The Robstown Independent School District's Board of Trustees on Tuesday turned down a board member's proposal to rename two athletic facilities at the high school after a pair of Robstown's native sons.
The first proposal, brought forward by trustee Osvaldo Romero, was to rename the high school football stadium after the late Eugene "Gene" Upshaw Jr., who passed away in 2008 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. A standout at Robstown High School in many sports, Upshaw excelled in football at Texas A&I University in Kingsville.
He played in the National Football League and American Football League for the Oakland Raiders. He played in three Super Bowls and three AFL championships before retiring in 1982.
He served as executive director of the NFL Player's Association until his death last year.
The proposal called for the high school's football stadium, which has no proper name at the moment, to be known as the Eugene Upshaw Jr. Memorial Stadium.
However, the measure never made it to a vote as none of the other board member's in attendance - Eva Orona, Pablo Avila, Robert Tapia and Ernesto Gallegos - seconded Romero's motion to approve the renaming.
The second proposal, also on Romero's behalf, sought to name the track and field after Humberto Lozano Lopez, a former RHS track and field standout. While still holding onto the record in the 100-yard dash, Lopez has gone on to become one of the most recognized radio broadcast figures in South Texas, and his family owns radio and television stations throughout the area.
That proposal went to a vote, but ended in a 2-2 split, with Gallegos and Romero voting in favor of the proposal. Orona and Avila voted against the motion, while Tapia abstained.
Both facilities, as a result of Tuesday's meeting, will remain unnamed, school officials said.
The district will also look into developing a procedure to allow the public to have more input into future proposals of renaming existing or planned facilities.