It has been a month since I started out on my first road trip of the 2014 Texas High School Football season. I have driven over 2250 miles in visits to The Woodlands, Mason, New London and, most recently, El Paso in order to document the experience of the state-wide phenomenon of high school football. So far I've ran into everything from Mason High School boosters raffling off an AR-15 rifle before the game to a One Direction concert backing up traffic everywhere around El Paso High School, and with more than two thirds of the way to go I am sure there are crazier things to come.
This week, When In Texas took me to El Paso High School, home of the Tigers. Built in 1916 at the foot of the Franklin Mountains overlooking El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, El Paso High is the oldest high school in the border city, as well as one of the most beautiful in the state. Its Classic Revival architecture, designed by famed architectural firm Trost & Trost, overlooks one of the first concrete stadiums in the country: R. R. Jones Stadium.
Only the third-oldest active high school football stadium in the state, R. R. Jones Stadium boasts a unique design, as well as incredible views at either end of the field. Nestled in between a scenic cliff and the school's Corinthian porch, R. R. Jones Stadium is consistently mentioned as one of the top high school football stadiums not only in the state, but in the whole country.
Please enjoy the images, stay tuned for next week's post featuring the oldest active stadium in the state and catch up with the previous installments of When In Texas either by scrolling down or clicking on the following:
Week 1: Woodlands College Park vs Pearland
Week 2: Mason vs De Leon
Week 3: West Rusk vs Sabine