Elgin football player who broke down barriers inducted into hall of fame Posted in: News Shortly before the schools in Elgin began to desegregate, a stellar athlete who graduated from Elgin’s all-black Booker T. Washington High School took to the field in a televised game to make history on September 10, 1966. That day, John Hill Westbrook, a sophomore halfback playing for the Baylor Bears against Syracuse, became the first African-American student to play football in the Southwest Conference. To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition https://etypeservices.com/Elgin%20CourierID764/ ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!