of the Army team in 1912, and his contributions to the modern game of football. Thorpe showed his talent throughout the game and led the team to a 27-6 victory over the favored Army team. Additionally, Warner made another contribution to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School when he wrote the school song “Old Carlisle, Dear Carlisle,” that was sung to the tune of “Oh, Tannenbaum.”
During his coaching career at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Pop Warner lived in the unassuming house on Pratt Avenue, located near the primary entrance to the school. Built in 1905, the house “adopts a traditional American foursquare domestic design.” There was a trolley that transported students and faculty into town directly in front of the home on the way to a stop along what is now Armstrong Hall.
Today, the building is used as family quarters.
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