Jim Cooper to be inducted into Wall of Fame at his high school's homecoming

Jim Cooper ('48), a University of North Texas College of Education alumnus and former football player, will be posthumously inducted to the Wall of Honor at his alma mater, Colorado High School in Colorado City, Texas, Sept. 25.

Cooper was one of the earliest All-American players in North Texas history. In 1946, he was the anchor of the offensive line that captured the Lone Star Conference title, and he played in the Optimist Bowl, the first bowl game in school history. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1948 and eventually played professionally with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-American Football Conference. Following his sports career, he coached football at all grade levels in Texas and Alaska and professional football with the Continental Football League. The Jim Cooper Memorial Coaching Scholarship was established in the UNT College of Education to aid graduate assistant coaches in 2010 and Cooper was inducted into UNT’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

Cooper died in 2010 at the age of 86.

The induction ceremony will begin at 1p.m. as part of the high school’s Homecoming celebration. The inductees will also be recognized at the school’s stadium before the football game at 7 p.m.