We are the 'best of
the best'. We are the "Wilson's Tigers"
from the years 1947 through 1957. During coach Wilson Matthews
career at Little Rock (Central) High School, in Little Rock,
Arkansas, we had a record of 109-17-3. We won 10 State
Championships and one National Championship. Coach Matthews was a
legend in high school football.
In the year 2000 Barry Sollenbergers wrote a pre season football
preview in the Phoenix Metro Football magazine. One of the articles
in this edition is "The Best High School Football Teams Ever".
He mentions the 12 best teams in the USA during the close of the
20th Century. As you would guess, he named one of Little Rock Central High
School's teams - the 1957 team as one of the 12 best of the last 100
years. He goes on to say, "the best ever
squad at this national powerhouse" finished the 1957 campaign with a
33 game winning streak and Number One in the national ranking.
The 1957 team, which won the 'Tigers' 22nd state championship (a
national record at the time), was Matthew's last team at Central
before going to the University of Arkansas. Also, the Tigers are one of only a handful of high school
athletic programs in the country that compiled over 100 state
championships in team sports.
Wilson Matthews who
is listed in The Arkansas Sports Hall of
Fame, has a book of his achievements at Little Rock
(Central) High School from 1947 to 1957, placed in
The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame on
August 16, 2008.
This is the story of
the Coaches, Players and Managers during those years at
Little Rock (Central) High School
group, the "Wilson's Tigers" meets each year to remember their coach,
Wilson Matthews and their high school
playing days in football.