Clair Houston
Clair Houston

Event:
football, baseball, track

Hall of Fame Class:
1999


Earned nine letters at Ol' Mizzou - three each in football, baseball and track. Also played two years of basketball but did not letter. A native of Maywood, Ill., he was the captain of Coach Don Faurot's first team at MU in 1935, and earned honorable mention honors as a fullback. He was also the Tigers' starting fullback in 1932 and '33. In track, Houston threw the shot and discus, and as a freshman, placed second in the M-Men's boxing tournament as a heavyweight. He was the freshman football coach under Faurot in 1939-40, then began a high school coaching career that took him to Lamar, Higginsville and St. Louis, where he coached at both McKinley and Roosevelt High Schools. Moving into administration, he was the principal at Stix Elementary School, Cleveland High School and Northwest High School. He was president of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Board of Control in 1972-73, then was assistant executive director of MSHSAA from 1973-79. He was a high school official for 32 years and in that role helped organize the Greater St. Louis Athletic Association. Deceased.

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