Marion Tawrice “Jap” Jones, 1995
Marion Tawrice “Jap” Jones (1923 - 2006) was a football and track star during his time at Booker T. Washington High School. He graduated in 1942, and attended Wiley College, where he continued his athletic pursuits of track, football, basketball, baseball, and tennis. His athletic abilities earned him varsity letters in track, basketball, and football as well as All-American honors. Jones began his coaching career at Galilee High School in Hallsville, TX. He then began teaching in DFW, winning state accolades for Booker T. Washington football and track teams in 1950-1 and then coaching at I.M. Terrell High School for nine years. While at I.M. Terrell, Jones served as Assistant and later Head Football Coach, Head Basketball Coach, and Assistant Track Coach. He also started a golf and tennis team for boys and girls at Dunbar High School. Jones eventually became Vice Principal of Dunbar High School, and later Poly High School, where he served until his retirement in 1983. Jones formed a local coaches’ association and fought to have Black coaches named to the Texas High School Association’s Hall of Fame. In addition to his coaching and education career, Jones was active in his community serving on numerous boards and organizations.