|Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association
"Remembering the Past With Pride"
For 50 years, beginning in 1920, the Prairie View Interscholastic League governed academic, athletic, and band
competitions for black high school students in Texas. Working with limited resources, the PVIL produced numerous
outstanding students who became successful citizens, athletes, entertainers, and more, from U.S. Representative Barbara
Jordan (Houston Wheatley) to choreographer Debbie Allen (Houston Yates) to Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller (Waco Moore)
and six members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Now, Michael Hurd, historian and author ("Black College Football, 1892-1992") and also a PVIL alumnus (E.E. Worthing,
1967), is documenting the PVIL's rich history and you can help. Contact him at email@example.com with your memories of
attending a PVIL school and send images (for careful scanning and return) to be used in the book. Or, print and complete
this short questionnaire and submit to the PVILCA.
Help tell the world what proud, successful people came out of PVIL schools and celebrate an enduring statewide and
The PVIL Story!
Click on the image to view a brief video about the PVIL and its memorabilia
The exhibit is housed in the Marvin C. Griffin Bldg., 1009 E. 11th St , Austin
|What Do You Know About the PVIL? Have
some fun and test yourself with this
crossword puzzle on PVIL history -- which
was not just about sports.
This site celebrates the Prairie View Interscholastic League which existed from 1920 to 1970. The PVIL was the governing body for academic, athletic, and
music competitions for black high schools in Texas during the state's segregationist era. In its 50-year existence, the PVIL produced numerous outstanding
coaches, athletes, students, and citizens. On these pages, you will find records, images, profiles of schools, coaches, players, and more. Despite the social mood
of the era, during the PVIL's peak its 500 member schools -- with all-black enrollments -- had lively, exciting, and proud competitions which were as
entertaining, passionate, and fierce as any in the land.
|Two former Super Bowl champions among 2014 inductee class for
PVILCA Hall of Fame
Banquet set for July 19 in San Antonio
Three-time All-Pro wide receiver Cliff Branch and All-America running back Joe Washington will be among the inductees to this year's
PVILCA Hall of Fame class which will be presented during the annual Hall of Honor and Hall of Fame Banquet on July 19, 1:30 p.m., at the San
Antonio Hyatt Regency Riverwalk.
Branch was a member of three Super Bowl-winning teams with the Oakland Raiders, and Washington played in two Super Bowls with the
Washington Redskins, who won SB XVII in 1983.
Joining Branch and Washington will be 81 other honorees and inductees, including: D.W. Rutledge, former Converse Judson HS football
coach and current executive director of the Texas High School Coaches Association; former Lubbock Estacado football coach Louis Kelley,
former University of Houston quarterback D.C. Nobles, and tennis coach John Wilkerson (Zina Garrison, Lori McNeil). For a complete list, click
Preceding the banquet, on July 18, the PVILCA will hold its first scholarship golf tournament at Olympia Hill Golf Course in Universal City.
The event will benefit outstanding high school student-athletes.
Branch starred in the NFL as one of the fastest receivers to ever play the game, and it's because of his sprinting ability that he is being
inducted to the PVILCA Hall. While at Evan E. Worthing High School in Houston, he was coached by Clint Williams and the late Oliver Brown
and became the first schoolboy in Texas history to run the 100-yard dash in 9.3 seconds. He was also All-District in football (1966) and was
the state champion in the 100-yard dash (1965) and the 220-yard (1966). In 2004, he was inducted to the Texas High School Football Hall of
At the University of Colorado, Branch was an All-American receiver (1971) and the 1972 NCAA 100-meter champion with a record time of
10.0. He has been recognized as part of the Buffaloes All-Century football team. Branch was a fourth-round selection by the Raiders and
played his entire pro career, 1972-1985, with the team. He finished his career with 501 receptions for 8,685 yards and 67 touchdowns.
Washington played at Port Arthur Lincoln HS where he was one of the most sought after prep football players in Texas history. He was a
Parade Magazine All-American and chose to attend the University of Oklahoma where he was All-Big 8 for three consecutive years and was
All-American in 1974 and 1975. Washington was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both of those years and the San Diego Chargers
made him the fourth player selected overall in the 1976 draft.
He was the Redskins' 1981 team MVP after leading the club in rushing and receiving, the only player in Redskins' history to do so.
|Delmaris Hill Roby
The PVILCA is mourning the recent death of Delmaris Hill Roby, mother of board
member Ed Roby. Mrs. Roby passed away on June 12 after a lengthy illness. She was born
in Dale on Nov. 28, 1922 as the sixth of fourteen children born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Clay Hill. She retired from the Austin Independent School District after 20-plus years of
She was actively attending and participating at Simpson United Methodist Church for
65 years and was a member of the Women's and Senior choirs, United Methodist Women,
communion stewarts, Clothes Closet Outreach Ministry, and the Adult Sunday School class.
In 2004, Mrs. Roby was recognized by the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Capitol
City Charter, at their Grand Salute Senior Recognition Program. For 44 years, she was a
member and enjoyed experiences and work with the Alpha Kappa Sigma Philos of Sigma
Gamma Rho Sorority.
As head custodian at Campbell and Ridgetop Elementary schools, she often said she
taught students how to be good citizens and hard workers.
In addition to Ed, she is survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and
other relatives. The PVILCA family extends its condolences.