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High School All-Americans


In 1947 John Clark "Mose" Simms, the athletic director of Oklahoma City University, took leave of absence to organize a high school game between the best players east and west of the Mississippi River. To choose the players, he wrote to 134 sports editors and writers for nominations.

After evaluating the submissions and visiting some of the high schools of nominated players, he chose 44 to play in that game and be designated as the first high school All-American Team.

From 1947 through the early 1960s an organization headed by Simms known as the Wigwam Wisemen picked an All-American team and published the results in the national sports weekly "The Sporting News". From the original 4 deep teams, the list was eventually expanded to seven teams of 13 players.

In most of those years the nominations exceeded 5,000 players. Some that did not make one of the squads were designated as Honorable Mention Wigwam Wisemen All-Americans. Those honorable mention lists for the most part are lost in time.

The greatest honor a high school football player could receive during the years of the Wigwam Wisemen was to be named to their team.