University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas at El Paso is a public research university in El Paso, Texas. It is member of the University of Texas System. UTEP is the second-largest university in the U. S. to have a majority Mexican American student population after the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the university's School of Engineering is the nation's top producer of Hispanic engineers with M. S. and Ph. D. degrees. On January 9, 2019, it was announced that UTEP is now classified as an "R1: Research University" in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education; this designation is reserved for doctoral universities with the highest levels of research activity. UTEP is home to the Sun Bowl stadium, which hosts the annual college football competition the Sun Bowl every winter; the campus is one of the few places in the world outside of Bhutan or Tibet to have buildings created with the Dzong architectural style. It sits on hillsides overlooking the Rio Grande river, with Ciudad Juárez in view across the Mexico–United States border.
On April 16, 1913, SB 183 was signed by the Texas governor allocating funding for a new educational institution which would become UTEP, making it the second oldest academic institution in the University of Texas system. The school opened on September 28, 1914, with 27 students in buildings belonging to the former El Paso Military Institute on a site adjacent to a former Fort Bliss location, at Hart's Mill; the school was founded in 1914 as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy, a practice mineshaft survives on the campus. By 1916, enrollment had grown to 39 students, including its first two female students, Ruth Brown and Grace Odell. On October 29, 1916, a devastating fire destroyed the main building of the school, prompting its relocation. In 1917, the new school facility was constructed on its present site above Mundy Heights, with the land donated by several El Paso residents. In a period when United States architects were designing in styles adopted from Europe, Kathleen Worrell, wife of the university's dean, was attracted by photographs of the Kingdom of Bhutan in a 1914 issue of National Geographic magazine, which showed the dzong architecture style of its Buddhist monasteries.
The resemblances between the local terrain and mountainous features of Bhutan inspired her to propose designing early buildings of the mining school in the dzong style. Liking its distinctiveness, administrations have continued to choose that style for additional facilities, including the Sun Bowl football stadium and parking garages. Dzong architecture has characteristics such as sloping sides, markedly overhanging roofs, bands of colored decoration; the University of Texas Board of Regents changed the name of the institution in 1919 first to the Department of Mines and Metallurgy and to the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas in 1920. The school's name was changed again in 1949 to Texas Western College of The University of Texas. Notable events at UTEP include the training in 1961 of the nation's first Peace Corps class, the construction of Sun Bowl Stadium in 1963, the winning of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in 1966; when the 60th Texas State Legislature designated the University of Texas as The University of Texas System in 1967, the name of the school was changed to The University of Texas at El Paso.
While the 1967 law designated "U. T. El Paso" as the school's official abbreviated name, the school is more referred to by its trademarked name of "UTEP". Known as the Miners since the school's opening in 1914, TCM's students painted a large "M" for Miners on the Franklin Mountains in 1923; the school has had achievements in academic and sports areas. In 1969, UTEP won the first of seven NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships. In 1974, UTEP's first doctoral degree program in Geological Sciences was approved. In 1974, UTEP won the first of seven NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships. In 1975 UTEP won Indoor National Championships. UTEP is only one of a handful of universities to win at least 21 NCAA national championships in multiple sports; the campus expanded in 1976 with the completion of the Engineering-Science Complex. That same year, the College of Nursing was founded. In 1977, the Special Events Center was built, featuring a 12,000-seat capacity for sporting events, live concerts, other performances.
An expansion of Sun Bowl Stadium followed in 1982, increasing its capacity to 52,000. The six-story University Library opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1984. In 1988, Diana Natalicio became UTEP's first woman president and is today the longest-serving still sitting president of a major public research university; the next year, UTEP's second doctoral program was approved. Doctoral programs in computer engineering and environmental science and engineering followed in 1991, 1993, 1995, respectively; the university's cooperative pharmacy and nursing doctorate programs began in 1996 and 2000, respectively. A biological sciences doctorate program was started in 1997 and a history doctorate followed in 1999. Doctoral programs in international business, civil engineering, rhetoric and composition were started in 2003. UTEP coach Don Haskins, who compiled a 719–353 record, suffering only five losing seasons, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 and the special events center was renamed the Don Haskins Center.
He retired from coaching in 1999, died in 2008. The entire 1966 UTEP team was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. In 1999, UTEP launched its MBA online deg
The Eyes of Texas
"The Eyes of Texas" is the school spirit song of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at El Paso. It is set to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad." Students, faculty and alumni of the University sing the song at Longhorn sports games, before the fireworks and other events. John Sinclair wrote the Texas-specific song lyrics in 1903 to the tune of the original folk song, "I've Been Working on the Railroad,", published nine years earlier in 1894. Sinclair was the editor of the Cactus yearbook and a UT band member, he wrote the lyrics per the request of band member Lewis Johnson. Johnson was the program director of the Varsity Minstrel Show that raised funds for the university track team, he debuted the song at the minstrel show known as a blackface performance. The lyrics are said to be intended to poke fun at University President Colonel Prather. Prather had attended Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, whose president, Robert E. Lee, would tell his students, "the eyes of the South are upon you."
Prather was known for including in his speeches a similar admonition, "The eyes of Texas are upon you," meaning that the state of Texas was watching and expecting the students to go out and do great things. Prather promoted its usage, he died not long thereafter, the song was played at his funeral. The song is sung at momentous occasions such as graduation and solemn occasions such as funerals. Led by the Longhorn Marching Band, it was sung at the July 14, 2007 funeral of First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, an alumna of the University of Texas; when singing the song, participants raise their right arm with their hand making the Hook'em Horns symbol of The University. A recording of "The Eyes of Texas" was played over the Rose Bowl public-address system when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills to win Super Bowl XXVII, while Madison Square Garden organist Ray Castoldi played it when the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks in the seventh game of the 1994 NBA Finals to clinch Texas' first NBA championship.
Highway rest stops through the state feature road signs stating that "The Eyes of Texas are upon You!" These signs feature a silhouette of a Texas Ranger, encouraging motorists to call 9-1-1 to report criminal activity. The Eyes of Texas is the alma mater of the University of Texas at El Paso. At the time, UTEP was called Texas College of Metallurgy, it was adopted in 1920 by the student body. UTEP is the second oldest academic component of the U. T. System, having been founded in 1914; the Eyes of Texas is the sung at the graduation of University of Texas Medical Branch. UTMB is the first, but not the only state medical school; the song appeared in the "Carmina Princetonia: The Princeton Song Book" as "Levee Song." It combines both the "Eyes of Texas" and "Texas Fight". The wording of the song is as follows."The Eyes of Texas are upon you, All the livelong day. The Eyes of Texas are upon you, You cannot get away. Do not think you can escape them At night or early in the morn -- The Eyes of Texas are upon you Til Gabriel blows his horn."
As stated, the lyrics are set to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad." It is common practice that the last line, "Til Gabriel blows his horn," is sung and played to a slower beat than the rest of the song. Students, staff and alum punctuate each beat of the last line with a small chopping motion of their right raised arm and "Hook'Em" hand sign; the song was sung by Capt. Oppo and citizens of Valerno in 1966 movie What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? The song was sung by a group of soldiers in the 1944 movie Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, based on the Doolittle Raid during World War II. Roy Rogers starred in a 1948 film titled Eyes of Texas; the song is sung in combat by pilot Cowboy Blithe in the 1951 movie Flying Leathernecks. The song is sung throughout by various infantrymen in the 1951 movie Go For Broke!. The song is played in the 1956 movie Giant; the song is on the soundtrack of Dimitri Tiomkin version of The Alamo, nominated for the Academy Awards of Best Music and for Best Music in 1961.
Elvis Presley sings it as part of a medley with "The Yellow Rose of Texas" in Viva Las Vegas from 1963. In Steven Spielberg's 1974 movie The Sugarland Express, as the slow-speed police chase comes into a small town thronged with supporters of the fugitive couple, the marching band is playing "The Eyes of Texas." The score was conducted by John Williams. As background to an inaugural ball for newly elected president Lyndon Johnson in the opening scene in the movie Path to War. Sung by Roy Orbison and Hank Williams Jr. to calm a rowdy group at a country-western bar in the film Roadie. Travis Redfish, played by Meat Loaf sings along. Used as the theme song for both the radio and television versions of Tales of the Texas Rangers. Sung by a group of schoolchildren at President John F. Kennedy's breakfast speech in Fort Worth, Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963; this clip can be seen in the film "The Men Who Killed Kennedy" and, more in The History Channel's 2009 documentary JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America.
Played in "The Right Stuff", as background when Project Mercury Astronauts arrive at the official party held in their honor in the Houston Astrodome. Sung at Texas Bluebonnet Girls State, as part of the flag ceremony medley; the song forms the chorus portion of "VI. Chorale and Finale" from Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities; the rock group Masters of Reality uses the title in the lyrics of their song "
Don Haskins Center
The Don Haskins Center known as the Special Events Center, is the home of UTEP Miners men's and women's basketball. The venue is located in the heart of Texas. In addition to hosting sporting events, the Don Haskins Center is used by many area schools, such as El Paso Community College, for graduation and commencement ceremonies. Due to its large seating capacity, the center is the city's premier entertainment venue and has hosted big-name acts such as pop star Shakira's Tour of the Mongoose, Oral Fixation Tour and The Sun Comes Out World Tour, Britney Spears during her Circus Tour, comedian George Lopez and rock band KISS. Built in 1977, as the Special Events Center, the venue replaced Memorial Gym; the Special Events Center was renamed after UTEP's Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins in 1998. Haskins, best known for starting five African-American players in the 1966 NCAA Championship game against Kentucky, was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 and retired from the university in 1999.
The arena was the site of a milestone win during the 1997–1998 season, as coach Haskins notched his 700th career victory against SMU. The arena was the site of the 1984, 1985, 1990 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournaments and the 2011 and 2014 Conference USA tournaments, it hosted NCAA Men's Basketball tournament first- and second-round games in 1981. In September 2008 Don Haskins lay in state there for several days after dying of natural causes; the Haskins Center features a Robbins Bio-Channel Star maple floor, installed in the summer of 2002, as well as two modern locker rooms, training facilities and basketball coaches' offices. The game-day environment for basketball was enhanced in recent years with the addition of four new scoreboards and two video replay boards to the arena; the arena now has a total of seven electronic scoreboards. While it had been built as an alternative to the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, which at the time was the larger of the two arenas, today the Haskins Center is the dominant concert venue in the area and the Pan American Center has been used as the alternative venue since that arena was renovated in 2006.
The concert capacity for both is nearly the same, as both hold up to 13,000. It is the regional stop for World Wrestling Entertainment when it visits the El Paso area; the Miner men's basketball team has posted a 476–140 record in 34 years at the arena. UTEP won 25 straight home games from January 23, 1987 to December 16, 1989; the Miners have posted undefeated home records in three seasons: 1983–1984, 1985–1986 and 1988–1989. They won the first 10 conference games they played there after joining Conference USA in 2005. UTEP has defeated many top-10 ranked teams in the Don Haskins Center over the years, including #10 Arizona, #5 Georgetown, #5 Wyoming and #9 Utah, among others. UTEP has attracted 5,592,257 fans in 34 seasons at the arena; the 11,892-seat arena has been sold out for UTEP basketball games 112 times. Shakira holds the record of having the most shows in the arena as a female artist with 6 in total, she performed in the arena for the first time with Tour of the Mongoose on November 15 and 16, 2002.
She returned to the arena in February 2003 for another sold out show. This made her being the female artist with most shows in the venue with one single tour, she kicked off her North American leg of Oral Fixation Tour in the venue on August 9, 2006. She brought The Sun Comes Out World Tour to El Paso on October 13, 2010. On, she added a second show on October 12, 2010 after the first show was sold out. Depeche Mode were scheduled to perform during their Touring the Angel Tour on May 2, 2006, with She Wants Revenge as their opening act, but the show was cancelled, due to scheduling issues. New Kids on the Block were scheduled to perform during their Full Service Reunion Tour on July 13, 2009, but the show was cancelled; the Cure played a memorable gig on May 17, 2016 for about three hours with 5 encores and 5 songs they hadn't played for at least nine years including "The Perfect Girl" which hadn't been played since 1990. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas UTEP Special Events - Don Haskins Center UTEP Athletics - Don Haskins Center
El Paso Patriots
El Paso Patriots was an American soccer team based in El Paso, United States. Founded in 1989, the team played in the Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference; the team played its home games at the soccer-specific Patriot Stadium, where they played since 2005 until 2012, when they played their last season home schedule at the SAC. The team's colors were navy blue and white. Prior to their stadium being completed in 2005, the Patriots played at the Sun Bowl Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso, at Dudley Field, the former home of the El Paso Diablos baseball team, they were one of the more long-serving franchises in American soccer, having played in the first division A-League until 2003. Founded in 1989 as the El Paso Sixshooters and owned and coached by Dan Guard, the team competed in the Southwest Indoor Soccer League. In January 1990, the team ceased operations; the team resumed operations in the fall of 1990 as the El Paso Spurs.
Before the 1991 season, the Spurs were sold to a group which included primary investor Enrique Cervantes as well as Jaime Monardes. The new ownership group renamed the team the Patriots to capitalize on the Patriot missile's recent success in the Gulf War and hired Brazilian Marinho Chagas as head coach. In 2003, the team played in the Sun Bowl. Prior to the 2010 PDL season the Patriots signed a formal agreement with Mexican Premier Division team Guadalajara, were rebranded as the Chivas El Paso Patriots. In addition to cross-promotion and player development, the agreement will see the U-20, Division 1A and Division II Chivas teams playing regular games in El Paso. In 2012, the club rebranded to their original name El Paso Patriots; this list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who played professionally before joining the team. Ben Everson Carlos Farias Julio Daniel Frías Freddy Juarez Salvador Mercado Dimitar Popov Steve Sengelmann Dimitar Vasev USL PDL Southern Conference Champions 2005 USL PDL Mid South Division Champions 2005 USL PDL Mid South Division Champions 2004 USISL Pro League South Central Division Champions 1995 US Open Cup Runners-Up 1995 USISL Southwest Division Champions 1992 Dan Guard Marinho Chagas Oscar Lira Francisco Paco Chavez Greg Petersen Alfredo Solares Carlos Bracamontes Tita Miguel Murillo Fernando Gutierrez Jesus Enriquez Salvador Mercado Javier McDonald Sun Bowl Stadium.
2005: 1,546 2006: 867 2007: 789 2008: 1,269 2009: 607 2010: 1,069 Official Site Official PDL site
UTEP Miners football
The UTEP Miners football program represents University of Texas at El Paso in the sport of American football. The Miners compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the West Division of Conference USA, they are coached by Dana Dimel. UTEP has produced a Border Conference championship team in 1956 and a Western Athletic Conference championship team in 2000, along with 14 postseason bowl appearances; the Miners play their home games at the Sun Bowl which has a seating capacity of 51,500. The State College of Mines and Metallurgy fielded its first football team in 1914, under the direction of head coach Tommy Dwyer, who led the team until 1917. Head coach Harry Van Surdam took over the reins of the Miners in 1920, the same year the school changed its name to the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas. Former Texas head coach E. J. Stewart led the Miners football program from 1927 to 1928, compiling a 5–6–3 record during those two seasons.
Mack Saxon served as the head football coach of the Miners from 1929 to 1941, compiling a record of 66–43–9, making him the winningest head coach in program history. He led the Miners to three 7–1 seasons. Saxon led the Miners, an NCAA Division I-A independent for its entire 21-year history to that point, into the Border Conference in 1935. Saxon's 1936 team lost 34-6 to Hardin–Simmons in the 1937 Sun Bowl, the only bowl game to which his teams were invited. Jack Curtice had a successful run as the Miners head coach from 1946 to 1949, compiling a record of 24–13–3, which included back to back 8-2-1 campaigns during his final two years, it was in 1949 that the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas changed its name to Texas Western College. Curtice left the Miners to accept the position of head coach for Utah after the 1949 season. In June 1950, Mike Brumbelow was hired as the head football coach and athletic director at Texas Western, he had been operating sporting goods stores at Midland and Odessa, Texas at the time of his hiring at UTEP.
Brumbelow served as head football coach at UTEP from 1950 to 1956. He had a successful tenure as coach, guiding his teams to a 46–24–3 record; the team won eight or more games three times, in 1953, 1954 and 1956. He led UTEP to appearances in the 1954 Sun Bowl, 1955 Sun Bowl, 1957 Sun Bowl, two of which UTEP won. Brumbelow retired as UTEP's football coach in July 1957 and as athletic director in 1959, he retired as the school's second winningest head football coach and held that distinction until he was surpassed by Mike Price in 2012. Brumbelow was inducted into El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 1964, the UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Ben Collins was promoted from assistant coach to head coach following Brumbelow's retirement. Under his tutelage, the Miners compiled a record of 18–29–1, he succeeded Brumbelow as athletics director. Collins resigned after multiple losing seasons at the helm of Miners football. Bum Phillips came to Texas Western from Amarillo High School and led the Miners for one season, a 4–5 campaign in 1962.
He left the Miners to return to the high school ranks with Port Neches–Groves High School in 1963. Texas Western again returned to the high school ranks to find a head football coach in 1963, this time nabbing Warren Harper from Sherman High School. However, after two seasons and a 3–15–2 overall record, the Miners athletics administration relieved Harper of his head coaching duties. Former Tulsa head coach Bobby Dobbs came to Texas Western from the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. In addition the head coaching stints in the CFL and Tulsa, Dobbs played fullback for an Army program under Earl Blaik that won consecutive national championships in 1944 and 1945. In his first season as the Miners head coach, Dobbs turned a 0–8–2 team into an 8–3 that defeated powerhouse North Texas 61-15 in the season opener and beat TCU 13-12 in the Sun Bowl. In the season's second game, the Miners defeated New Mexico by a score of 35-14. Dobb's team defeated New Mexico State by a score of 21-6 and Colorado State by a score of 35-10.
The Miners lost their next three to Wyoming, Arizona State and Arizona. They broke their three-game skid by defeating Utah by a close 20-19, they followed that with a 57-33 win over I-AA opponent Xavier. The Miners finished off the 1965 season with a 38-21 win over I-AA West Texas A&M and the 13-12 Sun Bowl win over TCU. In April 1966, Dobbs turned down an offer from his alma mater to succeed Paul Dietzel as Army head coach due to his wife, Joanne's illness that required her to stay in the warm climate in El Paso; the Miners went 6–4 in 1966. They began the season with a 30-26 loss to Arizona State on September 17. After losing to North Texas the following week by a score of 12-9, Dobb's team responded with four straight victories. Texas Western lost consecutive games to BYU and Wyoming. Dobbs led his team to two wins to close the season. In 1967, Texas Western College changed its name to the University of Texas at El Paso. Dobbs' football team led the nation in passing and scoring that season, losing its two games by a total of three points.
They finished the season with a 7–2–1 record. UTEP kicked off the season with a 50-14 thrashing of I-AA foe UC Santa Barbara. After a narrow 33-32 loss to Arizona State, the Miners tied Arizona at 9-9. Dobbs' Miners won their next four, defeating BYU 47-17, scoring a school-record 75 points in a 75-12 rout of New Mexico, a 46-24 win over New Mexico
Northeast El Paso
Northeast El Paso is part of the city of El Paso, Texas and is located north of Central El Paso, east of the Franklin Mountains. Its southern boundary is variously given as Fred Wilson Boulevard or Cassidy Road and Van Buren Avenue, it extends northward to the New Mexico state line. Development of Northeast El Paso, which had begun before the Second World War around the Logan area, started in earnest during the 1950s, when many homes were demolished in the process of the construction of Interstate 10, it is one of the more ethnically diverse areas of town due to a high concentration of enlisted military families. Northeast El Paso has not developed at a rate comparable to East El Paso and Northwest El Paso, but in recent years, it has seen an increase in development, it is expected that the population in Northeast El Paso will grow more as a result of the troop increase for Fort Bliss in the coming years. Northeast El Paso has gained recognition throughout the city for schools like Parkland, Irvin and Chapin because of their outstanding athletic programs.
Northeast El Paso was once an un-mapped open plain prior to the 1880s, when the first surveys of the area took place. The area was first called LaNoria, which means "the well," and, suggested by Mrs. Joseph Magoffin. A cemetery was founded in the 1800s in the area now near Magoffin Middle School called the McGill Pauper Cemetery; the cemetery was founded by a judge, Joseph McGill, stopped accepting new burials in 2009. In 1893, Fort Bliss was relocated to El Paso in the Northeast area. In 1906, around 20,000 cattle grazed in the area. An important portion of the Northeast, the plats of Tobin, New Tobin and Nations Map of Tobin date to 1907. In this area, Frank R. Tobin created electric plant, fire department and well. An ad in the El Paso Herald touted that $1 was enough to get started in investing in "Nations' Tobin Town." The community was owned by 1,200 people, but failed because it was too far away from the city of El Paso at the time. A small town called Lynchville grew up north of Fort Bliss and existed during World War I.
This land was granted to Fort Bliss for the Sierra Madre housing project in World War II. In 1955, the land was given back to the city. In 1926, Fort Bliss obtained land. Lots were platted in 1954 along the edge of El Paso. Mountain View plat was filed by Charles H. Foster in 1953-54; the firm Haynesworth and Huckleberry filed the Tobin Park Plat in 1955. In 1955, William Mayfield filed the Mountain Park plat; the city began to annex land going north, until in 1959, the city boundary was only five miles away from the Texas-New Mexico border. In 1960, the NorthPark Mall, made up of more than fifty stores was built on Dyer Street; the outdoor mall opened on May 1, 1960 and was designed by the firm Nesmith and Lane and built by J. E. Morgan and Son and Karam Construction Company, it was an alternative to shopping in downtown El Paso. It was the largest shopping area in El Paso at the time. During the 1960s, the mall was the "Northeast area's heartbeat," according to the El Paso Times. By the late 70s and early 80s, Northgate faced competition from other malls and in the 1990s, it died with store after store becoming boarded up.
The city purchased the property for $6 million. After years of neglect, the mall was demolished in 2011. Other major shopping areas include Sunrise Rushfair; the area had only 201 residents in 1950. In 1953, there were around 8,000 residents. There were around 84,000 people living in Northeast El Paso in 1960. In 1964, the population had grown to 46,010; the quick growth of Northeast El Paso after 1950 was due to the post-war housing boom which attracted young professionals to the area. According to El Paso Parks and Recreation public relations coordinator, Wayne Thornton, the Northeast "has the largest concentration of youth teenagers, on the streets." Northeast El Paso is bounded by the Franklin Mountains, New Mexico, Fort Bliss and railroad tracks at Memorial Park. In 1964, the Transmountain Road was approved in order to connect the northeast and northwest of El Paso across the Franklin Mountains. One of the main thoroughfares through the Northeast is Dyer Street. Former El Paso mayor, John Cook, said, "Dyer is indicative of Northeast El Paso.
It is our living room. When people see Dyer they see the Northeast." Between Gateway North, Dyer street and Hondo Pass is the neighborhood known as Angel's Triangle. An unusual house known as the "Sugar House" is located in the Northeast; the home is owned by Rufino Loya who started decorating his home with statues and mosaics starting in 1973. The style is similar to art from Zacatecas. One of the neighborhoods in the area was once known as the Devil's Triangle, though after police and resident action, became known as the Angel's Triangle. Other neighborhoods include Castner Heights, bordered by the Patriot Freeway, Diana Drive and Hondo Pass Drive. Castner Heights has a neighborhood association of around 400 people as of 2009. Castner Heights has faced controversy over the bright canary yellow that the local elementary school, was painted. Logan Heights is a military housing area close to Fort Bliss; the Milagro Hills neighborhood is bounded by Diana Street and Dyer Street. In 2009, the neighborhood established the Milagro Hills Neighborhood Association.
Another neighborhood in the northeast is Mountain Park, built high into the Franklin
Glory Road (film)
Glory Road is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by James Gartner, based on a true story surrounding the events leading to the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship. Don Haskins portrayed by Josh Lucas, head coach of Texas Western College, coached a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history. Glory Road explores racism and student athletics. Supporting actors Jon Voight and Derek Luke star in principal roles; the film was a co-production between the motion picture studios of Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Texas Western Productions, Glory Road Productions. It was commercially distributed by Buena Vista Pictures theatrically and by the Buena Vista Home Entertainment division for the video rental market, it premiered in theaters nationwide in the United States on January 13, 2006, grossing $42,938,449 in box office business despite mixed reviews from critics. Glory Road was nominated for a number of awards including the Humanitas Prize.
On January 10, 2006, the original motion picture soundtrack was released by the Hollywood Records music label. The soundtrack was orchestrated by musician Trevor Rabin; the DVD release, featuring theatrical trailers, extended interviews with players and colleagues of coach Haskins, deleted scenes, among other highlights, was released in the U. S. on June 6, 2006. Newly appointed men's basketball coach Don Haskins gets a new job at Texas Western College in El Paso. Lacking necessary financial resources, he makes an effort to recruit the best players regardless of race to form a team that can compete for a national championship; some of the young men he brings in possess skill, but are raw in talent when it comes to organized teamwork focusing on defense and ball distribution. In the end, his Texas Western Miners team comprises seven black and five white athletes. Haskins puts his players through a rigorous training program, threatening to cut anyone who doesn't work as hard as he demands, while trying to integrate his players into a single team with a common goal.
Following initial victories against mediocre local teams, Haskins discovers that he has to give his black players more free room on the court. Yet, the more victories his team achieves with its flamboyant style, up until this point seen in college basketball, the more racial hatred mounts on his squad; this culminates in threats to his own family, the beating of a player while on the road and the vandalism of his team's motel rooms by racists while they are at an away game. Frightened, the team loses its last game of the regular season after the black players stop playing with passion. Thus, the Texas Western Miners finish the 1965-66 regular season with a 23–1 record, entering the 1966 NCAA tournament ranked third in the nation. Going on to the NCAA final, played at College Park, they take on the top-ranked University of Kentucky under legendary coach, Adolph Rupp. Rupp, with a well-organized and more experienced all-white Wildcats squad believes that his opponent stands no chance. On the eve of the decisive game, Haskins decides to experiment with a bold strategy, informing his team that he intends to start an all-black lineup in the game, only using the two other black players in the rotation.
In the midst of insurmountable odds, Texas Western encounters mounting problems with forward and team captain Harry Flournoy leaving the game with an injury, their center David Lattin in foul trouble. In a close game, the Miners narrowly lead at halftime, but manage to beat Kentucky 72–65 with some impressive steals and passing techniques in the second half; the film ends with the players exiting the plane that brought them back to El Paso to the greeting of a raucous crowd. Josh Lucas as Don Haskins Derek Luke as Bobby Joe Hill Austin Nichols as Jerry Armstrong Jon Voight as Adolph Rupp Evan Jones as Moe Iba Red West as Ross Moore Schin A. S. Kerr as David Lattin Alphonso McAuley as Orsten Artis Mehcad Brooks as Harry Flournoy Sam Jones III as Willie Worsley Damaine Radcliff as Willie Cager Emily Deschanel as Mary Haskins, wife of Don Haskins Al Shearer as Nevil Shed Tatyana M. Ali as Waltina "Tina" Malichi Wilbur Fitzgerald as Wade Richardson David Dino Wells Jr. as John Anderson Glory Road was inspired by a true story, as described by Texas Western's head coach Don Haskins in his autobiography of the same title, a national bestseller released in 2005 by Hyperion Books.
The book details Haskins' early life as a player and women's basketball coach. Like the film, it focuses on the 1966 Texas Western men's basketball team and the aftermath of the championship, it was reprinted five times in its first four months of release and was selected as an "Editor's Choice" by the New York Times Book Review. Additionally, Glory Road is the name of a street on the UTEP campus near the Sun Bowl, renamed to commemorate the 1966 NCAA championship. Asked about his decision to start five black players, Haskins downplayed the significance of his decision. "I didn't think about starting five black guys. I just wanted to put my five best guys on the court. I just wanted to win the game." Though credited with advancing the desegregation of college basketball teams in the South, he wrote in his book "I did not expect to be some racial pioneer or to change the world."Dunking was banned in the NCAA from 1967 to 1976, not the least due to the success of the