2016 Hall of Fame Game Update

2016 Hall of Fame Game Information [Update: Video]
Posted on 11/09/2016

Last week we welcomed both former and current students to the 2016 Hall of Fame week concluding with the Hall of Fame Game on Friday at the WISD Stadium starting at 7:30 pm.

Before the game was the Waco ISD Middle School Band-extravaganza! All the middle school bands performed on the field with the Trojan and Lion bands.

The Lions and the Trojans football teams faced off to see who could claim "Best of the Crosstown Rivals". We'll not spoil it for you - watch the game above.

2016 HoF GameAt halftime was the Battle of the Bands as both High School Bands performed their last halftime exhibition for the school year. Both UHS and WHS bands recently earned 1's at contest - the highest marks awarded in UIL competition. It was certainly the very best halftime of the entire year.

Lion and Trojan fans alike also watched the traditional Fastest Fifth Grader Race just before the 3rd quarter began. Last year, Cedar Ridge won the fastest girls' race and Dean Highland won the fastest boys' race. Who will win this year?!! See it all in the video above.

Of course, what would the Hall of Fame game be without the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Below we've listed the inductees and included a little history on each.

Update: 2016.11.08 - Added Full Video coverage to page.

Paul DicksonOur first inductee is Paul Dickson.  Paul was a 1955 graduate of Waco High School.  During his high school years Paul excelled as an offensive and defensive lineman for the Tigers.

After high school, Paul accepted a football scholarship from the Baylor Bears.  At Baylor, Paul became a two-way starter in both his junior and senior years.  His career at Baylor was outstanding as he led the underdog Bears to a Sugar Bowl victory against the mighty Tennessee Vols in 1957.

In 1959, after a stellar collegiate career, Paul was a 1st round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams.  After short stints with the Rams, Cowboys, and Cleveland Browns, Paul found his pro football home when he was picked up by the newly formed Minnesota Vikings.  And, for the next 9 years, he was an integral part of the famous “Purple People Eaters” defensive line.  In his final season with the Vikings, Paul was fortunate to have been a part of Super Bowl IV.

Tonight, the Waco I.S.D. Athletic Department is proud to recognize the late Paul Dickson as our newest inductee in the WISD Athletic “Hall of Fame”  

Note: Here to accept the award on behalf of their father are Slade and Scott Dickson and families.




Charles SilmonOur next inductee is Charles Silmon.  Charles is a 2009 graduate of Waco High School.  He competed in football and track throughout his high school career.

In the spring of 2008, Charles burst onto the track scene after finishing as a runner up at the State meet in the 200 M Dash.  His 21.02 clocking was recorded as the 5th fastest schoolboy time in the nation.  Then, in the spring of 2009, Charles claimed the state title in the 100 M Dash to cap off an amazing and illustrious H.S. career.

After graduation, Charles lit up the collegiate and international track world both as an individual and as a team member.  His Freshman year, he blazed to a 10.24 100 M dash to capture his first conference title in the Mountain West Conference.  In 2011, he was 2nd team All American in the 100 M and 200 M dash in the same conference.

Then in 2012, the Horned Frogs first year in the Big 12, Charles earned 2nd Team All American honors as he once again was the 100 M dash champion.

In his final collegiate season, Charles became the fastest man in sports by winning the 100 M dash in “get this” 9.89 seconds.  For his efforts, Charles was named outstanding male performer of the season.

Please join the Waco I.S.D. athletic department in honoring Charles Silmon as Waco’s newest inductee into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jay JohnsonOur next nominee is Jay Johnson.  Jay was a 3-year letterman as a running back for the Lions.  In 1990 he burst onto the scene as a lead blocker for Hall of Famer Louis Fite and as an exceptional runner in his own right.  In 1991, Jay led the Lions to the state semifinals scoring 25 touchdowns and rushing for 2,518 yards, His 363 yds. rushing in the bi-district encounter with Austin Anderson was the first time a Waco runner eclipsed the 300-yard mark in a single game.

Jay signed with the LSU Tigers in 1992.  In 1993 he led the Bayou Bengals in rushing.  He spent his next two collegiate years playing for the legendary Eddie Robinson @ Grambling State.  While at Grambling, Jay amassed 1,396 yards and 9 Touchdowns during his Junior year in Ruston.   Jay earned First Team All SWAC in his senior year after rushing for 886 yds. on 131 carries.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.

Jay signed with the Miami Dolphins in 1999 and again in 2001.  He currently resides with his wife and his two children in Atlanta.

The Waco I.S.D.  Athletic department is proud to induct Jay Johnson as our newest member into the WISD Hall of Fame.




Ricky perezOur next inductee is Ricky Perez.  Ricky is a 1996 graduate of UHS and is currently on the coaching staff at his Alma Mater.

During his high school career, Ricky earned four varsity letters.  From 1993-1996, Ricky amassed unbelievable statistics as he led the Trojan soccer program into statewide prominence.  For his efforts, he was chosen to play in the annual state of Texas soccer All-Star game.  And, prior to his selection, he was selected 1st team All-Regional.

Equally impressive were his statistical achievements.  He led the state of Texas with a total of 36 goals his senior year.  And, to top it off, he scored 11 goals in one game vs Lampasas to set a single game scoring record that still stands.

So tonight, we ask you to join the athletic department in honoring Coach Ricky Perez as Waco I.S.D. newest inductee into the Hall of Fame.