Bryan Adams High School

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Bryan Adams High School
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Prepare, Attend, Work, Succeed[1]
2101 Millmar Drive
Dallas, Texas 75228 USA

Type Public, Secondary
School district Dallas Independent School District
Principal Mr. Richard Kastl[1]
Faculty 151[1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,104[2]
Color(s) Kelly green and white[1]          
Mascot Cougar[1]
Trustee dist.  3, D. Micciche[3]
Learning Community   North Learning Community,[4]

Bryan Adams High School is a public secondary school located at 2101 Millmar Drive in the Casa View neighborhood of East Dallas, Texas (USA).

Bryan Adams High School enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District. The school serves the area of Dallas east of White Rock Lake, south of Northwest Highway, north of Interstate 30, and inside the Dallas city limits.


Bryan Adams High School opened in 1957 and was named after William Jennings Bryan Adams, a DISD Board of Education secretary from 1929 until his death in 1955.[5] The building was constructed at a cost of US$2.4 million[6] and was designed by the architectural firm of Goodwin & Cavitt using the same pattern as their building for Thomas Jefferson High School, which opened in 1955.[7] Students and alumni almost always refer to the school as 'Bryan Adams,' or simply by the acronym 'B.A.'

While 'Adams High School' is the name of several high schools throughout the United States, there is only one 'Bryan Adams High School.' It has no connection to Canadian singer Bryan Adams.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s Bryan Adams was one of the largest high schools in Texas, graduating more than 1,000 students in each of the years from 1968 to 1972. Since the opening of Conrad High School in 2006, B.A. has seen a noticeable drop in enrollment, dropping to UIL Class 4A for the first time in the 2008 realignment.

On October 6, 2010, the Dallas Independent School District announced that Bryan Adams would be reorganized after receiving the state's lowest rating for two straight years. The reorganization would take place for the 2011-2012 school year in a process known as "reconstitution," according to DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander. State law requires the academic shakeup for campuses that consistently are rated "academically unacceptable." Campus review teams at the schools, consisting of an internal and external member, will review students' performance on the state exam to determine which teachers should leave the schools, Dahlander said. Bryan Adams high school is on the low-performing list for its graduation rate, he said.

Alma Mater[edit]

"On our city's eastern border - Neath the Texas sky
Proudly stands our Alma Mater - As the years go by.
Forward ever be our watchword - Conquer and prevail.
Hail to thee our Alma Mater - Bryan Adams hail!"


The school's lone team to win a Texas state championship was the 1967 golf team.[8] There have been many individual state champions and many notable state-level teams, including the Kenyon Martin-led basketball team of 1996.

The school competes in UIL district 12-4A with 5 other DISD schools. Bryan Adams is annually considered a district title contender in baseball. In 1972, the Cougars reached the Texas State Baseball Quarterfinals. They were defeated (2-1) by a Houston Westchester pitcher named David Clyde. One month later, Clyde received national notoriety by pitching for the Texas Rangers as an eighteen-year-old phenom. In 2007 BA was District Baseball Champion. BA annually competes in women's basketball, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, and softball. The most consistently successful team at BA has been the men's swimming team which won regional and district championships throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, finishing in the top 10 in the state on several occasions. From 1999 to 2006 the men's swim team won eight consecutive district titles.

In 2006, the football team made a playoff appearance for the first time since 1985.[9]

In 2008, the Bryan Adams football team made another playoff appearance, losing 55–14 to Carter. During the 2013-2014 athletic seasons, all programs besides one qualified for the playoffs.


Bryan Adams High School has many traditions that make it unique, such as the BA Belles. The Belles are a dance/drill team that originated in 1957. The team has undergone many changes since then, but still holds on to many traditions. The military-style uniform of kelly green satin has remained the same through the years with only slight changes and additions to it, such as the addition of a belt and a smaller flower on the glittery head band. The Belles also perform the traditional BA Kick routine with ten head-high kicks at every performance. Ms. Amy Green is the current director of the Belles. The group is active throughout the entire year, including football season, pep rallies, and other extra-curricular activities.

Dallas Urban Debate League[edit]

In 2007/2008 school year the Dallas Urban Debate League began, 11 high school in the league, Bryan Adams held one of the top teams and the top speaker in the league. Bryan Adams held 10th place in tournament 5 and 8th place in city championships. Also the top speaker throughout the season, winning 11th,7th,4th,14th,1st(city championships), which all won by Dagmawi Biru. The Bryan Adams team is one of the most respected groups in the league and the second season will be held for 2008/2009 school year.

2007/2008 active debaters and coach

  1. Angel Sales (captain, 10th place in tournament 5)
  2. Dagmawi Biru (top speaker in all tournaments, 10th place in tournament 5)
  3. Juan Garza (8th place in city championships)
  4. Miguel Pena (8th place in city championships)
  5. Jarrin Davis (principal award in tournament 5)
  6. Mrs. Ackert (Debate Head Coach, tournament judge, best judge in tournament 5)
  7. Soledad Vega (note : competed only in tournament 2, principal award in tournament 2)
  8. Deausdene (note : competed only in tournament 2)

2008/2009 active debaters and coaches

  1. Angel Sales (Assistant Coach, tournament judge) (2007–2008 accomplishments)
  2. Mrs. Ackert (Head Coach, tournament judge) (2007–2008 accomplishments)
  3. Mario Alvarez (8th place in team (novice), 10th place in speaker points)
  4. Alul Yesak (captain,7th place in team(novice), 6th & 3rd place in speaker points, semifinals (T2) (finalist in city championship))
  5. Naomy Martinez (8th place in team (novice), 7th in speaker points)
  6. Star Miller (7th place in team (novice), semifinals (T2) finallist city championship))
  7. Rebecca Remirez (7th place speaker,semifinalist)
  8. Amanda Renfro (7th place speaker, 5th place speaker, semifinalist)
  9. Idali Juarez (9th place speaker, semifinalist)
  10. Juan Hernandez (none up to date)

Notable Captains

  1. Angel Sales (2007–2008) (class of 08)
  2. Alul Yesak (2008–2009; co-captain 2009-2010) (class of 10)
  3. Amanda Renfro (co-captain 2009-2010) (class of 10)
  4. Starr Miller (co-captain 2009-2010) (class of 10)
  5. Alma Perez (Co-Captain 2010-2011) (class of 11)
  6. Juan Hernandez (Co-Captain 2010-2011l) (class of 12)
  7. Juan Hernandez (Captain 2011-2012) (class of 12)
  8. Bethany Bonsu (Co-Captain 2012-2013) (class of 13)
  9. Jenny Duran (Co-Captain 2012-2013) (class of 13)
  10. Jose Almanza (Co-Captain 2013-2014) (class of 14)
  11. Alejandra Chavez (Co-Captain 2013-2014) (class of 14)

School uniforms[edit]

Bryan Adams requires school uniforms for its students.[10] The Texas Education Agency specified that the parents and/or guardians of students zoned to a school with uniforms may apply for a waiver to opt out of the uniform policy so their children do not have to wear the uniform;[11] parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.

Feeder Patterns[edit]

W. H. Gaston and Robert T. Hill Middle Schools feed into Bryan Adams. The school will also enroll students from Emmett Conrad High School for their senior year, but only those in the area zoned to Highland Meadows Elementary School.[12]

S.S. Conner, Bayles, Edwin J. Kiest, Reinhardt, Alex Sanger, and Larry Smith Elementary Schools will all feed into Gaston Middle School, and ultimately into Bryan Adams.[12]

Casa View, Charles A. Gill, Victor H. Hexter, and Martha Turner Reilly Elementary Schools will all feed into Hill Middle School, and ultimately into Bryan Adams.[12]


62% of the students at Bryan Adams are economically disadvantaged, 14% enroll in special education, 11% enroll in gifted and talent programs, and 21% are considered "limited English proficient."[13]

The ethnic makeup of the school is 53% Hispanic American, 32% Black American, 13% White American, non-Hispanic, 3% Asian American/Pacific Islander American, and less than 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native.[13]

The average class sizes at Bryan Adams are 22 students for English, 24 for foreign language, 23 for math, 22 for science, and 22 for social studies.[13]

Teachers at the school carry, on average, 13 years of teaching experience and 7% of the teachers on staff are first-year teachers.[13]

Bryan Adams High School was rated Academically Acceptable by the Texas Education Agency in 2007, though by 2011 the school has rated Academically Unacceptable for three consecutive years. "[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • A. Joe Fish, U.S. District Judge, Class of 1961
  • Gary Blair, head women's basketball coach for Texas A&M University. Class of 1963.
  • Karen Brooks is an American country music singer who is best known for a series of Top 40 hits on the Billboard Country Chart in the early 1980s, including "Faking Love," a duet with T.G. Sheppard which topped the country chart in February 1983. Class of 1972[14]
  • John Carona, Texas State Senator. Class of 1974.
  • Neil Cohen, professional soccer player. Class of 1973.
  • Lincoln Coleman, former Dallas Cowboys running back. Class of 1987.
  • Jim Dauterive, executive producer of Bob's Burgers, executive producer and writer for King of the Hill; namesake of KotH character Bill Dauterive. Class of 1975.
  • Doug English, All-Pro NFL football player. Class of 1971.
  • Scott Hofacker, Texas 5A All-State Symphonic Band (French Horn) 1998, 1999. Entrepreneur and CEO at World Freight Service and Express Casket, LLC. Class of 1999[15][16]
  • Melendy Lovett, president of Texas Instruments Educational & Productivity Solutions and senior vice president of TI.[17] Class of 1976.
  • Kenyon Martin, power forward in the NBA.[18] Class of 1996.
  • Bob Phillips, Host of long-running television series Texas Country Reporter. Class of 1969.
  • Lt Col. James Rothenflue, Ph.D., USAF Ret., former director, USAF Ctr for Strategy and Technology. Class of 1983.[19][20][21]
  • Angela Wilson, creator and executive producer of web series "OFF HER MEDS," Artistic Director Theatre Quorum, playwright, actor, Class of 1972.[22]
  • Jason Winningham, cougar mascot for the school year 1998-1999, Class of 1999. Also known as the Green Tip Guy, offering weekly tips on sustainability.[23]
  • Susan Yoachum, 1969 National Spelling Bee champion; later an esteemed political writer and editor for the San Jose Mercury-News and San Francisco Chronicle. Class of 1973.[24]
  • Darren Loy - Class of 1980 - Catcher for the University of Texas 1983 National Championship Baseball Team, played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers organizations


  1. ^ a b c d e Dallas ISD - Bryan Adams High School. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  2. ^ Texas Education Agency - School Directory - type in school number "057905001" and select "view report." Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  3. ^ Dallas ISD - Schools by Trustee. (PDF). Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  4. ^ Dallas ISD - Schools by Area. (PDF). Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  5. ^ Kristopher Rupert. The History of Bryan Adams and the Traditions of the School (40th anniversary, 1997)
  6. ^ "New schools to open in September," The Dallas Morning News, March 31, 1957, part 3, page 1.
  7. ^ "Plans for school authorized on Earhart building pattern," The Dallas Morning News, October 12, 1956, section 1, page 5.
  8. ^ "Cougars, Wildcats Win Titles." The Dallas Morning News, 7 May 1967. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  9. ^ a b [1].
  10. ^ "BA Standard Dress." Bryan Adams High School.
  11. ^ "Uniforms," Texas Education Agency
  12. ^ a b c Dallas ISD - 2007 School Feeder Patterns - Bryan Adams High School. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  13. ^ a b c d Great Schools - Bryan Adams High School - Dallas, Texas. Information originally from the Texas Education Agency. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  14. ^ Karen Brooks
  15. ^ "Express Casket Company:Best Service & Top Quality Caskets for Sale". Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  16. ^ "Leading Freight Services Company". WorldFreightService. 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  17. ^ Texas Instruments.Texas Instruments Senior Leader Melendy Lovett Inducted Into WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame: Lovett Joins Impressive List of More Than 50 Female Role Models in Science and Technology, December 8, 2005
  18. ^ "Notable Natives: Famous (and infamous) People From Oak Cliff". Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  19. ^ "Obtaining Birthdays in One Step". Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  20. ^ "BAHS Alumni Home". Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
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  24. ^ Floor Statement by Congresswoman Pelosi[dead link]

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Coordinates: 32°49′38″N 96°40′48″W / 32.827103°N 96.680125°W / 32.827103; -96.680125