|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
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.
Here are the dates and cities for future PVILCA Banquets
and events. Plan ahead for your attendance!
- July 18, 2014 -- Golf Tournament; River Boat Ride,
- July 19, 2014 -- Banquet at the San Antonio Hyatt
Regency River Walk
- 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
- July 16, 2016 -- Banquet at San Antonio Hyatt
Regency River Walk
|2013 Hall of Honor and Hall of Fame Banquet
Bigger and Better
Attendance for the banquet increased, again, as almost 800 folks attended this year's event in Irving where we also held our first PVILCA
ring ceremony. Click here for list of inductees and other info. Hope to see you at next year's banquet in San Antonio on July 19th!
Recipients at Ring Ceremony
|Parts of the crowd who contributed to
yet another boost in the PVILCA Annual
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.
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Symposium Honoring the Legacy of the PVIL: "Thursday Night Lights"
The enduring legacy of the PVIL and all the great coaches, athletes, and others the league and its member schools
produced will be celebrated during a two-day event at the University of Texas AT&T Conference Center (1900 University
Avenue) on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Participants will include David Lattin, Houston Worthing legend, who was Texas' first prep
basketball All-America, Port Arthur Lincoln's Joe Washington, Jr., and his dad Coach Joe Washington, Sr., Houston
Kashmere running back Delvin Williams, and Dallas Lincoln track star Beverly Day Humphrey, now a successful coach at
Lancaster High School.
The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. on the 31st during which a documentary film about the PVIL will debut.
New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, author of "Forty Million Dollar Slaves," will be keynote speaker.
Friday's four sessions, beginning at 9:45 a.m. will be: "The History of the PVIL and Education in Texas," "Athletics
During the Era of the PVIL," "The Transition: Integration and the Merger with UIL," and "The PVIL’s Legacy In Austin: A
View from Old Anderson High School."
The event is being presented by UT's Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Texas Black
History Preservation Project in co-operation with the PVILCA. Parking for the event is available in the Center's garage.