Joe Tusa

Heights High School alumnus Joe Tusa.

Four alumni from area high schools have been selected to the first class of Houston ISD’s new Athletic Hall of Honor.

Craig Reynolds and Joe Tusa from Heights High School (known as Reagan when they attended school there), along with Booker T. Washington High School graduate Eldridge Dickey and Northside High School alumnus Nancy Richey are among 16 athletes who will be inducted during a ceremony at Delmar Field House on Aug. 14.

Tickets to the event run from $5-$15 and can be purchased online at gofan.co/app/school/TX27294.

Reynolds, who spent 11 of his 14 Major League Baseball seasons with the Houston Astros, graduated from Reagan in 1971 after a storied high school career that ended with him being named Greater Houston High School Athlete of the Year. He was taken 22nd overall in the 1971 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Reagan and became the only shortstop in MLB history to be selected to the All-Star Game in the American League and National League squads in consecutive seasons, with the Seattle Mariners in 1978 and the Astros the following season.

Tusa was a receiver and defensive lineman for the Reagan football team in the mid-1940s and played collegiately at Rice. He became a coach at his alma mater in 1953 before serving as HISD’s athletic director from 1965-89 – the longest tenure of any athletic director, according to the district.

Dickey, a quarterback, went on to play at Tennessee State University after graduation, throwing for more than 6,600 yards and 74 touchdowns, according to HISD. From there, HISD said Dickey ran track at Texas Southern University before becoming the first Black quarterback to be drafted by an AFL/NFL team when the Oakland Raiders took him 25th overall.

The district said Richey, whose school was called Jefferson Davis High School when she attended, was one of the “Original 9” along with Billie Jean King to help women break into the professional tennis scene when they competed in the first Virginia Slims tournament in Houston in September 1970. Richey won 69 singles titles during her career, according to HISD, and was also part of four Grand Slam doubles titles while rising to become the second-ranked women’s player in 1969. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.

The members of HISD's 16-person Athletic Hall of Honor class are:

- Jackie Carr, basketball, Wheatley HS

- Ralph Cooper, sports media, Worthing HS

- Eldridge Dickey, football, Booker T. Washington HS

- Kat Espinosa, softball, Bellaire HS

- Carlette Guidry-Falkquay, track and field, Sterling Aviation HS

- Darrell Green, football and track, Jones HS

- Dwight Jones, basketball, Wheatley HS

- Monica Lamb, basketball, Yates HS

- David Lattin, basketball, Worthing HS

- Craig Reynolds, baseball, Reagan HS (now Heights)

- Nancy Richey, tennis, Jeff Davis (now Northside)

- Ken Spain, basketball, Austin HS

- Greg Swindell, baseball, Sharpstown HS

- Joe Tusa, coaching and administration, Reagan HS (now Heights)

- Delvin Williams, football and track, Kashmere HS

- Vince Young, football, Madison HS

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