2012 Inductees

Dr. Curtis Culwell

Curtis Culwell thrived on the gridiron as a Corsicana Tiger, playing for his father—longtime Texas high school football coach and educator, Mark Culwell. A three-year letterman at center for the Tigers, Curtis twice earned all-district honors. During his senior year in 1971, he earned a spot on the Central Texas Super Pre-season Football Team and was an integral part of Corsicana’s Quarterfinal finish in the Class 4A state playoffs. After high school, Curtis went on to play football for Abilene Christian University, making him the third member of his family to suit up for the Wildcats and head coach Wally Bullington.

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Chester Johnson

A letterman in football, basketball, and track, Chester Johnson helped set several athletic records at George Washington Carver High School. He led the Tigers to their first undefeated football season in 1963, starting at quarterback. That year, Carver scored 368 points in 10 games to claim the District 3A Championship Title. Starting at halfback during the 1964 season, Chester helped the Tigers claim another District 3A Championship Title and advance to the final round of state playoffs. Before graduating from high school, he led the Carver track team to a second place district finish...

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Jerry Russell

Jerry Russell thrived at end during one of the most successful eras of Garland football. During his senior season of 1954, Jerry helped guide Garland to the 3A Quarterfinal Round of the state playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Breckenridge, 20-7. He was voted team captain and earned Second-Team All-State honors. The district championship picked up by Garland that year was the first of four-consecutive titles for the Owls from 1954-57—a feat that has only been matched one other time in history (1994-97). He also flourished on the basketball court and as a track athlete, claiming the district title...

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Debra Spain

From an early age, Debra Spain maintained a gift for one of the most challenging and complex games in sport—golf. This talent and passion drove the 1973 graduate of Garland High School to a stellar golfing career where she became known throughout the country as one of the game’s best instructors and players. Debra’s path to golfing success was not conventional—Garland High did not field a girls golf team during her days as an Owl. Three years after her graduation, Debra joined the staff at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson.

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