Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association
                  "Remembering the Past With Pride"

In 1992 the Houston Chronicle selected an all-time PVIL team. Listed below are the first team offensive and defensive selections:


WR -- Charley Taylor, Grand Prairie
WR -- Warren Wells, Beaumont Hebert        
WR -- Cliff Branch, Houston Worthing        
End -- Jerry Levias, Beaumont Hebert        
Line -- Gene Upshaw, Robstown        
Line -- Marvin Upshaw, Robstown        
Line -- Ernie Ladd, Orange        
Line -- Clarence Williams, Sweeny Carver        
QB -- Otis Taylor, Houston Worthing        
Back -- Gene Washington, Baytown Carver        
Back -- Duane Thomas, Dallas Lincoln        


Line -- Toby Smith, Beaumont Charlton-Pollard
Line -- Bubba Smith, Beaumont Charlton-Pollard
Line -- Joe Greene, Temple Dunbar
Line -- Harvey Martin, Dallas South Oak Cliff
LB -- Dick Lane, Austin Anderson
LB -- Tony Gillory, Beaumont Hebert
LB -- Emmitt Thomas, Angleton
Back -- Mel Farr, Beaumont Hebert
Back -- Miller Farr, Beaumont Hebert
Back -- Ken Houston, Lufkin Dunbar
Back -- Abner Haynes, Dallas Lincoln

There are six former PVIL players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

  • Joe Greene (Pittsburgh Steelers) – Temple (Dunbar)
  • Gene Upshaw (Oakland Raiders) - Robstown
  • Dick "Night Train" Lane (Detroit Lions) – Austin (Anderson)
  • Charley Taylor (Washington Redskins) - Grand Prairie (Dalworth)
  • Emmitt Thomas (Kansas City Chiefs) – Angleton (Marshall)
  • Ken Houston (Washington Redskins) – Lufkin (Dunbar)


  • Running back Ollie Matson of Houston Yates starred at the University of San Francisco and, in 1951, was the first black Texan to
    receive Heisman votes.
  • Beaumont Charlton-Pollard lineman Bubba Smith starred at Michigan State and became the No. 1 overall pick of the 1967 NFL draft
    (Baltimore Colts), one of five players from PVIL schools taken that year as an NFL team’s first choice. The others were running back
    Mel Farr (Hebert), wide receiver Gene Washington (Baytown Carver), lineman Gene Upshaw (Robstown), and running back Willie
    Ellison (Lockhart Carver).
  • The PVIL-sponsored Chocolate Bowl in 1939, matched the black state champions from Texas (Temple Dunbar) against their
    counterparts from Louisiana (Bogalusa).
  • In basketball, Houston Worthing’s David Lattin was a valuable center on the Texas Western team that upset Kentucky in the 1966
    NCAA national championship game and was featured in the book and hit movie, “Glory Road.”
James Cash was the brightest star
for coach Robert Hughes at Fort
Worth I.M. Terrell High School and
became the first black athlete at
TCU in 1965. After TCU he went on
to a distinguished business career.
See his story
PVIL Athletes
  • Albert L. Breed – Basketball
  • Ben “B.J.” Dukes, Sr. – Basketball
  • Oscar Willie Fresch, Jr. – Basketball
  • David Marks – Basketball
  • Thomas J. Valley – Basketball

  • Charles Douglas Crenshaw – Track
  • William Montgomery – Track
  • Verna M. Reece Powers – Track
  • Kenneth St. Julian – Track

  • Donald Bennett – Tennis

  • George Adams – Football
  • Howard O’Neal Aldridge – Football
  • Max Anderson – Football
  • Charles “Poppa Charlie” Brooks – Football
  • Clarence Caldwell – Football
  • Louis C. Carr – Football
  • Rev. Jimmie L. Cobbin – Football
  • Orsby Crenshaw – Football
  • Elgin G. Davis – Football
  • Charles Elder – Football
  • Charles Harris – Football
  • Arthur Ray Henderson – Football
  • Warnie Hill – Football
  • Leodia Jones – Football
  • Willie R. Lagway – Football
  • Theophilus Houston Land – Football
  • Jeff Lewis, Jr. – Football
  • Marcus Moseley – Football
  • Bobby Mosley – Football
  • Roy Dean Phillips – Football
  • Lee O. President – Football
  • Wesley D. Ratcliff – Football
  • Joseph Summerfield – Football
  • Jerrell “Tank” Washington – Football
  • Edd Lewis White – Football