Thomas Jefferson High School (Dallas)
|Thomas Jefferson High School|
No mountain too high, No ocean too wide, Reaching our goals with Patriot Pride.
|4001 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229
|School district||Dallas Independent School District|
|Enrollment||1,200 (approx., fall 2008)|
|Color(s)||Columbia blue and cardinal red|
|Information||972-502-7300 (office), 972-502-7301 (Fax)|
Thomas Jefferson High School is a secondary school in Dallas, Texas that serves grades 9-12. The school is part of the Dallas Independent School District and is located at 4001 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229. The school is named after the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and locally is known simply as "TJ."
The school's colors are Columbia blue and cardinal red and its mascot is the Patriot. Until 1972, the (Confederate) Rebel served as school mascot and the Confederate Battle Flag was a recognized school emblem. The negative associations of both symbols led to a change following desegregation of Dallas schools in the early 1970s. In the 2005-06 school year, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary.
In 1987 John Kincaide, the athletic director of DISD, said that the district is prepared to allow Jefferson to be reclassified by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) from athletic class 5A to athletic class 4A; the UIL had the possibility of demoting the school to athletic class 4A as part of its biannual reclassification.
Neighborhoods served 
Jefferson serves several sections of Dallas, including a portion of Walnut Hill, Walnut Hill Lane and the adjacent residential area, the apartment complexes along the Webb Chapel Extension, the Love Field neighborhood, and The Creeks of Preston Hollow. It serves a portion of the Preston Hollow area.
The campus 
The class of 1965 had 962 members, the largest graduating class of any high school in Texas up to that time.
Beginning in the mid-1980s, TJ's student body changed from predominantly white to predominantly Hispanic/Latino. Although the school is located in a primarily white neighborhood, most students come from majority-Hispanic areas north of Love Field.
The high school shotput record was set at the Golden West Invitational in 1979 by then-senior Michael Carter, who threw the 12-pound shotput 81 feet, 3-1/2 inches. As of June 2006, the record had yet to be broken or even approached.
In 2006, the League of United Latin American Citizens provided uniforms for all 20 members of the TJ boys' soccer team after learning that the team, which had taken second place in the athletic district, had been unable to afford to outfit the full team for the previous four years.
On September 16, 2011 The Thomas Jefferson High School Football Team won their first homecoming game. Sparking a large celebration by the students and faculty. 
School uniforms 
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; parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.
Feeder patterns 
The following elementary schools feed into Jefferson:
- David G. Burnet
- F.P. Caillet
- Leonides Cigarroa
- Tom W. Field
- Stephen C. Foster
- Obadiah Knight
- Julian T. Saldivar
- Walnut Hill
Two middle schools, Edward H. Cary and Thomas J. Rusk (partial), feed into Jefferson.
Notable alumni 
- M. L. Aday (Meat Loaf), rock musician
- Michael Carter, former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman and 1984 Olympics silver medalist in shot put
- Eddie Dominguez, former Texas A&M basketball player, led TJ to state basketball championship in 1962; owner and president of Tupinamba Restaurants
- Brandon Hopkins, multi-platinum music producer of such acts as Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco
- Dave Huffman, All-American football player and broadcaster, member of the 1977 Notre Dame championship team, Minnesota Vikings center, guard, and tackle
- Cynthia Izaguirre, early-morning news anchor at WFAA-TV
- JW Leggio, 1976, singer/actor
- Hal Mumme, New Mexico State Head football coach
- Mike Nesmith, actor-musician and member of The Monkees
- Brenda Vaccaro, Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress
- Robert Wilonsky, journalist
- Diane Grisham Winston, Class of 1966, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (1996–2008) from St. Tammany Parish.
Frank Haley ('59) radio newsman at KLIF, KVIL (Dallas) KILT (Houston) and KOB (Albuquerque)
Former students 
- Dave Mitchell, Miami radio personality (sophomore year)
- Owen Wilson, actor (completed sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson after being expelled from St. Mark's School of Texas)
- Karen Elliott. "Black students stay out" (article about a walkout by black students protesting the refusal of many white students to attend the majority-black schools to which they had been assigned), The Dallas Morning News, September 14, 1971, page 1A. "Jefferson students also complained about the Rebel theme at the school, despite white students' agreement not to fly the Rebel flag or play Dixie at football games."
- Karen Elliott. "Estes to get complaints," The Dallas Morning News, September 15, 1971, page 1A.
- "Students vote today" (coverage of student vote for new symbols), The Dallas Morning News, April 13, 1972, page 1D.
- TJ Alumni Association Main Page
- "DISD WILL LET PINKSTON, TJ DROP TO CLASS AAAA." The Dallas Morning News. December 2, 1987. Retrieved on November 26, 2011.
- "Fall 2008 Thomas Jefferson High School Attendance Zone Grades 9-12." Dallas Independent School District. Accessed October 12, 2008.
- "Maps." City of Dallas. Accessed October 12, 2008.
- "Brochure." The Creeks of Preston Hollow. Accessed October 12, 2008.
- Jacobs, Mary. "Preston Hollow adding Bushes to list of high-profile residents." The Dallas Morning News. January 7, 2009. Retrieved on October 12, 2011.
- Class of 1965 Reunion site
- John Crumpacker. The Carter family puts its emphasis in Sacramento, San Francisco Chronicle, June 6, 2006
- LULAC Gives Uniforms to High School Soccer Team
- Thomas Jefferson HS: Policies
- Texas Education Code, Chapter 11, School Districts: Subchapter D, Powers and duties of board of trustees of independent school district: Sec. 11.162, School uniforms. Retrieved October 24, 2007.
- Feeder Pattern for Thomas Jefferson HS, 2006-07 School Year
- Chamberlain, Adrian. Meat Loaf, reheated: Singer says energy and voice are back, thanks to exercise and vocal coach The Ottawa Citizen, March 13, 2007.
- SF Chronicle
- "Traditions in Sports," part of the exhibit ¡Siempre! Hispanics at Texas A&M Celebrating 130 Years
- Mary Brown Malouf, Taco of the Town: Tupinamba deserves its spot in Tex-Metroplex history, Dallas Observer, May 9, 1996
- Dave Huffman profile at databaseFootball.com
- "Newscaster Cynthia Izaguirre joins WFAA's 'Daybreak': newscaster of YouTube fame joins local morning show," The Dallas Morning News, January 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
- "A Look at 'Air Raid' Hal Mumme Football," Scout.com, December 30, 2004. Retrieved September 12, 2008.
- Liner notes to Dallas' Scene, Heard - Rare and Unreleased Tracks Compiled by the Dallas Observer
- Mike Nesmith, profile by Rhino Records
- Philip Wuntch. "She's in retirement, but it's all an act," The Dallas Morning News, August 17, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
- Robert Wilonsky. "Yup. I Was a Cheerleader. Damned Proud of It. (Well...)," Unfair Park blog of Dallas Observer, April 12, 2007.
- "House District 77". enlou.com. Retrieved October 18, 2009.[dead link]
- Owen Wilson bio at Wilson-brothers.com
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