The Claw

The oldest high school rivalry in El Paso is the rivalry between Austin High School and El Paso High School.  The rivalry began back in the 1930’s and is the 5th oldest rivalry in the State of Texas.  In 1960, the student council groups of both rival schools came together and funded “The Claw” trophy to commemorate the rivalry.  The Claw represents both the Panther and Tiger mascots.  The traveling trophy is fought over every year at the Austin High School versus El Paso High School football game, where the Alumni from both schools gather to cheer on their school.

The original Claw trophy was stolen from Austin High School and to date has not been recovered.  Soon after, a replica of the claw was made in order to continue the rivalry of the traveling trophy.

Original Claw
Original Claw

3 thoughts on “The Claw

  1. I have been looking for members from AHS student government to help with information about the meeting between the two schools. I was invited to present my idea to both schools

  2. When I enrolled in the 8th grade at Austin in 1951, there was a life-size panther “statue” in a crouching, prepouncing position, facing inside the front doors located between the entrance and the stairway. It was mounted on a slab about 6 inches high; just long and wide enough to support the cat. It seemed to have been sculpted from black onyx and had a very smooth finish but was true to a full grown well developed panther physique. This sculpture disappeared sometime after 1956. While some of my classmates recall this “cat”, no one knows what happened to it. Has history been erased for some reason?

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