Louis Vaughn was born on January 25, 1947 and grew up in the Monrovia community. He is one of the key members of the late T.E. Cotton Rogers string of great basketball teams at Butler High School in the early-to-mid 1960s. Playing with such notables as Randy Hollingsworth, Ronnie Stapler and Billy Broadway, Vaughn was named to the All-TVC team in 1964 and 1965 and the the All-State team in 1965. He was also All-City in basketball both years and All-City in baseball in 1965, and was named Most Valuable Player in the Alabama High School Athletic Associations North-South All-Star basketball game in the summer of 1965. Vaughn later played basketball and baseball at Florence State, graduating in 1969. He went on to become a highly successful high school basketball coach at Sparkman from 1969-1975, taking teams to the state tournament in 1970 and 1975, before becoming a State Farm Insurance agent. My accomplishments in athletics were due to my father and mother, Louis said, They were both tremendous athletes in the 20s and 30s in the Monrovia community, and they both encouraged me to do my best in each endeavor. Several of his coaches were also greatly instrumental in his success, including ErIe Phillips, first cousin Henry Vaughn and Ray Taft. My high school coaches at Butler from 1962-65 were George Newby and Coach Rogers, Vaughn said. Coach Newby was the junior varsity coach at Butler and was a great teacher of fundamentals. Coach Rogers had a great impact on my life and prepared me for not only basketball, but life. He taught us many lessons about how to win with class and dignity and how to handle defeat. Louis has been married for 35 years to Patricia Cunningham Vaughn and they have two daughters, Christy Lynn Vaughn Langcuster and Jennifer Lou Vaughn Thrasher.