Arlton Grover was a graduate of the
University of Pittsburgh where he received his B.S. degree in 1931 and
subsequently his M.E. degree. He coached football and baseball at East
Washington High School from 1931 until 1945 and basketball until 1950.
In 15 years, his football teams compiled a win-loss-tie record of
73-38-7, including his 1935 undefeated and unscored upon team.
While he loved football, his real passion was for basketball where his
teams won 215 while losing 52 and capturing eight sectional titles in a
ten-year period. One newspaper report read, “When you are inclined to
get into a discussion on basketball records, a good subject would be the
teams produced by Arlton Grover.” It added, “Never being blessed with a
bumper crop of material, Grover put together his teams by hard work and
In addition to his coaching, teaching, and administrative duties, from
1939 to 1942 Coach Grover was the business manager for the Washington
Red Birds, a St. Louis Cardinal farm team. He also officiated high
school football games during the late 1940s and early 1950s.
After giving up coaching and leaving East Washington, he was Supervising
Principal of the Harmony Township School District for five years and of
the Coudersport School District, in Potter County, for 17 years. During
these years he could frequently be found at the school basketball court
or on the local golf course.