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Irving High School Football 1929 The photos in this exhibit are from the Roy Ricker Collection. They provide an intimate look at schoolboy football in Irving, Texas, during the 1920s. Roy Ricker was born in 1909 in Dallas, Texas, where his father worked as a builder. In 1925, Ricker's father purchased 26 acres along Shady Grove Road just south of Irving and decided to try his hand at farming. Ricker attended Irving High School where he was an avid football player. He was a member of the Irving High School football teams of 1928 and 1929. During the summer of 1929 the team went to Bridgeport, Texas, for their preseason, summer training. The on-field photos in this exhibit were taken during practice at Bridgeport. The photos provide a glimpse into high school football at a time when it was just beginning to take hold in Texas.


Irving High School football team at summer practice in Bridgeport, Texas, 1929.


Irving High School football player Roy Ricker smiles for the camera during summer football practice at Bridgeport, Texas, 1929.


The Irving High School football team at the line scrimmage during summer practice at Bridgeport, Texas, 1929.


The Irving High School football team poses for a photo during summer practice at Bridgeport, Texas, 1929.


The Irving High School football team poses for photo during summer practice at Bridgeport, Texas, 1929.


The Irving High School Football Team of 1929 was honored on their 50th Anniversary at the 1979 Homecoming festivities. Pictured here is a poster promoting the event.


Irving High School basketball team, 1927-28: Front row (l to r): Woodrow Nabors, Marvin Story, John Roberts, Gaddis McFarland, Adolph Walker, Frank Hamm, Dorris Herrington. Back row (l to r): Earl Brown, C. T. Lucas, John (Jack) Wilson, Floyd Huffstuttler, Edwin Eckert, unknown Roberson, Morris Story.


Irving High School football team, 1929: Front row (l to r): Eugene Moore, Billy Morris, Weldon Keeling, Phil Lively (mascot), Marshall (Twisty) Caster, and Ratther Womack. Middle row (l to r): Clinton (Fossil) Herring, Tobe King, Floyd (Flop) Williams, Paul Cunningham, Laurie (Mulehead) Taylor, William Pierce, Howard (Big Voirin) Voirin, Lynn A. Wyatt, Albert (Bubba) Anderson. Top row (l to r): Coach Otis Carlton, Dave Britain, Woody (Little Voirin) Voirin, Roy Ricker, Buster (Dobber) Cox, Joe Roberts, and Eugene (Pude) Grider.


Irving High School Pep Squad, 1929: Back row: (l to r) Jewell Mae Lytle, Lily Helen Clark, Josephine Clark, Mary Britain, Ruth Caster, Mary Lively, Marjorie Gleghorn, Sybil Coulte.

Middle row: Evelyn Anderson, Theresa Miller, Doris Harkey, Billy Gilbert (mascot), Frances Hillman, Amy Kate Jenkins (teacher), Gail Lucas, Maidie Hart, Dorothy Lee. Front row: Alfred Graham, Dally Toney, Jenette Ricker, Neva Williams, Louis Walker.


Irving School faculty, 1929-30: Back row: (l to r) Helen Hopkins, Mrs. Harkey, Mr. Elder, Superintendent A. S. Johnston. Middle row: Lola Kelsey, Jessie Lester, Bernice Smith, Mr. Carson, Otis Carlton, Vera Haley.

Front row: Ann Jenkins, Jane Hoyle, Margerite Vannoy, Velda Rodgers, Juanita Tarver, Rebecca Davis, and Anne Mae Cathy.


Irving High School football team player Albert "Bubba" Anderson makes a run during a game in Irving, 1929. The field was located on the south end of the school grounds. The three story school building, "Old Red," can be seen among the trees in the center left background.


Irving Tigers in action, 1929. The city water tower located behind the city hall building on Second Street is visible in the background.


Roy Ricker kicks while Joe Roberts holds during Irving High School football pregame warmups in Irving, 1929. Lefty Herring looks on. Coach Carlton on field in background.


Irving High School football team member Joe Roberts kicks while Coach Carlton and Roy Ricker look on during pregame warm-ups in Irving, 1929.


Irving High School junior class, 1930-31: Seated: (l to r) Imogene Hatter, Velma Brown, Lydia Klingbeil, Elizabeth Wilson, Charlotte Smith, Theresa Milton, unknown, Juanita Wilson, Valers Notley. Standing: Floyd Williams, Dave Britain, Albert Anderson, Glen Jackson, Marion King, Otis Carlton (teacher), Roy Ricker, Cecil Jenkins, Murphy Poppewell, Glen Brown.


The Irving High School Pep Squad assembles along the sidelines during a game in Irving, 1929.

Irving High School Football, 1929  

The photos in this exhibit are from the Roy Ricker Collection. They provide an intimate look at schoolboy football in Irving, Texas, during...