DeSoto High School (Texas)
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|DeSoto High School|
|600 Eagle Drive
DeSoto, Texas, 75115
|School district||DeSoto Independent School District|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Website||DeSoto High School|
From 1956 to 1962, DeSoto High School was located at 200 East Belt Line Road. In 1962, a new campus opened at 601 East Belt Line Road (present-day DeSoto East Junior High). As the district continued to grow, voters approved a $7.5 million bond by a margin 445-366 in 1973 that contained a provision for the construction of a new high school.
On February 15, 1974, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the new site—600 Eagle Drive. The building contract was awarded to Central Texas Construction of Terrell at a cost of approximately $3,100,000. It opened on August 16, 1976.
To relieve overcrowding, an adjoining Freshman Campus opened in 1997 to serve the district's ninth graders.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the school "had a lower-than-expected college readiness percentage." In 2011 the district was building additions for the school's college and career academies. The State of Texas defined "college readiness," or readiness to undergo university studies, by scores on the ACT and SAT and in the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests.
In the 2005-2006 school year, DeSoto ISD began a mandatory school uniform policy at all of its schools.
As of the 2005-2006 school year, DeSoto High had a total of 1,832 students in grades 10-12 (78.6% African American, 10.9% White, 9.8% Hispanic, 0.6% Asian, and 0.1% Native American). The school had 2,641 enrolled overall including the freshman campus (the 9th grade extension of the high school) and the colors are green and gold.
Athletic State Championships
The Desoto Baseball team won state championships in 1979 and 1985. The Lady Eagle Track and Field team won the 2011 state championship and 2007.
The school's boy's basketball team also won the Texas 5A State Championship in 2003 and 2009. The boy's basketball program has a strong reputation for being one of the best in Texas and being a serious competitor for the state title every season.
In January 2005, the school district was investigated by the press for its questionable hiring of an outside "gang consultant". The investigation focused on whether the district truly had a "gang problem" (the local police chief stated no), or whether the consultant was creating the "problem", since the consultant stood to gain a sizeable contract if in fact a problem existed. The end result is that there was no real gang problem, and the consultant's contract was terminated.
The unique feature of the investigation was that none of the media outlets in the Dallas area had anything to do with it. The investigation was performed solely by the Eagle Eye, the DHS student newspaper. For their role in the story, four members of the newspaper staff received the Courage in Student Journalism Award for their work; the student advisor received the educator's version of the award. Both awards came with $5,000 prizes.
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