Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, Texas)
|Carroll Senior High School|
|1501 W. Southlake Blvd
800 N. White Chapel Blvd
Southlake, Texas, 76092
|School type||Public, Secondary|
|School district||Carroll Independent School District|
|Principal||Shawn Duhon (Sr. High School)
PJ Giamanco (High School)
|Website||Carroll Senior High School|
Carroll ISD operates one high school; however, it has a "split campus" (two separate buildings and administration, but one school) of Carroll Senior High School and Carroll High School. Carroll ISD graduated its first senior class in 1965 in the original Carroll School off of Carroll Avenue. Carroll Middle/High School, off of Dove Road, served district middle school and high school students from 1970 to 1981 until Carroll Middle School got its own building: the original Carroll School.
From 1981 to 1992, Carroll High School was located at the Dove Road campus. In 1992, the new Carroll High school opened off of Southlake Boulevard, serving as the current Senior High. At the time of the school's construction, Carroll ISD was guided by its school board president, Edith Watkins. Before the 2002–2003 school year, Carroll Senior High was the home campus for all high school grade levels and was called Carroll High School. Carroll Junior High School was restructured into the high school to hold only 9th and 10th graders at the close of the 2001–02 school year. Both schools have upheld an exemplary rating per the TEA.
Shawn Duhon is currently the principal at the Senior High with P.J. Giamanco as the principal at the High School.
Since Carroll operates a split campus, it is not operated like a typical high school. The high school is located at 800 North White Chapel Blvd and houses 9th and 10th graders. This is where all freshmen and most Junior Varsity sports are practiced. Marching band and all band classes are held at the high school as well. This is the only campus that offers Health and Speech classes, besides the middle schools. The Senior High is located at 1501 West Southlake Blvd and houses 11th and 12th graders. This is where all varsity sports are practiced. Choir and theatre arts classes are held here as well. Both campuses have art, technology and language classes, except Mandarin Chinese, Latin, and American Sign Language (ASL), which are housed at the high school.
The Carroll Aquatic Center is located at the senior high. Dragon Stadium is located on the east side of Southlake and is not part of either campus.
Carroll High School and Senior High School operate on a block schedule. A student schedule consists of eight blocks, each ninety minutes in length. Students attend four blocks per day; blocks 1 through 4 are attended on "A Days" and blocks 5 through 8 are attended on "B Days". "A" and "B" days alternate back-to-back, and weeks starting on "A" or "B" days are colloquially called "A" or "B" weeks, respectively.
Students participating in varsity sports attend athletics practice during both 4th and 8th blocks. This schedule is known as "double-blocked".
Junior and senior students may elect to take an off-block, a period during which a student does not have any classes and may leave the school. Off-blocks are allowed during either 1st/5th or 4th/8th blocks, but never both. Most upperclassmen choose to include an off-block in their schedule; however, some do not.
Students who have classes at both the high school and the senior high during the same day may either ride a shuttle bus between campuses or, if they are licensed, may drive themselves. However, it is a general rule that students should only drive their own cars if their first or last class of the day is at one campus and the rest are at the other. Because the high school and senior high are more than two miles apart, passing periods in between classes are twelve minutes long at both schools.
Both the high school and the senior high maintain School Resource Officers, who are full-time, sworn officers of the Southlake Police Department. Both campuses also have security features at the front entrances designed to force visitors through the administration office before being allowed to enter the main body of the school. All other exterior doors are locked during the school day, and students are instructed not to allow anyone inside through any door other than the main entrance. Staff and senior students are issued digital key cards which allow the holder access to any exterior door with a digital card scanner. Also the two middle schools have officers as well.
The Carroll Dragons have won 47 state titles since 1975. These titles include: football, wrestling, golf, cross country, swimming, baseball, soccer, basketball, diving, track and field, hockey, marching band, and lacrosse. Carroll won the UIL Lone Star Cup in the 2000–01 and 2001–02 school years as a 4A school and in the 2011–12 school year as a 5A school. In the 2011–12 school year, the Carroll Dragons won 5 separate state championships, the most state championships ever won in a single school year in UIL history. This honor made the graduates of the class of 2012 the most decorated class in UIL history. The Dragons are recognized nation-wide because of its very successful football program, winning eight state championships (tied for the most by any 11-man program in Texas), including four of the first five state titles in which it competed in Class 5A (the class featuring the state's largest high schools). Several games have been televised nationally by Fox Sports Net, which has also caused controversy both locally, and nationally.
In their 44-season history, the Dragons have produced an all-time record of 398–126–8. They have been particularly impressive in the last 25 seasons, winning eight state titles in nine championship game appearances. Carroll's record the last 20 seasons is 244–39–1. Bob Ledbetter led the Dragons to statewide prominence with three 3A state titles in 1988, 1992 and 1993. His successor, Tom Rapp, however compiled only a 29–17–1 record as Carroll head coach from 1996–99 without a state finals appearance.
In 2000, former Texas quarterback Todd Dodge replaced Rapp. In seven seasons, Dodge guided the Dragons to a 98–11 record (including a 79–1 record and four state championships in the school's first five years as a Class 5A program), before leaving Carroll for the University of North Texas in 2007. Southlake Carroll has been recognized as United States High School National Champion in 2004, 2005 and 2006. His successor is Hal Wasson, former coach at Fossil Ridge High School (Fort Worth, Texas) previously. Carroll won its third consecutive 5A state title in 2006, making it only the second school to “three-peat” in the 5A class (Robert E. Lee High School of Midland, Texas did it 1998–2000). In the 2006 title game, they beat Westlake High School of Austin with 43–29 for their 48th consecutive win. With eight starters back on offense, including running back Tre Newton (2,010 rushing yards, 20 TDs) and AP's 2006 5A state offensive player of the year Riley Dodge (4,184 passing yards, 54 TDs; 1,119 rushing yards, 13 TDs) at quarterback, Carroll aimed for another 5A state title in 2007. In 2006 the Southlake football team faced the Euless teamTrinity High School for the first time in a close 22–21 match, making it Carroll's narrowest victory of the season.
Carroll Senior High School played Miami Northwestern High School in a rare No. 1-vs.-No. 2 match-up at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas on September 15. The game was televised nationally by ESPNU. The Dragons were defeated 29–21, which ended their winning streak at 49, tying the Texas big-school state record set by Abilene HS from 1954–1957. On December 1, 2007, Southlake Carroll faced Abilene High School in the Regional semifinals. Carroll was defeated 22–21 in a thrilling game that was named Dave Campbell's game of the year for 2007. Nevertheless, Carroll had a 21–9 lead early in the third quarter, but were unable to put the Eagles down for good. The Warbirds scored 13 unanswered points to take the lead and ended Carroll's run of consecutive state championship appearances and their 58-game winning streak against Texas teams. In 2009, Carroll defeated Colleyville Heritage in the first round of the playoffs. In the second round of the playoffs, Carroll and Allen played a memorable game at Cowboys Stadium that went to 2OT and ended with a Carroll victory 35–34. In the third round, Carroll was surprisingly upset by Arlington Bowie 45–21, the largest scoreboard deficit the Dragons have experienced since moving to 5A. In the 2011 season, Southlake Carroll was the district champions, going 10–0. The Dragons defeated Plano East, Cedar Hill, Arlington Bowie, Arlington Martin and Dallas Skyline to advance to the 5A Division 1 state championship game against Fort Bend Hightower were the Dragons won 36–29 to claim the 2011 state championship. The win allowed Southlake Carroll to tie Celina High School with eight state championships, the most of any 11-man program. Southlake Carroll has now won five of the previous ten (2002–2011) Texas 5A state championships.
The Lady Dragon Cross Country Team have won 7 UIL state titles since 2000 (2013, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2000). They tied the state record in 2012 with 32 points. The Lady Dragons have been on the podium at the state meet (top 3) for 11 consecutive years making them the most successful program in Texas. They have qualified for the state meet 16 years in a row. At the state meet they have had 24 individual state medalists (top 10 in the state) and 2 individual state champions, Brooke Upshaw in 2005 and Jessa Vacek in 2000. They have also claimed 12 regional and 12 district titles. Most impressively, the Lady Dragons have qualified for the Nike Cross National meet in Portland, Oregon 8 out of the 9 years it has been held, missing out only in 2008. In 2005 and 2006 they placed 3rd at the meet and most recently placed 2nd in 2012 making them one of the most consistent and successful programs in the country.
On the boys side, the Dragons have won back-to-back-to-back UIL 5A state titles in 2011, 2012, and 2013 setting the state record in 2011 with 20 points and the second best score ever in 2012 with 27 points. The Dragons have been on the podium 8 of the past 10 years, placing 2nd in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010, and 3rd in 2005. They have qualified for the state meet 11 times in their history and during that time have 23 state medalists (top 10) and 2-time state champion Colby Lowe (2006, 2007). They have had 6 regional titles and 8 district titles. They have qualified for 6 of 9 Nike Cross National meets. In 2011 they placed 2nd, missing 1st by 3 points.
The Dragons and Lady Dragons have been recognized as the Top Cross Country Program in the nation in 2011 and 2012. Their Coach, Justin Leonard, has built the team to a state and nationally recognized program and they continue to protect the tradition.
Along with having a great football team, and a myriad of other successful extracurricular actives, the Southlake Carroll Dragons also have an outstanding tennis team. The team finished with a top 10 state ranking in 2006 and 2007. Since the 2005 fall season the Dragons have yet to lose a district match compiling a record of 28–0.
Swimming and Diving
The Carroll Dragon swim team is among one of the best swim teams in the state. The Boys won the state championship in 2001 and 2002 as a 4A school, while the girls came in 2nd both years. The boys and girls team have won their District Championship every year for the past 8 years and in 2010, both teams won the Region 2-5A meet, one of the toughest swimming/diving regions in the state. For the past 3 years, both teams have placed in the top 5 in the state meet, with the Boys finishing 2nd and the Girls finishing 3rd at the Texas 5A State Swim/Dive Championships in Austin in February 2010. The Dragons were undefeated in the 2010–2011 season as they made a run at both the Boy's and Girl's Texas State 5A Swim/Dive Championships in Austin in Feb at the University of Texas Swim Center. The Carroll Men's team won the State Championship for the 2010–2011 school year, while the Women came in 2nd place. In the 2011–2012 swim/dive season, the Southlake Carroll Dragon Swim/Dive Teams dominated the competition, on their way to a "double" State 5A Championship in Boy's and Girl's Texas HS Swimming & Diving. Feb 24–25, 2012 answered the question....Southlake Carroll Boy's and Girl's Swim/Dive Teams are the 2011–2012 Texas 5A State Champions, recording a seldom-seen "double", winning both State Championships in the same year! The 2011–2012 Lady Dragon Swim/Dive Team was crowned the NISCA Power-Point Dual Meet National Champions. This competition recognizes superior depth in an entire Program, not just a very few fast swimmers. The Lady Dragons amassed 6396 points in the NISCA Power-Point, to edge out the 2nd place Team by only four points. The 2012–2013 Dragon HS Swim/Dive Programs head into the "Championship" season of Districts, Regionals and State, with identical 14–0 records, making them the favorites to repeat as Texas 5A State Champions. Results posted after the Texas State Meet, Feb 23–24, 2013, at the University of Texas in Austin. Southlake Carroll Boy's and Girl's Swim/Dive Teams win the 2013 Texas State 5A Swim/Dive Championships again. Three in a row for the Boys and two in a row for the Girls. Southlake Carroll HS Swimming & Diving 2012–2013 "Pressed Down and Overflowing!"
Carroll Senior High School/High School offers 5 concert bands, 3 jazz bands, the Dragon Marching Band, 3 concert choirs, 2 show choirs, the 2011 State Champion Emerald Belles drill team, Color Guard, also known as Endeavor, and the Carroll Theatre Arts.
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