Magnolia Gridiron Cathedrals
Nothing gets the blood pumping in Mississippi cities and towns quite like high school football, and first-time Mississippi author Nash Nunnery is ready to take you on a guided tour of 47 legendary high school football stadiums around the state that are truly worthy of being called hallowed ground.
In Magnolia Gridiron Cathedrals, the veteran sports journalist doesn't just give you the who, what, when, and where -- Nash puts you at the fifty-yard-line (or down on the sideline) with his conversational prose. You'll practically hear the muttering of the coaches and the encouragement from the cheerleaders; you'll almost feel the hard hits, not to mention the blood, sweat, and tears so many players gave on Friday nights under the lights.
Covering nearly every corner of the Magnolia State and many fields of green in between, Magnolia Gridiron Cathedrals is lovingly illustrated by renowned cartoonist and journalist Marshall Ramsey, and it's loaded with eye-catching original photography from Vicki Nunnery and Fred Rainer. It's a beautiful coffee table book you'll actually read; it's fascinating high school football book you'll return to again and again.
A proud native of the Mississippi Delta, freelance writer Nash Nunnery has penned newspaper and magazine articles for various publications over the years, including the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson Daily News, Mississippi Business Journal, Clinton News. Mississippi Sports magazine, Vicksburg Post, Clinton Courier and the Rankin County News. Nunnery has written on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from college and high school sports to Mississippi’s antiquated adoption laws to the business of agriculture.
Before joining the Mississippi Development Authority as a project manager in 2011, he served as public information specialist for the Mayor’s Office in the City of Jackson and as a contract background investigator with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Growing up in Clinton, Nunnery played high school football for his hometown Arrows in the early 1970s. As a teenager, he became enamored with nostalgic football and baseball fields from various eras, captivated by their uniqueness and quirks. Nunnery, who resides in Brandon, is married to the former Vicki Petro. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.