Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association
                 "Remembering the Past With Pride"
PVILCA

Contact: pvilca1940@yahoo.com

The PVILCA is a nonprofit organization -- 501(c)(3)
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
michael@pvilca.org 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
legacy.
Telling the PVIL Story

Click on the image to view a brief video about the PVIL and its memorabilia
exhibit





















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.  
PVILCA Ring Recipients

Order a ring!
Read the latest PVILCA Newsletter

Previous editions are available on
the "news archive" page.
Welcome!
Click Here & View Video

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