Welcome to my web based article that provides a history of Tracy High Football. I've gathered information from numerous sources and have attempted to integrate this 90 year story into this web based version. To simplify the viewing of this article, I've generated several web based chapters, handouts, and videos so you can easily jump around or go straight to certain sections.
I consider this a living document, that with your help, can be edited and expanded throughout time. After reading this article, if you think you have something of value to add, I would be happy to receive your comments.
The first person I went to gain a greater understanding about the history of Bulldog Football was Sam Matthews of the Tracy Press. He pointed me in the direction of a 1988 school research paper written by Richard (Richie) Alkire for the History of the Americas class at Tracy High. Richie went into great detail to chronicle the importance of Tracy High football and its relationship to the community from the 1920s to the mid 1980s. This document was the starting point for my web based project. As you will read in Part I, the community of Tracy embraced the emergence of high school football in the community in 1921. The team was not very good when it started , but in 1927, Peter B. Kyne and Stanley R. Dollar would elevate the program to new heights with an infusion of money and support to build a stadium, provide better equipment, and establish a permanent identify for Bulldog Football.
I hope you enjoy these chapters on the history of Bulldog football. My thanks to Richie Alkire, Vic Alkire, Nick Eddy, Wayne Schneider, Mark Stroup, Matt Shrout, and Michael Banner (Class of 90, Assistant Sports Editor at that time) for contributing to this project. In time, I'm sure there will be more of you that will contribute to this living document.
This research paper was prepared by Richard Alkire in 1988. It chronicles the start of Tracy High football in 1921, discusses the creation of the Peter B. Kyne trophy, and shares the excitement of the community during the Sectional Titles of the 1980s. (large pdf document that loads slow)
A 1987 KRON TV (NBC San Francisco) video showing how special Bulldog Football is in the community. A must see! 5 minutes, 41 seconds. Boys of Autumn
View some TV coverage supplied by Coach Wayne Schneider of the 1982 and 1987 Section Title Victories. 11 minute video here
"The Journey" - A High Def journey through the electrifying "never say die" 2014 playoff run that takes Tracy to the CIF-SJS Championship Game.
Tracy at West in Coach Shrout's Final Game. April 16, 2021.
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