|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 global
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.
Eli Reed, an award-winning photographer and documentary
filmmaker, has produced a 15-minute clip about the PVIL
featuring former football players at Central High School in
Galveston. This clip is the first for what will be a longer and
more in-depth film about the history of the PVIL. Click here or
on the image to view the clip.
PVIL: The Video
Beaumont Hebert's Jerry Levias, the first black scholarship football player in the Southwest Conference, and Warren Wells, one of the all-time
great wide receivers, will be among over 100 inductees for the 2015 class of the PVILCA Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Induction ceremonies set
for July 18, 1:30 p.m. at the Westin Galleria in Houston.
Other notable inductees include, quarterbacks Karl Douglas (Houston Worthing) and Leo Taylor (Jack Yates), tight end Rhome Nixon (Yates),
and basketball center Dwight Davis (Worthing). A meritorious award will be presented to Capt. Paul J. Matthews of the National Buffalo Soldiers
The PVILCA's annual banquet has grown with each year setting a new record for attendance. Last summer's event had a gathering of over 800
in San Antonio and another large crowd is expected for the Houston event.
"We're delighted that the banquet's popularity has grown along with our organization's membership," said Robert Brown, PVILCA board
chairman. "Our motto is "Remembering the Past With Pride," and the banquet typifies that. It's a day for reunion, camaraderie, remembrance,
appreciation, and recognition. Through the years, there have been so many incredible people – coaches, athletes, administrators, and others –
who made the PVIL experience something special, and for many of them this is the only public recognition of their participation and service.
"The existence of the PVIL and its all-black schools is a time we won't see again, so this is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to
come out and share in the recognition with their own sense of pride. And we have another outstanding class of inductees this year."
LeVias tops the list. He starred as a quarterback at Hebert, but in 1966 when he suited up at Southern Methodist University he was a wide
receiver for head coach Hayden Fry. LeVias was the first black scholarship athlete in the Southwest Conference and the second black football
player in the Southwest Conference. John Westbrook, a running back, was a walk-on at Baylor and played in a game for the Bears one week
before LeVias' debut.
LeVias was an All-American (athletic and academic) as a senior and twice led the league in receiving and left SMU with numerous school and
conference career records. With the Houston Oilers, he was selected to the 1969 American Football League All-Star Team. He is a member of
both the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Wells was an exciting receiver with speed and sure hands at Hebert, Texas Southern University and with the Oakland Raiders. He was a 12th
round pick by the Detroit Lions in 1964, played one season there, but was called to the Army for two years. After discharge, he signed with the
Raiders and played four seasons becoming the prime deep target for quarterback Daryle Lamonica, who became known as the "Mad Bomber."
In Wells' best season, 1969, he caught 47 passes for 1,260 yards and 14 touchdowns, leading the American Football League in receiving. He
was twice named to the Pro Bowl (1968, 1970).
Prairie View's great defensive back Ken Houston, an NFL Hall of Famer, has said of Wells: "Warren was the original 'Dr. Doom.' He was cold-
Click here for a complete list of inductees.
Hebert's LeVias, Wells top 2015 PVILCA HOF/Hall of Honor class
|PVILCA HOF and Hall of Honor
July 18, 1:30 p.m.