This 1958 Poly team picture shows the next to last Parrot team to play as the sole East Side representative in Ft. Worth's District 4A-5 before EHHS opened. I don't see anyone in this photo who transferred to EH the next year to play on the first EHHS varsity team. So, that suggests that the 1959 EHHS team was entirely a Handley show.
However, I do see several older brothers of those we did know at EH during the early 1960s. There's Pat Wadlington, Susie's older brother; Ronnie McCoy, Danny's older brother; and Jack Morris, Phil & Roby's older brother. There are also some familiar names such as Thompson, Priddy, and Buckman who may have been related to some of our classmates, but I'm not sure of that.
1959 - Coaches
Ted Moberg was a fine football player who had been singled out at Meadowbrook, as an 8th grader (see the Meadowbrook picture above), to play with the school's varsity but never quite developed to his highest potential until this year. In retrospect after studying the teams for the piece, it is clear that his great misfortune was to be slotted just behind one of the school's early standouts, Sam Scott. When Ted finally got his chance, he made the most of it and was named to the All District team as both a halfback and a fullback. Note: This is one of the subtle facts that are often lost to history...very important to the individual, but utterly lost in life's larger sweep. There were a few other stories like this one in these pictures.
The Mitcham-Willingham-Graves staff remained together through the 1966 season, after which Graves left to take a position outside the Ft. Worth ISD. Mitcham and Willingham coached one more year in 1967, then both left and were replaced by Jerry Sadler, the long-time North Side Coach...see the collage to the right. McBee and Howerton remained on the coaching staff.
The coaching staff we knew during the first 5-years remained fairly intact through the 1967 football season. The Class of 1968 saw the last of the school, we in the early classes saw at the very beginning of EHHS. Also leaving with the coaches was K.O. Vaughn, the school's first Vice-Principal; Roy Johnson, the first EHHS Principal left with the Class of 1967, a year earlier.
One of the more interesting new arrivals Fall 1968 was Raymond Davila. Davila and Sadler had been Coach and student quarterback on the North Side team that had blown EH out during the 1962 championship season, 6-years earlier...see the program highlight at right.