Longtime Ball High football coach William B. Bush died last week. He was 101.

Bush came to Ball High in 1936 as a math teacher and football coach. The next year he was elevated to head coach, a position he held for 16 seasons.

His Tornadoes advanced to the playoffs in 1949 and Bush was once chosen to coach in the North-South High School Football Classic all-star game.

In 1960, Ball High honored him by establishing the Bill Bush Scholarship Award, which is given each year to the senior football player with the highest academic standing.

Bush left the island in 1954 to become principal of Lampasas High School, where he worked until 1975.

Bush is survived by his children, William Bush Jr., John Bush and Elizabeth Black and their spouses, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Bush was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth.

Contact Reporter John DeLapp at 409-683-5244 or john.delapp@galvnews.com

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