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Joe Tusa to be inducted into Texas HS Football Hall of Fame

Joe Tusa, who served as Houston ISD’s athletic director from 1965-1989, will be inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Tusa’s reign over the program saw many milestones, including the integration of schools in the late 1960s and the 1972 inception of Title IX, which prohibits educational institutions from excluding anyone from any activity on the basis of sex.

“It was absolutely rewarding,” Tusa told the Waco Tribune. “The thing that’s so great about sports is it’s based on a person’s ability and nothing else. That’s the way it ought to be.”

Before Tusa became the district’s longest-serving athletic director, he served as an assistant football coach at his alma mater, Reagan High School.

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Featured in HISD’s Revamped eNews: Joe Tusa Reflects on Stadium Honor

The following story appeared in Friday eNews – HISD’s weekly  e-newsletter. Click here to subscribe and you’ll receive a roundup of the week’s top headlines, plus personal stories like this one and other interactive features.

In this week’s I am HISD, which features HISD graduates and HISD employees, former HISD Athletic Director and Reagan High School alumnus Joe Tusa talks about his 37 years with the district. On November 3, HISD officially renamed the district’s Northside sports complex the Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex in honor of Tusa, who is HISD’s longest serving athletic director. Continue reading