Bryan Adams High School

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Bryan Adams High School
Bryan Adams HS.jpg
2101 Millmar Drive
Dallas, Texas 75228
United States
Coordinates 32°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
Type Public, Secondary
Motto Collaborative, Tenacious, and Reflective [1]
Established 1957
School district Dallas Independent School District
Principal Mr. Richard Kastl[1]
Faculty 151[1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,864[2]
Color(s) Kelly green and white[1]          
Mascot Cougar[1]
Trustee dist.  3, D. Micciche[3]

Bryan Adams High School is a public secondary 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.[4]


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.[5] The building was constructed at a cost of US$2.4 million[6] 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.[7] 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.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s[citation needed] Bryan Adams was one of the largest high schools in Texas,[8] 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.[8] 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.[9]

In the 2014-2015 school year, STAAR scores were raised up by 30% showing improvements of previous STAAR scores.[citation needed]

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:[10]


The most consistently successful team at BA has been the men's swimming team which won regional and district championships throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, finishing in the top 10 in the state on several occasions. From 1999 to 2006 the men's swim team won eight consecutive district titles. Caleb Veazey was an individual State Champion for the Cougars in 2009, winning both the 200 and 500 yard freestyle.


Bryan Adams is annually considered a district title contender in baseball. In 1972, the Cougars reached the Texas State Baseball Quarterfinals. They were defeated (2-1) by a Houston Westchester pitcher named David Clyde. One month later, Clyde received national notoriety by pitching for the Texas Rangers as an eighteen-year-old phenom. In 2007 BA was District Baseball Champion.


In 2006, the football team made a playoff appearance for the first time since 1985.[11]

In 2008, the Bryan Adams football team made another playoff appearance, losing 55–14 to Carter. During the 2013-2014 athletic seasons, all programs besides one qualified for the playoffs.

State Championship[edit]

The school's lone team to win a Texas state championship was the 1967 golf team.[12] There have been many individual state champions and many notable state-level teams, including the Kenyon Martin-led basketball team of 1996.


The Belles are a dance/drill team that originated when the school was inaugurated in 1957. The team has undergone many changes since then, but still holds on to many traditions. The military-style uniform of kelly green satin has remained the same through the years with only slight changes and additions to it, such as the addition of a belt and a smaller flower on the glittery head band. The Belles also perform the traditional BA Kick routine with ten head-high kicks at every performance. Ms. Amy Solorio is the current director of the Belles. The group is active throughout the entire year, including football season, pep rallies, and other extra-curricular activities.[citation needed]

School uniforms[edit]

Bryan Adams requires school uniforms for its students.[13] 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;[14] parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.

Student discipline[edit]

If students who are frequently truant are ordered by a court to go to school, they will wear ankle monitoring bracelets.[15]


Bryan Adams has the (ASP) which informs students of tertiary educational options.[16]

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,.[17]


As of 2014, 87.2% of the students at Bryan Adams are economically disadvantaged, 10.2% enroll in special education, 8.3% enroll in gifted and talent programs, and 27.6% are considered "limited English proficient."[18]

Also as of 2014, the ethnic makeup of the school is 77.3% Hispanic American, 15% Black American, 4.5% White American, non-Hispanic, 2.5% Asian American/Pacific Islander American, and less than 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native.

The average class sizes at Bryan Adams are 22 students for English, 24 for foreign language, 23 for math, 22 for science, and 22 for social studies.[19]

Teachers at the school carry, on average, 13 years of teaching experience and 7% of the teachers on staff are first-year teachers.[19]

Bryan Adams High School was rated Academically Acceptable by the Texas Education Agency in 2007, though by 2011 the school has rated Academically Unacceptable for three consecutive years. "[20]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Dallas ISD - Bryan Adams High School. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  2. ^ "DATA PACKET for 2015-16 planning" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Dallas ISD - Schools by Trustee Archived October 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. (PDF). Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  4. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Kristopher Rupert. The History of Bryan Adams and the Traditions of the School (40th anniversary, 1997)
  6. ^ "New schools to open in September," The Dallas Morning News, March 31, 1957, part 3, page 1.
  7. ^ "Plans for school authorized on Earhart building pattern," The Dallas Morning News, October 12, 1956, section 1, page 5.
  8. ^ a b c 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.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  10. ^ The Athletics Department
  11. ^ [1].
  12. ^ "Cougars, Wildcats Win Titles." The Dallas Morning News, 7 May 1967. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  13. ^ "BA Standard Dress." Bryan Adams High School.
  14. ^ "Uniforms Archived September 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.," Texas Education Agency
  15. ^ Siegel, Larry J. and Clemens Bartollas. Corrections Today. Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN 1133933653, 9781133933656. p. 125.
  16. ^ Boardman, Ananda. "Program at Bryan Adams helps students with college applications, essays ." Dallas Morning News. August 23, 2013. Retrieved on June 18, 2916.
  17. ^ "High School Cluster Feeder Patterns, Magnet Schools, Special Programs, and Alternative Schools 2015-16" (PDF). 
  18. ^ "2014-2015 Data Planning Packet" (PDF). 
  19. ^ a b Great Schools - Bryan Adams High School - Dallas, Texas. Information originally from the Texas Education Agency. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  20. ^ [2].
  21. ^ Karen Brooks
  22. ^ "Notable Natives: Famous (and infamous) People From Oak Cliff". Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  23. ^ Floor Statement by Congresswoman Pelosi Archived February 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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