|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.
Robert Newhouse, former Dallas Cowboys' running back from Hallsville, died on Tuesday at age 64 from heart disease. Newhouse starred at
Galilee High School, a member of the PVIL.
Newhouse suffered a stroke in 2010 and recently had been under treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. where he passed away.
Newhouse was born in Longview, but attended school in Hallsville, situated between Longview and Marshall. He was a standout running back at
Galilee but the only major school recruiting offer he got was from the University of Houston. With the Cougars, from 1969-1971, Newhouse set
several rushing records and left the school as its all-time single-season rushing leader with 1,757 yards as a senior, a school record that still
That total, at the time, was the second most rushing yards in a season in NCAA history and earned Newhouse second team All-American honors.
Known as "The House" and "The Human Bowling Ball," Newhouse was a rugged, bullish runner who was hard to bring down and was physically
imposing because of his legendary 44-inch thighs, the largest in the NFL. He was a second round pick by the Cowboys in 1972 and he played 12
NFL seasons, all with Dallas, for whom he worked in alumni relations and other front office positions for 29 years after retiring as a player
following the 1983 season. Newhouse led the team in rushing with 930 yards in 1975 and is the Cowboys' fifth all-time leading rusher with 4,784
As a fullback, he became primarily a blocker for running back Tony Dorsett. However, the most notable moment for Newhouse came against the
Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII, when he became the first running back to throw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl. In the fourth quarter, on a
halfback option play, Newhouse completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to receiver Golden Richards to secure the 27-10 win and the Cowboys'
second Super Bowl title.
Newhouse is a member of the University of Houston Athletics Hall of Honor and the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; son Roddrick, twin daughters, Dawnyel and Shawntel; and another son, Reggie, who played receiver for the
Arizona Cardinals in 2004 and 2005. Funeral arrangements are pending.
|Robert Newhouse, 1950-2014
Former Dallas Cowboy and Galilee HS (PVIL) great
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
Williams assumes AD and Dean of Students positions in New Mexico
Nic Williams, PVILCA life member, has been named athletic director and dean of students at Shiprock High School in New
Mexico. Shiprock, 208 miles northwest of Albuquerque, is on the Navajo reservation, the largest land area assigned primarily to
a Native American jurisdiction within the United States.
Williams, from San Antonio, is a Prairie View A&M graduate in sociology and also was a running back for the Panthers'
football team. He has a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.
He has coached at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, in San Antonio at Trinity University and Burbank High
School, and last season was head football coach at Grants (N.M.) High School.
Read about his new duties here.
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
Obituary: Sylvester Armstrong, Houston Yates
Former Jack Yates Lions quarterback and 2005 PVILCA Hall of Fame inductee Sylvester Armstrong passed away at age
69 on July 23. Affectionately called “Chubb” by friends and family, Armstrong is being remembered as a God-fearing man
who was raised by his family in the same manner by which he tried to live.
An excellent student, athlete, husband, father and friend, Armstrong quarterbaced the 1962 Lions to a state title as Yates
finished the season at 10-2 including a 30-0 trouncing of highly-touted Beaumont Charlton-Pollard in bi-district play. In the
title game, Armstrong scored a touchdown as Yates defeated Fort Worth Dunbar, 18-15, giving legendary Yates head coach
Pat Patterson the first of his two state football championships.
Armstrong's family noted, "He had a wonderful sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and humble spirit. He was never
boastful, never met a stranger and treated everyone with love and dignity. One of Sylvester’s catch phrases, when he wished
to reiterate his point, was, “you don’t hear me.” Well Chubb, we hear you now, loud and clear and you will be sorely missed."
Armstrong leaves to cherish his legacy, one living brother, Daniel E. Armstrong, three children, Ronnye Chalise, Roben
Lynn, and Shelby Roy Armstrong, seven grandchildren, Keisha, Kristen, Kennedey, Kolby, Kiara, Korey and Adyn, and a host
of relatives and friends.