High School

Unhealthy Living

Jun 30, 2009 By Pamela Colloff

Texas school districts will no longer be required to offer health classes—and that’s just sick.

Six-Man Super Saturday

Aug 31, 2007 By Jordan Breal

Football as religion is the gospel truth here in Texas, where players are gods and fields are hallowed ground. So the organizers of this month’s Six-Man Super Saturday can be forgiven if their slogans have been a bit holier-than-thou: “Not since Moses have believers traveled so far to the…

A Kiss Before Dying

Feb 1, 2006 By Pamela Colloff

Forty-five years after Betty Williams was shot to death by the handsome football player she had been secretly seeing, her murder haunts her Odessa high school—literally.

Embarrassment of Riches

Dec 1, 2005 By John Spong

At Westlake, even if your parents wouldn’t spring for Ralph Lauren, you could still work your way into the in crowd.

Duke of Dunbar

Jan 1, 2004 By Michael Hall

That would be 75-year-old Robert Hughes, who has amassed more victories while coaching in Fort Worth than anyone in high school basketball history. For most people, that would be enough.

Queen of the Rodeo

Jul 31, 2001 By Pamela Colloff

For teenage girls in the Hill Country town of Llano, life can be short on glamour and excitement—except at the annual rodeo, when one of them gets a rhinestone tiara and a rare, thrilling moment of glory.

They Haven’t Got a Prayer

Nov 1, 2000 By Pamela Colloff

In the Gulf Coast town of Santa Fe, high school football games had always kicked off with a prayer, but in June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the practice violated the separation of church and state. Now the issue—which has turned neighbor against neighbor and provoked some decidedly un-Christian behavior— has grown from a local controversy into a national one.

State of the Reunion

Sep 30, 1996 By Robert Draper

It was strange enough that I returned to my hated Houston high school after twenty years—but stranger still, I enjoyed it.

Poisoning Daddy

Jun 30, 1996 By Skip Hollandsworth

No one ever suspected a thing until she asked her best friend if she could keep a terrible secret: the bizarre story of teenager Marie Robards, the devoted daughter who murdered her father.

Powers Boothe

Jan 1, 1996 By Evan Smith

I played a few sports at Snyder High School, but my big thing was football. I played quarterback and defensive back until my senior year, when I quit to start acting in plays. You know what a big deal high school football is: When I quit, some of the coaches…

Twelve Yards and a Cloud of Dust

Nov 1, 1995 By Jan Reid

The Tiny town of Mullin adopted its high school football heroes in more ways than one. These foster children and native sons had the time of their lives playing in the Super Bowl of six-man football.

Can’t Win for Losing

Nov 1, 1989 By Skip Hollandsworth

When San Antonio’s Memorial Minutemen took on a crosstown rival, all they had to lose was their chance to go down in history as Texas’ worst high school football team.

Halftime Heroes

Nov 1, 1982 By W. L. Taitte

The bright-eyed, pink-cheeked cream of Texas youth aren’t scrambling on the football field. They’re playing in the high school band.