Woodrow Wilson High School, the country’s only public high school to produce two Heisman Trophy winners, has named its new track after the men.
In May, the school broke ground on the Davey O’Brien and Tim Brown Track.
The Heisman Trophy honors collegiate football’s most successful player. O’Brien won it in 1938 and Brown in 1987. Of the top 100 college players of all time, O’Brien ranks No. 71 and Brown No. 64.
Naming the track for two such accomplished athletes is an appropriate honor for them, Woodrow athletic director Bobby Estes says.
“The football players know who they are, but I think the rest of the students don’t,” he says. “This adds a little to their recognition.”
Brown, a 1984 graduate who plays for Tampa Bay Bucaneers, attending the May 23 groundbreaking. He still actively supports the school, Estes says, and plays in an annual benefit golf tournament.
Brown won the Heisman Trophy and Walter Camp Award and was a consensus All-American while a wide receiver and punt returner for Notre Dame. He was a first-round draft pick in 1987, played 18 years for the Oakland Raiders and was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times.
O’Brien graduated in 1935 and went to play quarterback for Texas Christian University. He guided his team to an undefeated season and the national championship in 1938, leading him to win the Heisman, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award in the same year.
O’Brien played professionally with the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons until he retired in 1940. He was name to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1956.
Woodrow has never had an on-campus track. It will be a four-lane, all-weather surface with a long jump track in the center.
“In the school’s 76-year history, it’s the first time the track team can work out at the school,” Estes says. “It will be a great improvement.”
Estes says he expects construction to be complete by early August. The track will also be open for community use when not occupied by students, he says.
Woodrow is also getting a new athletic complex across the street at Randall Park, which is being built on city land with school district money. The facility will house soccer, baseball, and softball fields and include a plaza area, concession stand, maintenance building and restrooms.
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