Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association

"Remembering the Past With Pride"

Welcome!

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.

Upcoming Events

  • January 1, 2020

    Bio and Photo of Inductee Due

  • March 7, 2020

    Deadline for Purchasing Banquet Tickets

    First Come, first served

  • March 7, 2020

    Souvenir Book Ads Due

  • June 1, 2020

    Due Date for Hotel Reservation

    Phone Number (1 877-803-7534)

  • July 17, 2020

    7th Annual PVILCA Scholarship Golf Tournament - Golf Club - 8:00 AM

    Meet & Greet 6:00 PM @ The Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

  • July 18, 2020

    41st Annual PVILCA Hall of Honor/Hall of Fame Banquet Gala

    12:00 PM - 5:00PM @ The Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

What's New?

The 2019 Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association Banquet was nothing short of amazing this year. It was celebrated with great friends, food, and fellowship. It was good to see the laughter and memories shared around the room (which some people hadn't seen each other since high school). There were a total of 73 inductees inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. Here are some highlights:


Telling the PVIL Story

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.

PVIL: The Video

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.