The state’s all-time winningest football coach, a Texas-bred Big 12 football coach and a former All-American at Temple High School highlight the 2018 class of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
The class includes Kingsville’s Bobby Cavasos (1950s and before), Temple’s Brad Dusek (1960s), Port Arthur Lincoln’s Ken Washington (1970s), Deer Park’s Tommy Jeter (1980s), New Braunfels’ Kliff Kingsbury (1990s), Aledo’s Johnathan Gray (2000s), coaches Phil Danaher of Corpus Christi Calallen and Bob Shelton of Buda Hays, and former Texas Stadium manager Bruce Hardy (Dave Campbell Contributor to the Game).
Danaher entered the 2017 season with a state-record 427 wins, and is one of just two Texas high school football coaches to surpass the 400-win plateau, along with G.A. Moore. He joins his son, former running back Wes Danaher, in the Hall of Fame.
Dusek, a Parade All-American as a Temple senior in 1968, led the Wildcats to 19 wins in his two seasons at quarterback. He went on to all-conference glory at Texas A&M and played eight years for the Washington Redskins.
Kingsbury, the head coach at Texas Tech, led the New Braunfels Unicorns to the state semifinals in 1998, passing for 3,009 yards and 34 touchdowns. He later set 39 school records as the quarterback at Tech.
Kingsville’s Cavasos was a three-sport athlete in high school and all-area football player who went on to greatness at Texas Tech. Some observers have credited Cavasos’ gamebreaking ability as one of the reasons Tech was admitted entrance into the Southwest Conference.
Ken Washington, the son of Lincoln coach Joe Washington and the brother of “Little” Joe Washington, was a three-year starter at quarterback who passed for 4,004 career yards, the third-highest total for the state’s biggest classification at the time. Washington moved on to become one of the better players in the history of the University of North Texas football program.
Jeter was a highly decorated defensive tackle at Deer Park. Among his awards were spots on both the Parade and USA Today All-America Teams. He later signed with Texas, then spent five years in the NFL.
Aledo’s Gray rushed for 10,889 yards in his prep career, second in Texas history only to Sugar Land’s legendary Ken Hall. Gray also scored 205 touchdowns, including eight in Aledo’s 69-34 state championship win over La Marque in 2010. He went on to rush for 2,607 yards at Texas.
Hays High School plays at Bob Shelton Field, a testament to a coach who recorded a 313-187-7 record over 47 seasons at the school. Over his final 25 years, he tallied only one losing record, before retiring in 2012.
Hardy helped turn Texas Stadium into a go-to venue for the state’s high school teams. Under his watch, the Cowboys’ former home went from hosting a handful of games a year to more than 30 per year and more than 700 total.
The Hall of Fame class will be enshrined on May 5, 2018, at a banquet at the Ferrell Center.