White played football at Phillips High School. He was seen riding a streetcar with Bobby Bowden's girlfriend and future wife Ann Estock in 1949 after she had found out from him that Bobby had gone to Panama City with friends and hadn't told her about it.
White went on to play at Auburn.
White became the head football coach at the then-new Banks High School in East Lake in 1961. He remained there until 1974, a season that featured the legendary showdown with Woodlawn High School in front of 42,000 people at Legion Field. He also coached in the first integrated game in the city against Parker High School in 1969.
He was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame with the Class of 2009.
- White, David H., Jr (2007) Shorty: A Life in Sports. BrookSport/Cardinal Publishers Group ISBN 0944353215
- Archibald, John (January 27, 2008) "Shorty was more than the 1970s' Propst." Birmingham News