1987 Inductees

Bobby Boyd

Bobby Boyd was a four-sport standout in high school for the Owls, but is best remembered for his accomplishments in football. He was Garland's first scholastic All-American in 1955, and was twice selected as an All-State halfback following the 1954 and 1955 seasons. He is still the Owls' all-time leader in rushing, scoring and interceptions, accounting for 3,150 yards on the ground (averaging 7.19 yards per carry), 35 touchdowns and 23 pass thefts during his varsity career. He also starred in basketball, baseball and track during his years at Garland High.

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Ross Collins

Ross Collins was an all-around good athlete, but is known primarily in sports circles for his skills on the golf course, both as a player and a teaching pro. A member of the North Texas Hall of Fame and Texas Golf Hall of Fame, he was a two-time winner of both the National Lefthanded Championship and National Lefthanded Open. He also finished first on the National Lefthanded Tour in 1951-52. Ross served as the Head Golf Professional at Dallas' Lakewood Country Club, Dallas Athletic Country Club and Dallas Country Club, and most recently was Golf Director of River Hill Country Club in Kerrville.

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Bill Ellington

Bill Ellington was born in Quinlan, Texas and graduated from high school in Lefors, Texas. He came to Garland in the 1950s and coached the Garland Owls to the city's first state football championship. As a coach, he taught his players more than just the fundamentals of the game. "Coach Ellington was a tremendous influence," says one of his former players, fellow Garland Hall of Fame inductee, Bobby Boyd. "What he taught me is you need to have the desire to win." Bill was Garland High's head coach from 1950 to 1957, and during his tenure, the Owls climbed from Class A to AAA and compiled an overall record of 64-20-5.

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Henry (Choc) Sanders

Henry "Choc" Sanders grew up on a farm outside of Garland and attended Garland Schools. He officially competed for Garland High School from 1919 until 1922, when Garland first became known as the Owls. During that time, the teams of which he was a member compiled a record of 20-6-3. This particular won-loss figure is so noteworthy because many of the games were played against schools with considerably larger enrollments. Known for his abilities as a runner, passer, kicker and defender, and highly respected by his fellow athletes, Choc was elected Captain of his team at Garland High.

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