Tyler ISD announces inaugural class of Athletic Hall of Fame

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 11:16am

The Tyler Independent School District released the names of the inaugural class for the District’s newly formed Athletic Hall of Fame today during a press conference held in the Davidson Conference Center at Plyler Instructional Complex. Inductees were selected based on their high school achievements, post high school accomplishments, and other contributing factors.

“We are proud to welcome this impressive list of former Tyler ISD athletes into our Hall of Fame,” Athletic Director Rod Kaspar said. “It is not uncommon to hear of a few success stories of athletes after they leave high school. Initiating a Hall of Fame program like what we are doing today really helps identify more of the talent that has come out of this District.”

Hall of Fame members will also be recognized at a ceremony on Friday, September 13 during the John Tyler vs. Robert E. Lee football game at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Inductees were selected based on their high school achievements, post high school accomplishments, and other contributing factors.

2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Earl Campbell - John Tyler Class of 1973, Heisman Trophy Winner at University of Texas at Austin, 3-time NFL MVP, Participated in the THSCA ALL STAR GAME 1974.
  • Mike Carter - John Tyler Class of 1968, school baseball player, TISD baseball field namesake.
  • Clifford Gregory -Tyler High Class of 1930, team captain of 1930 State Champion football team.
  • Billy Hall - Tyler High Class of 1956, coached at Robert E. Lee, principal at REL, former Athletic Director for TISD.
  • Daniel Hernandez -John Tyler Class of 1994, All State Soccer player, professional soccer player in the MLS and Mexican League.
  • Charles Milstead  - Tyler High School 1955, quarterback on the 1955 State Football Championship Team.
  • Kristee Porter - John Tyler Class of 1998 Volleyball, All American VB player at UCLA.
  • Aaron Ross - John Tyler Class of 2000, Jim Thorpe Award winner and National Championship winner at University of Texas at Austin, played in the NFL with New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars, 2 Super Bowl Championships with NYG.
  • Robert Taylor - Emmett Scott High School class of 1968, won Gold and Silver medals in the 1972 Munich Olympics.
  • Danya Reed Westbrook - Robert E. Lee class of 1987, All State basketball player, Led REL to the girls class 5A state basketball finals, played at Stephen F. Austin, coaches both boys and girls basketball teams at Douglas HS.
  • Allen Wilson - Head Coach John Tyler, Led the 1974 JT Football team to a state championship, returned to the finals in 2000.
  • 1973 John Tyler Football Team - Led by Earl Campbell they captured the 1973 state football championship.



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