Athletic Hall of Honor
2014 Athletic Hall of Honor
Tom L. Thornhill ’57
Tom L. Thornhill played tackle on the field and excelled in the classroom.
“They wouldn’t let you fail,” he said. “Schreiner had small classes with outstanding teachers and coaches.”
During his year and a half at Schreiner, Thornhill got to play in the All-Texas Junior College Football Squad in 1956. After Schreiner, Thornhill attended Tulsa College for a year and from there moved on to University of Georgia, participating in football at both. Once out of college, Thornhill just couldn’t find it in his heart to leave classrooms and fields behind, so he taught school and coached for 37 years. He also got into the administration side of public education and served as vice principal, principal and helped run a juvenile detention facility.
Walter Schulle, Jr. ’55
His teammates and coaches knew him as “The Flying Dutchman”—one of the best running backs in the state of Texas from 1954-56.
Schulle was the leading kickoff returner with 11 returns for 301 yards and the leading individual rusher with 133 carries for 601 yards. He was named All Conference, First Team and All State. Schulle also was awarded the President’s Trophy for outstanding running back, and he earned Honorable Mention and All American Running Back.
Schulle coached for 34 years in San Marcos, Santa Fe, Gary Job Corps and New Braunfels Independent School District. He also coached two teams to the state championship.