AUSTIN — During the 20th century, Austin high schools won eight state football championships.
Austin High School won in 1942, and Reagan High School won in 1967, 1968 and 1970. The original L.C. Anderson High School on the east side of town captured four state titles in football between 1942 and 1961.
The L.C. Anderson Yellowjackets program was a state powerhouse in the old Prairie View Interscholastic League, before integration. A federal district court’s orders forced the school to close in 1971 due to desegregation efforts.
Two years later, the new and current L.C. Anderson High School opened its doors in northwest Austin. The traditions, the Yellowjackets mascot, and the black and gold colors were not part of the new school.
Due to the efforts of current Anderson High School principal Donna Houser and second year head football coach Jeff Rhoads, 42 years later, an exhibit in the front of the school now honors the school’s roots.
It’s all part of an effort to “bridge the gap” between the two Anderson High School communities.
In fact, Rhoads has reached out to former Yellowjacket football players to teach his players about the history. The Trojans football program will conduct their intrasquad scrimmage on the campus where old L.C. Anderson High School once played their football games, on Yellowjackets Field.
That scrimmage will take place Aug. 15.
Click on the video icon to learn more about the history of old Anderson High School and the story about these two communities. You can see the extended, longer version of this story on @KVUESports (our 30-minute sports feature show) Saturday at 6:30 p.m.