Texas high school football has started for thousands of Texas high school students. They have shown up at field houses from Beaumont to El Paso, Dalhart to Harlingen all with the goal of winning a state championship. Most will not achieve their goal of winning a state championship, but they will join the brethren on men who have life long memories of playing under the Friday night lights. Two-a-day football practices are a rite of passage in Texas and they begin Monday morning.
High school football is a way of life in Texas. Texas high school football has a rich history and is more than a game. It bonds communities together. It is the talk of the barber shops on Saturday mornings, after all its football.
After two full years Joe Nick Patoski has captured the spirit of Texas high school football in the exhibit Texas High School Football: More Than the Game is on view in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall of Special Exhibitions July 30, 2011, through January 22, 2012.
Admission to the Museum’s exhibits, including Texas High School Football:
- $9 for adults
- $8 for college students (with valid ID)
- $7 for seniors/military (with valid ID)
- $6 for youth ages 4-17
- free for ages 3 and under.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is located at 1800 N. Congress Avenue at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. For more information, call (512) 936-4649.
Texas high school football is more than a game. It is the bond that holds together communities, from small burgs barely able to field a six-man team to 5A suburban schools that faithfully fill 20,000 seat stadiums to cheer their hometown heroes. It is the soul of Texas towns.
It is the caravans of cars that drive 200 miles on a Friday night to support the home team, the endless post-game analyses in coffee shops, the local pride in past victories and legendary players. It’s also marching bands, drill teams, pep rallies, mascots, cheerleaders, twirlers, booster clubs, fans and fanatics. For at least a few hours every week in the fall, Texas high school football is the glue that transcends cultural, ethnic, and spiritual differences to define us all as Texan.
The action on the field, the noise in the stands, the pageantry of halftime and homecoming, the rousing pep talks in the locker room, the pronouncements echoing from the press box, the grueling hours of practice, are all part of a larger story about ourselves as Texans – a story that will be told at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum as it has never been told before by guest curator Joe Nick Patoski.
Sponsored by: Texas High School Coaches Association
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