Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Inductees: H.N. "Rusty" Russell

H.N. "Rusty" Russell

Fort Worth Masonic Home, Highland Park (Coach)


Inducted in 1986

Rusty Russell began his coaching career in Granger in 1922 and then spent four seasons at Temple (1923-26) but became a legend at Masonic Home, a school for orphans in Fort Worth. Russell’s “Mighty Mites” often played and defeated schools with much bigger players and enrollments. Russell’s 16 seasons at Masonic Home included a class B title in 1931, a loss to Corsicana in the 1932 state championship game on penetrations, and three other trips to the semi-finals. Russell served as President of the Texas High School Coaches Association in 1935-36. He later coached at Highland Park from 1942-1944 where he tutored Bobby Layne and Doak Walker. After serving five seasons as an assistant coach at SMU Russell accepted the head job from 1950-1952. Russell also coached at Schreiner College and Victoria Jr. College. He is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (1981) and the THSCA Hall of Honor (1961). Russell’s career high school coaching record was 161-37-14.