Justin F. Kimball High School
|Justin F. Kimball High School|
|3606 South Westmoreland Road
Dallas, Texas, 75211
|Motto||Optima Petimus (Always Seek the Best)|
|School district||Dallas Independent School District|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue, Scarlet Red|
Justin F. Kimball High School is a public secondary school in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas (USA). Justin F. Kimball High School enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District. The school is named in honor of Justin Ford Kimball, a prominent and successful citizen of Texas, former school superintendent, and founder of a predecessor of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Kimball opened its doors in 1958, graduating its first class in 1960 with 165 students. Dr. W.P. Durrett served as the founding principal of the school. His tenure of sixteen (16) years ran from 1958 until his retirement in 1974, and was longer than any principal succeeding him. Through his inspiring and dynamic leadership, the student body established the traditions and values of the school. An annual scholarship award in his name is granted each year by the Kimball Alumni Association to two outstanding students who demonstrate academic and leadership successes.
Although Dallas ISD began integrating high school campuses in 1965-1966 school year, Kimball's student body was primarily Caucasian until the late 1970s. The ethnic makeup of the student body changed gradually during the 1980s, and by 1990 Kimball's students were almost entirely African-American. Today, Kimball is more evenly split between African-American and Hispanic/Latino students. When Moisés E. Molina High School opened in 1996, attendance boundaries were redrawn and many areas that had attended Kimball for decades were rezoned to the new school.
Since its founding in 1958, the school has graduated over 20,000 students with many achieving contributions in athletics, politics, entertainment, music, health, business, cultural, the arts, science and engineering. A number of Kimball students have won appointments to the various military service academies through the years. In 2008, the school celebrated its Fiftieth Anniversary with a celebration hosted by the Kimball Alumni Association to honor this milestone.
Kimball has excelled for many years in state, regional and district sports, capturing several championships in football, track, wrestling, basketball, golf and volleyball. The Men's Varsity Basketball team won the state basketball championship in both 2011 and 2012. The Girl's Soccer Team won the first ever UIL State Soccer Championship in 1983 and repeated as State Champion in 1984.
Kimball High School has had a long and storied sports rivalry with David W. Carter High School. The annual football game between the two is known as "The Oak Cliff Super Bowl". Earlier graduating classes better remember the fiery and just as storied rivalry with Sunset High School.
Kimball requires mandatory school uniforms consisting of white tops and blue bottoms for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, while seniors have the option of wearing red tops and khaki bottoms. The Texas Education Agency has 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; parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.
- Steve Bartlett (1966) — U.S. Congressman (1983-1991), Mayor of Dallas (1991-1995).
- David Chalk (1968) First round draft choice of the California Angels.
- Tim Choate (1973) — Actor who starred in a number of film and television roles.
- Tashaun Gipson (2008) — current NFL Player for Cleveland Browns.
- DeMarcus Granger (2005) – American football defensive tackle.
- Brandon Harrison (1990) — University of Illinois (1995) grad. 4th round pick San Diego Chargers.
- Bob Johnson — MLB player for the Texas Rangers.
- Don King (1982) — Green Bay Packers quarterback (1987).
- Acie Law (2003) — NBA Player for Atlanta Hawks.
- Sheryl Stamps Leach (1971) Creator of the famous children's purple dinosaur, "Barney".
- Belita Moreno (1968) Star of George Lopez and noted actress.
- Marquis Pleasant — NFL player (Cincinnati Bengals).
- Quinton Ross (1999) — NBA Player for Dallas Mavericks.
- Mike Rhyner — current radio host of "The Hardline" on KTCK
- Jeryl Sasser (1997) former NBA Player, played for Bnei HaSharon of the Israeli basketball league.
- Jason Sasser (1992) — former NBA Player.
- Stephen Tobolowsky (1969) — a Tony Award-nominated actor.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan — musician.
- Marvin Washington (1984) — NFL Player San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets.
- Todd Whitten (1983) — Head football coach, Sam Houston State University.