Duncanville High School

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Duncanville High School is a secondary school located in Duncanville, Texas, United States. The school is a part of Duncanville Independent School District.

The school includes grades 9 through 12. Duncanville High School reported an enrollment of 4,008 students to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) for the 2012-2014 realignment. The high school campus is the second largest in the nation in terms of campus size. The school principal is Andre Smith, and the associate principals are Flora Judd and Sandro Garcia.[1] The school serves most of the city of Duncanville, as well as a portions of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and a small portion of southwest Dallas.

History[edit]

Duncanville High School held its first accredited graduating class in 1936. Classes moved in 1954 to a new location, now Reed Middle School. Eleven years later, it moved to its current location. Construction started on Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena in 2003 and a new classroom wing and major renovations in 2004.

Campus[edit]

Duncanville High School is the second largest high school campus in the United States. The 863,137 square feet (80,188.1 m2) campus is more than twice as large as the nearby Mountain View College, and it is over the size of four combined Wal-Mart Supercenters.[2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The school mascot is the Panther. With the exception of softball, the school has won state titles in every major team sport, including football (1998), boys' basketball (1991,[3] 1999,[4] 2007[5]), girls' basketball (1976,[6] 1988,[7] 1989,[8] 1990,[9] 1997,[10] 2003,[11] 2012[12] 2013 [13]"), baseball (1975, 1976, 1990[14]), volleyball (1995[15]), boys' track and field (1999[16]), boys' soccer (1986), girls' soccer (1987, 1989[17]) and marching band (1986, 1990, 2002). Additionally, in May 2005, the school's athletic program was ranked #24 in the nation by Sports Illustrated out of over 38,000 other high schools surveyed in the United States.

The school's most notable success has been in girls' basketball, where it has won eight state titles, including three consecutive from 1988-1990 while winning 134 consecutive games (a state record). The girls teams were undefeated champions in 1997 (40-0) and 2013 (42-0). In 2007, the boys' basketball team won the state title with an undefeated season after a 14-point win over Humble Kingwood.

No UIL Class AAAAA school has ever managed to win championships in all three major boys sports in the same season, but Duncanville came the closest during the 1998-1999 school year, winning both the football and basketball titles and losing to Bellaire High School in the baseball championship game.

Music programs[edit]

Duncanville is the only 5A band program in the history of the Texas Music Educators' Association Honor Band competition to win three State Honor Band titles (1999, 2005, 2009) and to win back-to-back at the same time as one of its CCC middle schools, Byrd Middle School (2005, 2009).[18]

182 Duncanville students were named to TMEA All-State bands and orchestras between 1983 and 2010.[19]

The Duncanville High School Marching Band was awarded the Sudler Shield of Honor in 1997 as one of the outstanding marching bands in the U.S. The program has also been honored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation with the coveted Sudler Flag of Honor recognizing Duncanville as a Nationally Exemplary Band Program. Duncanville is one of only a handful of programs worldwide to hold both Sudler Awards for high school band programs.[citation needed]

Duncanville is one of a very few school districts in Texas of any size in which all competing organizations have been selected as Honor Band.[citation needed] The Duncanville High School Bands paced the state in gold medals at the Interscholastic League State Competition for 18 years earning the coveted UIL State Sweepstakes Award for Class 5A.[citation needed] The award was discontinued in 1999. Duncanville High School is Texas' only Class 5A Band to earn all three state championships.[citation needed]

Marching band[edit]

The Duncanville High School Marching Band has been the UIL state champion in 1986, 1990, and 2002.[citation needed] Duncanville was the only 5A school in Texas to be in the state marching finals every year since 1988 until 2012, and has won a state marching title every decade since the 1980s.[citation needed] Duncanville is also the largest marching band to be crowned State Champions.[citation needed]

Wind Ensemble[edit]

Journalism[edit]

The school is also known for its journalism program, which publishes the Panther Tale yearbook, Panther Prints newspaper, and the district's public relations publication, Class Magazine. The yearbook and newspaper have won numerous awards, including a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and Gold and Silver Crown awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. For the first time in 2003, Duncanville received a Gold Crown for its newspaper and its yearbook, one of only two high schools in the nation to capture both honors that year.

School dress code[edit]

The Duncanville ISD has had a mandatory school dress code policy at all of its schools since the fall of 2006. While the uniform for the elementary, intermediate, and middle schools includes white, navy blue, black, and grey shirts with navy blue, black, and khaki pants or skirts, Duncanville High School requires white or navy blue shirts with navy blue, black, or khaki pants or skirts. All shirts must be collared and long enough to tuck into the pants, and full-length pants are required, with sagging prohibited. All students must wear a belt with a buckle no larger than a credit card. Shoes must be closed-toed and closed-heeled. No headwear is allowed. Hooded jackets must be in uniform colors with no extra decorations, and hoods cannot be worn during school. Jackets and hoodies with school logos are allowed.[20]

Controversies[edit]

A video of a student from Duncanville, an 18-year-old sophomore scolding his social studies/history[21] teacher[22] went viral in May 2013, and was picked up by media. CBS local news quoted the student:[23]

"You want kids to come into your class? You want them to get excited for this? You gotta come in here and make them excited. You want a kid to change and start doing better? You gotta touch his freakin' heart. Can't expect a kid to change if all you do is just tell 'em"

The video was caught on video on a cellphone, and posted on YouTube, and was picked up by Reddit, PhillyD and Gawker.[24] The official reaction of the Duncanville Independent School District was not to discipline the student, but to offer private and public reminders there are other ways to make a point. The district issued a statement, saying, in part: "He makes a number of valid statements about how classrooms across America need to change, and we view this as an opportunity to have more conversations about transforming our schools to better meet the needs of our students."

A video of students protesting the High School's strict dress code were sent to several of the local media outlets whom reported on the incident. The Duncanville Independent School District said about 170 students were found in violation of the school's dress code and sent home.[25] The crackdown on students violating the dress code is what led to a spontaneous mass protest. Administrators responded to the protest with a large police presence on campus a day after, until the last day of school year.[26]

A change.org petition has been started by Duncanville High alumni Amir Rashad as a result of the school's dress code policies & the manner by which it is enforced. The petition asks for reform of the dress code policies. It is currently still active with 607 supporters & requires 393 more signatures as of June 27, 2014. [27]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Duncanville High School - Home Page
  2. ^ Booth, Herb. "Raising the roof on campus size Is a big school always better? Duncanville: Teens under one roof, but critics say it's too impersonal." The Dallas Morning News. August 28, 2005. Retrieved on July 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "1990-1991 5A Boys Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "1998-1999 5A Boys Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "2006-2007 5A Boys Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "1975-1976 4A Girls Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  7. ^ "1987-1988 5A Girls Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "1988-1989 5A Girls Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  9. ^ "1989-1989 5A Girls Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  10. ^ "1996-1997 5A Girls Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  11. ^ "2002-2003 5A Girls Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  12. ^ "2011-2012 5A Girls Basketball State Results." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  13. ^ "2012-2013 5A Girls Basketball State Results.
  14. ^ "UIL: Athletics - Baseball Playoffs." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  15. ^ "UIL State Volleyball Tournament." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  16. ^ "UIL State Track Champions." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  17. ^ "UIL State Soccer Records." University Interscholastic League. Retrieved on April 14, 2012.
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ Link TMEA_all_state_history
  20. ^ "Standard of Dress for Grades 9-12." Duncanville ISD. 2011. Retrieved on November 10, 2011.
  21. ^ Calvert Collins, Chelsea Kretz. "Duncanville student's teacher rant goes viral". Fox News Austin. 
  22. ^ "Duncanville High teacher on leave after student viral video rant". CBS News. May 9, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Video of Duncanville High Student scolding his teacher goes viral online". CBS News. 
  24. ^ Jeffrey Weiss (May 9, 2013). "Duncanville High Student's angry critique of teacher goes viral online". Dallas News. 
  25. ^ Duncanville HS sends hundreds home for dress code violations - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com
  26. ^ Dress Code Protests: High School Students Riot Over Clothing Rules - TIME
  27. ^ http://www.change.org/petitions/please-repeal-the-strict-dress-code-policies-of-duncanville-isd?utm_campaign=petition_created&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guides
  28. ^ USA Track & Field - Brigetta Barrett. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  29. ^ a b c "The other great places to watch high school hoops." USA Today. February 25, 2004. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  30. ^ RAB Hall of Fame: Gene Summers
  31. ^ Perry Jones HS Bio Page

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