|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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
|Highlights from the
Universal City – There are times when history is lost not by purpose, but by the unknown. To counter this notion, the members of the Prairie
View Interscholastic League Coaches Association hosted their first annual golf tournament at the Olympia Hills Golf and Conference Center on
The tournament's dual function was to raise funds for their scholarship program and bring awareness to the organization's history. With over
sixteen teams, the event's showing proved that the organization and its mission is being well supported.
"We are pleased with our turnout today," said event chairperson Dana Glosson. "It is amazing to witness the support and the fact that our
participants are here to support our mission despite last night's weather."
Even the cloudy skies couldn't dampen the spirits of the players' and guests as they arrived. From the time the first person checked in at 6:30 a.
m., until the event's conclusion, a good time was had by all.
The Prairie View Interscholastic League was founded in 1920 under the name the Texas Interscholastic League of Colored Schools. In 1923 the
TILCS came under the authority of Prairie View A&M College, thereby becoming the PVIL, governing statewide athletic, academic, and band
competition's for the state's black high schools. Competitions included all sports, typing, declamation, music and extemporaneous speaking.
The league's structure and format was similar to the University Interscholastic League, which oversaw similar competitions for the state's white
The forerunner of the PVIL Coaches Association was the Texas African American Coaches Association which was created in 1964. However,
the PVIL was dissolved in 1970 after merging with the UIL and in 2005 the TAACA became the PVILCA.
When summarizing the organization's primary mission, Robert Brown, chairman of the board, offered, "The PVILCA has set out to ensure that
African American coaching and sports heroes do not lose their place in history."
Brown added that the golf tournament's purpose was to raise funds for the organization's annual scholarship program for which there have
been three recipients from the San Antonio area in the last four years.
Each tournament team received a goody bag from the organization and various sponsors along with a great lunch provided by Olympia Hills. In
attendance were PVILCA board members, volunteers, and Dick "Lefty" O'Neal.
O'Neal was the first Caucasian allowed to play in the Negro Baseball League, and was there to support the organization with a portion of the
proceeds from the sale of his book chronicling his time with the league going towards the scholarship fund.
The PVILCA proudly displayed trophies, newspaper clippings, and clothing worn by some of the greatest athletes to come from Texas high
schools and universities.
For more photos, click here.
Story and photos by Edward Jones, R40 Photos
Each year, the banquet has experienced growth
and July's event saw the largest crowd ever as
almost 850 PVILCA honorees, their families, friends
and others filled a banquet room of the Hyatt
Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio. Images will be
posted soon. In the meantime, click here to view a
video from the event with interviews of inductees
Before UIL integration, there was the Prairie View Interscholastic League
"It has been 44 years since the Prairie View Interscholastic League (PVIL) last governed
high school sports teams. Yet former student-athletes are still being recognized for the
paths they paved for today’s generation." Chris Caraveo, a contributing writer to Austin-
based soulciti.com writes about the PVILCA HOF and Hall of Honor and its L.C.
Anderson inductees. Read his story here.
2014 Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Banquet sets attendance record
Rings for Brown, Conroe Washington championship football teams
Coach Brown and wife, Carolyn
Coach Charles Brown
|1960 Conroe Washington State Champs
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|1965 Conroe Washington State Champs
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On Friday, Sep. 5, Coach Charles Brown and his 1960 and 1965 undefeated (13-0 for both seasons!) state championship Booker T.
Washington Bulldog football teams will be honored during halftime of the Conroe HS game against Bryan at Buddy Moorhead Stadium. Brown and
players from the two title teams will be presented rings for their accomplishments.
Preceeding the game, at a 6 p.m. reception in the Conroe HS cafeteria, Mayor Webb K. Melder will read a proclamation designating Sep. 5 as
"Booker T. Wahington Bulldog Championship Day."
The teams' success occurred during segregation and went unrecognized by the greater Conroe community -- a highly segregated and
racially charged area in the 60's -- for over 54 years, however, businesses, citizens, and the Conroe Independent School District are now
honoring Brown and his players.
Brown coached the Washington program from 1960 to 1965, with a record of 68-9. In addition to the two state championships, his teams
made three other appearances in the title game. For his 36 years overall, Brown compiled a 203-101-1 record.
After coaching in Conroe, Brown received five rings along with numerous other honors and awards for outstanding coaching beyond the PVIL
football state champs. He won championships while working with fewer resources, building on raw talent, and inspiring young African American
boys to believe that they could accomplish anything.
Among Brown's many honors are: District 21 AAAA Coach of the Year (Baytown Sun), AA Coach of the Year in Houston, Texas High School
Coaches Association Outstanding Achievement in Coaching with over 200 football victories, PVILCA Hall of Honor in 2006 and induction to the
THSCA Hall of Honor in 1999.
Ricky Warren – Washington grad, former pitcher for the Bulldogs, and PVILCA Hall of Fame member – initiated this united effort in Conroe to
honor Brown and the championship teams. Additionally, Warren arranged a vacation getaway at a resort for Coach and Mrs. Brown leading up to
Friday's ring ceremony at Moorhead Stadium (known as Tiger Stadium in the 60’s) will reunite team members who will travel from California,
Florida, Kansas, and all over the state of Texas.
Washington is the second Conroe-area PVIL football team to be honored with rings. In 2011, A.R. Turner HS in Willis, 10 miles north of
Conroe, was similarly honored for its 1967 state championship.
Carolyn Joyce Sadberry Brown