|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
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 stands.
That total, at the time, was the second most rushing yards in a season in NCAA history and earned Newhouse second team All-American
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
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