Victor Rodríguez (’55) was the first Hispanic scholarship athlete and
the first Hispanic letterman in North Texas history. In his senior year,
Rodríguez was the secretary of the Geezles Fraternity, a member of both
the Varsity Track and Sprint Medley Relay Teams, and recipient of a
track scholarship. He also participated in the Drake Relays and the
Two-Mile Relay at Kansas, where his team took first place in both.
Rodríguez was also featured in the 1955 Yucca’s “Who’s Who in Among
Students in American Universities and Colleges.”
Rodríguez earned a BA in Art Education in 1955, and returned to North
Texas State College to earn an MA in Education in 1962. After completing
his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Dr. Rodríguez became the first
Mexican-American school superintendent in San Antonio, where he was
honored with numerous awards during his tenure.
His autobiography The Bell Ringer was published in 2005, preserving
his life story and defining moments for future generations. He was
inducted into the UNT Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
Dr. Rodríguez graciously donated his personal archives to the University
of North Texas Archives. The collection includes his Varsity letter
jacket, as well as several medals, photographs, and clippings
illustrating his numerous achievements.