Bryan Adams High School

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Bryan Adams High School
Bryan Adams HS.jpg
2101 Millmar Drive


Coordinates32°49′38″N 96°40′48″W / 32.827103°N 96.680125°W / 32.827103; -96.680125Coordinates: 32°49′38″N 96°40′48″W / 32.827103°N 96.680125°W / 32.827103; -96.680125
TypePublic, Secondary
MottoCollaborative, Tenacious, and Reflective [1]
School districtDallas Independent School District
PrincipalRichard Kastl[1]
Number of students1,963 (2015-16)[2]
Color(s)Kelly green and white[1]          

Bryan Adams High School is a public high school located in the Casa View neighborhood of East Dallas, Texas (USA) and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District. The school serves the area of Dallas east of White Rock Lake, south of Northwest Highway, north of Interstate 30, and inside the Dallas city limits. The school is classified as a 5A school by the UIL. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]


Bryan Adams High School opened in 1957 and was named after William Jennings Bryan Adams, a DISD Board of Education secretary from 1929 until his death in 1955.[4] The building was constructed at a cost of US$2.4 million[5] and was designed by the architectural firm of Goodwin & Cavitt using the same pattern as their building for Thomas Jefferson High School, which opened in 1955.[6] Students and alumni almost always refer to the school as 'Bryan Adams,' or simply by the acronym 'B.A.'

While 'Adams High School' is the name of several high schools throughout the United States, there is only one 'Bryan Adams High School.' It has no connection to Canadian singer Bryan Adams, who was born two years after the school's founding.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s[citation needed] Bryan Adams was one of the largest high schools in Texas,[7] graduating more than 1,000 students in each of the years from 1968 to 1972.[citation needed] Most of its students were middle class and white.[7] Since the opening of Conrad High School in 2006, B.A. has seen a noticeable decline in enrollment, dropping from the UIL largest classification for the first time in the 2008 realignment.[citation needed]

On October 6, 2010, the Dallas Independent School District announced that Bryan Adams would be reorganized after receiving the state's lowest rating for two straight years. The reorganization would take place for the 2011-2012 school year in a process known as "reconstitution," according to DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander. State law requires the academic shakeup for campuses that consistently are rated "academically unacceptable." Campus review teams at the schools, consisting of an internal and external member, will review students' performance on the state exam to determine which teachers should leave the schools, Dahlander said. Bryan Adams high school is on the low-performing list for its graduation rate, he said.[8]

In 2015, DISD started a school of choice program for many schools in Dallas and Bryan Adams will begin to phase in a school-wide leadership model in a three- to five-year plan. Bryan Adams is among seven Dallas ISD choice schools that are planned to launch in the next couple of years. Unlike magnet schools, choice schools will not have any academic entry requirements. Enrollment is open to students district-wide, but priority is given to students in the school’s attendance zone.[citation needed]


The school competes in UIL district 11-5A with 5 other DISD schools and 2 schools in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. The BA Cougars compete in the following sports:[9]

State Championship[edit]

The school's lone team to win a Texas state championship was the 1967 golf team.[10]

Feeder patterns[edit]

W. H. Gaston and Robert T. Hill Middle Schools feed into Bryan Adams.

Bayles, Edwin J. Kiest, Reinhardt, Alex Sanger, and Larry Smith Elementary Schools feed into Gaston Middle School.

Casa View, Charles A. Gill, Victor H. Hexter, and Martha Turner Reilly Elementary Schools feed into Hill Middle School,.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Dallas ISD - Bryan Adams High School Archived 2007-05-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  2. ^ "BRYAN ADAMS H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2016-04-22.
  4. ^ Kristopher Rupert. The History of Bryan Adams and the Traditions of the School Archived 2007-10-09 at the Wayback Machine (40th anniversary, 1997)
  5. ^ "New schools to open in September," The Dallas Morning News, March 31, 1957, part 3, page 1.
  6. ^ "Plans for school authorized on Earhart building pattern," The Dallas Morning News, October 12, 1956, section 1, page 5.
  7. ^ a b Curtis, Gregory. "James Helwig is the Heavyweight Champion of Texas." Texas Monthly. Emmis Communications, July 1974. Volume 2, No. 7. ISSN 0148-7736. START: 82. CITED: p. 57.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ The Athletics Department
  10. ^ "Cougars, Wildcats Win Titles." The Dallas Morning News, 7 May 1967. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  11. ^ "High School Cluster Feeder Patterns, Magnet Schools, Special Programs, and Alternative Schools 2015-16" (PDF).
  12. ^ Karen Brooks
  13. ^ "Notable Natives: Famous (and infamous) People From Oak Cliff". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  14. ^ Floor Statement by Congresswoman Pelosi Archived February 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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