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More than the games: Rocky Mount High's resurgence under Battle began off the field

September 28, 2012
Rocky Mount High School



By Jessie H. Nunery, Rocky Mount Telegram


ROCKY MOUNT - Twenty years ago at Nashville Elementary School, a fifth-grade teacher, Ella Batts, took notice of one of her students.

As Batts recalls, he was polite, well-mannered and always eager to do the right thing.

That child grew into an athlete who became college educated and is now a leader of young men.

It’s no surprise to Batts that Rocky Mount High football coach Jason Battle has become a success, and it’s not a shock to her that the first-year Gryphons coach has players who show some of the same attributes.

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