|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
Help Tell 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.
PVILCA Annual Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Banquet
Our 2014 banquet will be held in San Antonio on July 19 at the Hyatt Regency River Walk, and on July 18 we will hold our first
scholarship golf tournament at Olympia Hill Golf Course in Universal City. The event will benefit outstanding high school student-
Here are the dates and cities for future PVILCA Banquets and events. Plan ahead for your attendance!
- July 17, 2015-- Golf Tournament; Tour of Historic Black Businesses in Houston
- July 18, 2015 -- Banquet in Houston, Hotel TBA
- July 15, 2016 -- Golf tournament; River Boat Ride, San Antonio
- July 16, 2016 -- Banquet at San Antonio Hyatt Regency River Walk
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.
Coach Ervin "Cat" Garnett will be inducted to the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor on July 23, 1 p.m.,
during the organizations' annual luncheon at the San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Also being inducted are current Baylor and former Stephenville coach Art Briles, former Sealy and Odessa Permian coach
T.J. Mills, and former McAllen Memorial coach Erasmo "Mo" Molina.
Garnett graduated from I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth and was an outstanding running back for Coach Marion "Bull"
Bates. Garnett was a member of the Terrell team that won the first official PVIL football state championship in 1940, defeating
Austin Anderson, 26-0. He was an All-State fullback in 1941.
Garnett attended Prairie View A&M College where he participated in football, baseball, and golf, and earned B.A. and M.A.
degrees. He was an All-Southwestern Athletic Conference quarterback in 1949 and inducted to the Prairie View Hall of Fame in
Garnett Selected for July Induction to THSCA Hall of Honor
He began his coaching career in 1950 at Calvert High School, then at Woodson HS in Abilene in 1953, and at Booker T. Washington in
Wichita Falls in 1955. Garnett coached until 1989 when he became an administrator. As a coach, he compiled a record of 157-41-4, won two
state titles, seven district titles, and was a state finalist three times.
Sep. 18, 1935-Apr. 17, 2014
Beaumont basketball coach,
James "Froggie" White, passes
James Arthur White, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Texas history, passed away on April 17 in Beaumont at
age 78. White was inducted to the PVILCA Hall of Honor in 2000 and was a Life Member.
He started his career in 1961 at Lincoln High School in Coldspring, but in Beaumont would coach at Dunbar Junior High School,
Charlton-Pollard High School and Central High School and win a combined total of 612 games, losing 213.
The Beaumont Enterprise newspaper named White Coach of the Year 14 times as his teams won 14 district championships and
competed in three regional finals. He is ranked 69th among the state's high school basketball coaches for most wins, all-time.
He was named District 21-4A Coach of the Year in 1974 and 1975 while at Charlton-Pollard. Then, at the same school, he was Coach of
the Year in District 22-5A in 1977, 78, 79, 85, 96.
White was a native of Sweetwater, but graduated from Wheatley High School in San Antonio in 1955. He received a football scholarship
from Prairie View A&M University to play for legendary coach Billy Nicks. White would recall, "This was the beginning of the most cherished
memories in my life."
White received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts. In football, he was named an All-Southwestern Athletic Conference
defensive end in 1959 as a member of the Panthers' black college national championship team. He lettered four years and became an active
member of the Panther Club and remained a member.
Funeral services will be held in Beaumont on Tuesday, April 22, at West Tabernacle Baptist Church, located at 3605 Waco Street, at
10:30 a.m. A public viewing will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014, from 12:00 Noon until 5:00 p.m. at Mercy Funeral Home, 1395 Gladys St.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., at the church, with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial