Ranger Exes Memorial - The Faculty

Johnson Blair Cherry Texas football JOHNSON BLAIR CHERRY was born at Kerens, Navarro County, TX, on August 7, 1901. He began his coaching career at Ranger after graduating from Texas Christian University in 1924. After three years at Ranger, TX, he moved to Northside High School in Fort Worth. In 1930 he was named head coach at Amarillo High School and thus embarked on a remarkable career that saw his fabled Sandies win eighty-six of ninety- one games and four state championships in seven years. In 1936 he married Florence Snodgrass of Amarillo; they had two children. Cherry was hired at the University of Texas in 1937 by Dana X. Bible, and served as first assistant on the Longhorn staff for ten years. When Bible retired after the 1946 season, Cherry was named head coach. He accepted the challenge of following Bible and gambled on a new formation, the "T". In Cherry's four years at Texas, he had one Southwest Conference Championship, three postseason bowl games, and an overall record of 32-10- 1. He resigned after the 1950 season, in which his Longhorns ranked number two nationally and became the school's first team to win all of its Southwest Conference games, to enter the oil business in Lubbock. Cherry was voted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame shortly before his death in Lubbock on Sept. 10, 1966. He was buried in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo.