Travis County Recognizes LC Anderson High School Original Championship Football Teams

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Although they won numerous championships in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, the players were never officially recognized for their achievements, nor were they awarded championship rings.

AUSTIN, Texas — A group of former high school football players are finally being recognized for winning multiple state championships — decades after scoring the game-winning runs.

On Tuesday, February 8, the Travis County Commissioners Court issued an official proclamation recognizing members of the Original LC Anderson High School Yellow Jacket Championship football teams.

Today, LC Anderson High School is located northwest of Austin. But for 82 years, the Original LC Anderson High School served as the first school in East Austin.

According to the commissioners’ court proclamation, for most of its existence (1889-1971), the original L. C. Anderson High School was the only high school for black students in the Austin area. For decades, the Anderson High School Yellow Jackets played football in the Texas Interscholastic League of Colored Schools (TILCS), later renamed the Prairie View Interscholastic League (PVIL).

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The proclamation states that from 1940 to 1961, the Yellow Jackets won four PVIL state championships and played in the state championship game seven times. They won state championships in 1942, 1956, 1957 and 1961.

From 1955 to 1961, LC Anderson’s original football teams were 65-7-5 in 77 games. Thirty teams failed to score against them. Twelve teams scored 18 points or less. And during this period, the Yellow Jackets have never lost a game at home

But the players never received the recognition they deserved. Athletes on these state championship teams were never officially recognized for their accomplishments, and they were never awarded championship rings.

Now the Travis County Commissioners are changing that with their official proclamation.

The proclamation states that the commissioners recognize the members of these Original LC Anderson High School Yellow Jacket Championship football teams, and they call on all Travis County residents to “celebrate their many victories on the playing field and the impact of their accomplishments on the residents of East Austin in particular and Austin, Texas as a whole.”

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“The original LC Anderson High School was the glue that held East Austin together, and we cannot and must never forget the fruits of its labor,” the proclamation states in part. “The school has not only produced outstanding athletes and sports teams, but it has also produced teachers, counselors, lawyers, principals, school administrators, professors, police captains, singers in opera, business owners, musicians, a treasury secretary and so many others who walked a dead end and taught us how to walk a path These former students sacrificed, loved and challenged those of us in Austin to be better and do better.

This is the second recent example of recognition for alumni of Original LC Anderson High School.

Earlier this month, the Austin ISD Board of Directors approved the renaming of the baseball field from the current Anderson High School. It is now called Willie Wells Field. Wells, a graduate of the Original LC Anderson High School, was a legendary baseball player in the 1920s and 1930s.

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