Grady High School will have a new head football coach and athletic director beginning with the 2014/15 school year in the wake of the address fraud scandal. Atlanta Public Schools said in a media statement yesterday that there have been suspensions, reassignments and resignations by school employees and the majority of lay coaches involved with the Grady football team have been dismissed from the program.

More than a dozen students on the Grady football team were found to be fraudulently enrolled at the school, with parents using forged and faked documents. APS Superintendent Erroll Davis said in a statement that he district plans to move forward with pursuing the prosecution of all parents who falsified documents and seeking tuition payments from families who lived outside of the city of Atlanta.

Earthwind C. Moreland has been assigned to serve as the interim physical education teacher and football coach. A graduate and former All-City football player at Grady, Moreland previously served as a special teams wide receivers and assistant defensive backs coach for Grady and North Atlanta high schools. Prior to joining APS, Moreland played football in college, where he received numerous All-American honors and played professional football for the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.