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Saturday, July 27th, 2024

at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For table sponsorship info: Call David Thetford – 806-777-0677
or send an email request to: [email protected]

Fred White

Class of 2017

Fred White | 1967-1969 | Estacado High School | Football

When Estacado High School opened in 1967, Fred White was an incoming junior. He played middle linebacker on the 1968 3A State Championship Team. He was All-District, All-City, and became one of Estacado’s first All-State athletes when named to the 3A All-State Team as a linebacker in 1968, along with teammate James Mosley.

White played in the middle of the defensive line. The coaches let him wear a blue helmet, while all the other players wore silver. To this day, people still call White by his nickname, “Blue.”

During the 1968 season, several of the state’s premier offensive players lined up against EHS, including two-time All-State Running Back Joe Wylie (Henderson High School), Eugene Lewis (Refugio High School), Tim Peden (Kermit High School), A.G. Perryman (Lubbock Dunbar High School), Aubrie McCain and Benjie Kemp (Sweetwater High School), and Jimmy Carmichael (Brownwood High School). Each of these reputable players were held to season lows in offensive performance, citing Fred White as the main reason. The entire defense was good, but White was the catalyst.

Coach Jimmie Keeling said this about White – “Fred was the best defensive player on any team I ever coached in 35 years of high school coaching. If Fred had come along a little later, he would have been one of the most recruited kids in Texas. Even one year later, that had all changed a lot.”

White received an athletic scholarship to play football at Howard Payne University. He was a part of the 1971 team that won the Lone Star Conference Championship. That year’s team also won the Cowboy Bowl in Oklahoma.

After college, White went to work for Xcel Energy. He has served as Chairman of the Deacons at Community Baptist Church, volunteered for the 19th of June Celebration, and served a term on the City of Lubbock Zoning Board. White has been married to his wife Lucy for over 40 years.
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