Cullen Ray Davis

HHS Class of 1962

1960 - Junior Year

1961 - Senior Year

Cullen Ray Davis played halfback and safety for the Eagles from 1958-1962. He was a four year letterman and served as the team captain in 1961. The 1961 football team went undefeated during the regular season only to be defeated by Brady in the first round of the playoffs. The team finished with a 10-1 record. If research is correct, there were only three other team that won as many or more games in HHS history. The 1936 team finished with a 10-1 record, the 1966 team went 11-1, and the 1955 team finished at 12-2.

During his athletic career at HHS Cullen received numerous awards. He was an All-District selection in 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961. He received Super Centex honors in 1959, 1960, and 1961. In 1960 and 1961 Cullen was both All-State and All-American. Cullen also excelled in track, participating in the long jump, pole vault, 100 yard dash, 200 yard dash, 400 yard dash, the sprint relay, and the mile relay. In his four years on the track team, he was a district champion and a regional qualifier, and he qualified for the state track meet in 1962 where he finished 2nd in the 400 yard dash. Rounding out his high school athletic career, Cullen participated in basketball his freshman and sophomore years, serving as a point guard for the team.

After graduating from HHS, Cullen went on to Abilene Christian University. There he was a four year letterman (1962-1965) for the football team, a two year letterman (1963 & 1965) in track, and served as a graduate assistant for the track program in 1966-67. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1967. Cullen is currently a member of the Abilene Christian University Letterman’s Association and follows his ACU athletic teams closely.

Cullen married his wife Kaye on August 7, 1965. They have two children, twin sons, Kyle and Cory Davis. Kyle followed in his father’s footsteps and currently teaches at HHS. Mr. Davis has three grandchildren; Graham, Scarlett, and Sloane.

After college, Cullen began his coaching and teaching career at Colorado City. He coached football, basketball, and track. After five years with the Colorado City ISD, Cullen continued his career at Troup High School. During his six year tenure at Troup, Cullen coached football and track. He was the head track coach all six years, winning 2 district championships. He had 25 regional qualifiers and 7 state qualifiers during this time. In addition to his track accomplishments the football team won the 1973 1A State Championship. Cullen became the head football coach in 1974 and held this position until he moved home to Hillsboro in 1978.

Coach Davis spent the remainder of his coaching career in Hillsboro, 24 years. During his years in Hillsboro he coached football, golf, and track. Cullen served as both an offensive and defensive coordinator in his football duties. As the head track coach, he coached three district champion teams, had 101 Regional Qualifiers, and 14 State Qualifiers. He was also successful with his golf teams, qualifying the girls’ team for regionals three times; the boys’ team qualified once for the regional tournament.

Coach Davis retired in 2003 from Hillsboro High School. He remains active in HHS activities. On a yearly basis he is the starter for the Cullen Davis Relays hosted at Eagle Stadium. Cullen is also a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

The Hall of Fame Committee is very proud to add such an outstanding individual as Cullen Ray Davis to the Athletic Hall of Fame. He has made many contributions both as a student-athlete and a teacher/coach for HHS. Thank you for your contributions and the impact you have had on the many students and athletes you have taught. Congratulations on being in the inaugural class of the Hillsboro High School Athletic Hall of Fame.