Milton Frank

From Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame
 Popular Football Coach and Businessman

Born:September 5, 1910, Nashville, TN
Died:April 10, 1967, Huntsville, Alabama
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama
Synagogue:103 Lincoln Street SE
Father of:Morris Werthan Frank
Husband of:Zimmie Wise Frank


•  Son of Amilton Frank (1882-1945) and Alma Worthan Frank -

•  "A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he was a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he played football. He came to Alabama in 1934, following his graduation, to be head football coach and a teacher at Huntsville High School. He remained a resident of Huntsville for the rest of his life. For 12 years he directed athletics at the high school, then resigned in 1946 to enter the jewelry business. He became a co-owner of a jewelry store in Huntsville and vice-president of one in Mobile. He was a past president of the Huntsville Shrine and Optimist Clubs, a past president of Temple B'nai Sholom congregation in Huntsville, and a member of the city board of education for five years before his death, serving as chairman of the board in 1966. A few weeks before his death the name of Huntsville Stadium was changed to Milton Frank Stadium in his honor. He died in a local hospital and was buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville." - Marks

•  Milton Frank II was on a football scholarship at the University of Tennessee, playing for the legendary Robert Neyland. - Zimmie's Page

•  "'Coach' Frank held a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee (1934), and a Master's Degree from George Peabody College in Physical Education and School Administration. He did some work towards a Ph.D. degree." - Sesquicentennial

•  September 2, 1934: "Milton Frank, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, was named football coach at Huntsville High School." - Eden

•  Milton Frank came to Huntsville in 1934 as coach and athletic director at the Huntsville High School; a position he held until 1946. - Sesquicentennial

•  Milton and Zimmic were natives of Tennessee. Mr. Frank was from Nashville and Mrs. Frank was from Knoxville. - Sesquicentennial

•  "Coached Huntsville High to 81 wins in 12 seasons (1934-1946). Coach Frank chaired the drive to build a new stadium in Huntsville. That stadium bears his name today. He entered private business in 1946 (Rose Jewelers)." - Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame

•  99-13-11 during his tenure at Huntsville High as football coach. - Zimmie's Page

•  "Madison County Hall of Famer, coached HHS to victory for 12 seasons." - Pilgrimage

•  Zimmie and Milton had two sons Buster and Butch. Both sons went to the University of Alabama on football scholarships and played for Bryant. - Zimmie's Page

•  "During World War II, Mr. Frank was Superintendent of Production at Redstone Arsenal for four years. Also, during the Korean Conflict he was connected with Redstone in the field of ammunition manufacturing." - Sesquicentennial

•  Foreman on a munitions line at Redstone Arsenal, where B-26 bombs were made. His son, Dr. Milton "Butch" Frank III, said "It was dangerous work. There were explosions sometimes. He got burned several times." - Zimmie's Page

•  Other civic activities listed in Nilsson's book: "President of Shriners, board member of Christmas Charities and the Huntsville Industrial Expansion Committee, and for five years a director of the Boys Club." - Nilsson

•  "Mr. Frank served as president of the Huntsville High School P.T.A. for the past two years. He was a former member and president of the Acme Club. Mr. Frank was a very optimistic Optimist member; serving as Vice President, President, Chairman of the Boy's work and Co-chairman of Optimist Park." - Sesquicentennial

•  This is the information about Rose Jewelry Co. found in the Sesquicentennial book published in 1955: "The Rose Jewelry Company was located No. 7 East Side Square, was purchased by the Frank Brothers in April of 1946. It was founded in 1944. Rose Jewelry Company's services cover all of North Alabama. They carry a wide assortment of jewelry, diamonds, watches, silver, crystal, china, gifts, and athletic equipment. Another service of the company is watch and jewelry repair. There are eight people employed locally. Rose Jewelry has branches in Decatur, Alabama, and Pulaski, Tennessee, as well as the Huntsville store. There are three brothers associated with the Rose Jewelry Company, Milton, M. W., and Richard." - Sesquicentennial

•  President of Temple B'nai Sholom, 1958-1959. - Goldsmith

•  "A few weeks before his death, the state legislature voted to change the name of Huntsville Stadium to Milton Frank Stadium." - Nilsson

Related Links:

• - Page owned by amerabeech and can be viewed only with an paid subscription. (Originally found at

•  Eden - Eden of the South: A Chronology of Huntsville, Alabama, 1805-2005, by Raneé G. Pruitt, Editor, 2005, page 151.

•  Find A Grave - Page created by Leigh Ann

•  Goldsmith - Article titled "Extracts Contributed from Temple B'nai Sholom Rededication" for The Historic Huntsville Quarterly of Local Architecture and Preservation published by The Historic Huntsville Foundation, Winter 1994 - XX:4, Elise H Stephens, Editor, Index Issue, page 206.

•  Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame - Bio

•  Marks - Alabama Past Leaders, by Henry S. and Marsha Kass Marks, 1982, page 104.

•  Nilsson - Why Is It Named That? by Dex Nilsson, 2005, page 110.

•  Pilgrimage - Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll, by Huntsville Pilgrimage Association, 2012.

•  Sesquicentennial - Commemorative Album, Celebrating our City's Sesquicentennial of Progress, Huntsville, Alabama, by James E. Taylor, General Chairman, 1955, page 279.

•  Zimmie's Page - In the "Find A Grave" website, Heather created a page for Milton's wife, Zimmie. It has biographical details for both Milton and Zimmie.

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  103 Lincoln Street SE
•  Eden
•  Goldsmith
•  Morris Werthan Frank
•  Nilsson
•  Pilgrimage
•  Sesquicentennial
•  Zimmie Wise Frank