Alvin Almond was a longtime fixture at WKU and the Bowling Green, Kentucky communities. He was born to John Thornton and Zoa Johnson Almond on July 31, 1927 in Warren County, Kentucky. After graduating from WKU, Alvin became a teacher and coach at College High, WKU’s university high school. In 1956, Mr. Alvin Almond was named coach of College High where he not only excelled in his efforts as a coach, but enhanced the lives of all those he worked with. During the duration of his career as a coach, he also served as an influential member of the Kentucky High School Coaches Association Board. Alvin passed away August 31, 1968 at the age of 41.
To honor his memory, Mr. and Mrs. Almond established the Alvin Almond Memorial Achievement Fund in March of 1983. The scholarship serves to assist students with disabilities, or those who have overcome much adversity, as Alvin did with his own physical disability. Through this fund, Alvin continues to enrich the lives of students in perpetuity.