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Celestino Z. Avila, M.D.

Inducted: 2000

Best Known For: Football Player

Hometown: Donna, TX

HS: Donna High School

College: Southwest Texas State University

High School Coach: Football and Basketball


A member of the famous Avila clan of Donna, Celestino Avila was a three-year letterman in football, baseball, basketball and track with the Redskins from 1958 to 1960. In his senior year, Avila earned honorable mention All-State honors in football for Coach Earl Scott’s first Donna team.

Continuing his grid career at Southwest Texas State, he was a three-year letterman for the Bobcats as an end, making All-Lone Star Conference three times running. Avila was good enough to gain second team Little-All America accolades in 1963 and 1964.

Avila became a coach in football and basketball before enrolling in medical school at Monterey Tech, where he played several sports and eventually earned his doctorate. A long-time team physician at a number of Valley schools, Avila has been a regular on the sidelines for over 40 years and is active in a number of area civic organizations.