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Puncher Band Banquet Monday, Ken Hall To Be Guest Speaker
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 • Posted May 13, 2009

Pat Ruiz, director of the Mason Puncher Band, has informed the News that they will have their banquet on Monday, May 18, at the MISD cafeteria. The banquet begins at 6:00 p.m., and this year's guest speaker will be Mr. Ken Hall of Fredericksburg. The following information is the bio that will be used to introduce Mr. Hall.

It is my pleasure to introduce tonight’s guest speaker, my neighbor Ken Hall of Fredericksburg.

While most of you are too young to know about this gentleman, you should be aware that he is one of the most famous football players in the world. As a high school football player in Sugar Land, TX in the 1950s, Ken Hall established 17 national football records, several of which still stand to this day —over 50 years later.

But don’t take my word for it. Let’s quote from a 1982 article in Sports Illustrated magazine:

“Ken Hall, you see, is the best high school football player ever. Period. Nobody else is even close. Billy Sims, Doak Walker, Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Earl Campbell...all you guys may sit down. Today, 29 years after he finished his career at Sugar Land ( Texas) High School, Ken Hall still holds 11 national records.”

Those national records include Mr. Hall’s career prep rushing records of 11,232 yards in 4 years of high school — and his scoring record of 32.9 points per game. His record of 38 one hundred-yard games was tied by Steve Worster in 1966, but wasn’t broken until the mid-1980s by Emmitt Smith.

Mr. Hall also finished his career with 14,558 yards of total offense (11,232 rushing/3,326 passing), a record that would last until being broken by future Major League Baseball player J. R. House in 1998.

In addition, according to the National High School Sports Record Book, Mr. Hall still holds the national records for touchdowns per game (4.8) and rushing yards per game (337.1).

In a contest against Houston Lutheran High School in 1953, Mr. Hall averaged 47.3 yards on 11 carries for 520 yards (the state record for nearly 25 years and currently 4th), returned a punt 82 yards, a kickoff run of 64 yards and snatched a 21 yard interception for a combined 687 total yards. In this game he only played during the first half. That mark was broken in 1974 by John Bunch of Elkins, Ark., who ran for 608 yards. But he carried the ball 38 times and played the entire game.

In 1983, Mr. Hall was enshrined in the National High School Hall of Fame. He also belongs to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He was honored — by Sports Link —- in 1999 with the creation of the Kenneth Hall Trophy.

Serving as the nation’s highest high school football honor, the Kenneth Hall Trophy (molded in Hall’s likeness) is presented annually to the most outstanding football player in the nation. Some past winners include Chris Leak, Adrian Peterson, Mitch Mustain, and Terrelle Pryor. It has been called the Heisman Trophy for high school players.

Fifty-six years later, Mr. Hall still holds the following Texas state records:

· Single-season rushing yards (4,045 in 1953; this was accomplished in 12 games, and Hall remains the only Texas running back to rush for over 4,000 yards in one year)

· Career scoring (899 points from 1950 to 1953)

· Single-season scoring (395 points in 1953)

· Rushing per game (337.1 yards in 1953)

· Points per game (32.9 in 1953)

· Career rushing (11,232 yards from 1950 to 1953)

Last but not least, the newest stadium in Sugar Land ISD, a magnificent structure seating some 10,000 spectators, is named Ken Hall Stadium.

While Mr. Hall’s football exploits are the stuff of legends, few know that he was also a trumpet player in the Sugar Land High School Band during those years. It is this similarity to the tradition that you have here in Mason that makes him a unique personality to speak to you tonight.

And finally, you should know that Mr. Hall is active in community activities in Fredericksburg, including work with teen-agers in our little town, as well as being an Elder in Memorial Presbyterian Church. Mr. Hall has been married for 53 years to his childhood sweetheart, Gloria, and she accompanies him tonight.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present tonight’s guest speaker — Mr. Ken Hall!

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