In the 1950s, Huntsville and Butler were churning out some of the finest high school athletes in the Tennessee Valley. One of these was Walter Bishop, Jr., who played halfback for the Crimson Panthers 1953-55. Bishop was a standout football, basketball and baseball player known both for his athletic ability and his attributes as a team leader. After the 1954 Huntsville-Butler game, he received the Huntsville Quarterback Clubs Sportsmanship Trophy. Bishop was Huntsville Highs football co-captain as a senior in 1955. In later years, Bishop became one of the top independent baseball players in Huntsville, a hotbed of semi-professional ball in the 1950s and 1 960s. He was named to the National Baseball Congress of Americas all-district team in 1962 and to the NBC all-state team the same year. Two years earlier, Bishop made the All-Air Force softball team while playing as a civilian in the Air Force league. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing until the present, Bishop became one of the areas best known bass fishermen, affiliating himself with such organizations as the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and Operation Bass. He also developed into an excellent golfer. From 1958 until his retirement in 1990, he held various management positions with Chrysler Corporation, including Warranty & Service (1971-81) and Sales & Marketing (1983-90). Bishop credits one of Huntsville Highs coaches, Charlie Martin, for much of his success in athletics. Martin, who coached three sports at HHS, gave Bishop one of his first jobs preparing the softball field at Big Spring Park for league play.