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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]

Pat Hartsfield

Class of 2015

Pat Hartsfield | 1951 - 1953 | Lubbock High School | Football

Perhaps no member of the newest Lubbock ISD Hall of Honor class can lay claim to being known as an “iron man” like former Lubbock High Westerner, Pat Hartsfield. Hartsfield, an all-everything, two-way player for the Westerners from 1951-53, never stepped off the field in his final high school season, playing every minute of every game in the ’53 campaign.

Hartsfield, a supremely gifted defensive end for the LHS squad, helped steer the Westerners to their second consecutive state title in 1952 and along the way he was named to a plethora of post-season honors. He garnered a spot on the National High School All-American team as a defensive end in 1953 after earning honors as an All-State performer in both 1952 and 1953. In ’53 he received All-State honors both ways as an offensive and defensive end.

In helping the LHS grid heroes to their second straight 13-0 season and state title run in 1952, Hartsfield established himself as a force to reckon with and carried that through into his senior season. In his two years of starting for the Westerners he led the squad in tackles both seasons and he blocked 18 kicks along the way, 12 punts and six extra points. During the 1953 campaign he also led the LHS offense in receptions.

At the conclusion of his high school career he represented Lubbock High in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game as well as playing in the ’54 Greenbelt Bowl Game where he was named the “Defensive MVP.” Unlike many of his LHS teammates, who would go on to play at the University of Texas, Hartsfield stayed at home to play for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Hartsfield, a two-way end in the era of one-platoon football, was a Red Raiders stalwart from 1954 through 1957. He was among eight honored at the annual Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor inductions in 2013. He helped Tech go 7-2-1 and 7-3-1 his first two years before suffering through a pair of two-win seasons to finish his career.
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