Carroll Senior High School

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Carroll Senior High School
1501 W. Southlake Blvd
Southlake, Texas, Tarrant County, 76092
United States
School type Public, Secondary
School district Carroll Independent School District
Principal Shawn Duhon
Faculty 63.6
Grades 11 to 12
Enrollment 1,281
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Green
Athletics conference UIL Class 6A
Mascot Dragons

Carroll Senior High School (commonly known as Southlake Carroll) is a public secondary school in Southlake, Texas, serving students in grades 11 - 12. The school is part of the Carroll Independent School District, serving the majority of the city of Southlake, Texas and portions of northwest Grapevine, far northern Colleyville and eastern Westlake. The building is located at 1501 W. Southlake Blvd at the intersection of S. Peytonville Avenue and Southlake Blvd.


Founded in 1919 as Carroll School, bringing together students in grades 1-9 from area one-room schools. Men of district No. 99, then a poor, rural area west of Grapevine, voted to increase their taxes to build a school. That fall, the three-room Carroll School opened next to a wagon road renamed Carroll and only accepted white students. That same year, District No. 99 was named for B. Carroll, county superintendent of instruction. The school is still standing today, located at 1055 N. Carroll Avenue, north of Texas 114, just before the former Carroll Intermediate School. In 1959, Carroll upgraded to an Independent School District, becoming only primary education. For high school, students had to go to Grapevine. From 1961-1962, the district added 9th grade. In 1965, Carroll ISD was fully accredited for primary and secondary education and the district built a high school wing. Later that year, their first senior class graduated in the original Carroll School off Carroll Avenue. In 1970, Carroll High School opened at Dove Road and Carroll Avenue, housing both middle and high school students. In 1981, the new Carroll High School was built on Whites Chapel Boulevard, leaving the old high school to become entirely middle school. In 1992, the school became a “split campus” with the opening of a senior high wing on Southlake Boulevard to serve juniors and seniors. The old Carroll High building continued to serve freshmen and sophomores. However, the two separate campuses function as one school. Both schools have upheld an exemplary rating according to the TEA.


Carroll I.S.D. traditionally operated on a semesterly schedule, whereby the academic year was divided into two halves separated by a winter holiday. Beginning in 2014, the district changed to a quarterly schedule, whereby the year is split into four parts instead of two.

Both Carroll Senior High School and Carroll High School operate from 8:00 a.m. to 3:21 p.m. on a block schedule. Every student's schedule consists of 8 blocks that are ninety minutes in length. However, students attend only four blocks per day. Blocks 1 – 4 are termed “A Day” and blocks 5 – 8 are termed "B Day”. The two days alternate back-to-back. Weeks starting on “A” or “B” days are colloquially called “A” or “B” weeks. Both schools operate as closed campuses, meaning students are not allowed to leave unless given administrative permission.

Carroll Senior High School consists students in the 11th and 12th grades and houses all varsity practices for every sport or fine art (except concert band). Upper-level art, technology, and language classes are held here as well, except for Mandarin Chinese, Latin and American Sign Language (ASL), which are housed at the high school. If a Junior or Senior will have enough academic credits to graduate without filling all eight blocks of his or her yearly schedule, they may take an "off-block". This is a block during which the student does not have a scheduled class and is not required to be at school. Off-blocks occur during the mornings with 1st/5th block or during the afternoons with 4th/8th block, but never both. The Carroll Aquatic Center is located at the Senior High. Dragon Stadium is located on the east side of Southlake and is not part of either campus.

Carroll High School consists of 9th and 10th grade and houses all freshmen and junior varsity practices for every sport or fine art. Health and speech classes are held here as well. Students who have a schedule that requires them to be at both campuses on the same day may either ride a shuttle bus between campuses or, if licensed, may drive themselves. However, it is a general rule that students should only drive their own cars if their first or last class of the day is at one campus and the rest are at the other. Passing periods are twelve minutes long at both campuses, because the two campuses are around 2 miles apart.

Both the high school and the senior high maintain school resource officers who are full-time, sworn officers of the Southlake Police Department. Both campuses also have security features at the front entrances designed to channel visitors through the administration office before being allowed to enter the main body of the school. All other exterior doors are locked during the school day and students are instructed not to allow anyone inside through any door other than the main entrance. Staff and senior students are issued digital key cards which allow the access to any exterior door with a digital card scanner.


The Carroll Dragons have won 20 state titles since 1975. These titles include American football, wrestling, golf, cross country, swimming, baseball, soccer, basketball, diving, track and field, hockey, marching band, and lacrosse. Carroll won the UIL Lone Star Cup in the 2000–01 and 2001–02 school years as a 4A school and in the 2011–12, 2012–13 and 2013–14 school years as a 5A school.[1] In the 2011–12 school year, the Carroll Dragons won five separate state championships, the most state championships ever won by a single school year in UIL history. This honor made the graduates of the class of 2012 the most decorated class in UIL history. The Dragons are recognized nationally due to the success of the football program, winning eight state championships (tied for the most by any 11-man program in Texas), including four of the first five state titles in which it competed in Class 5A (the class featuring the state's largest high schools). Several games have been televised nationally by Fox Sports Net, which has also caused controversy both locally and nationally.[2]


The football team enters the field at Texas Stadium for the 2005 Texas 5A Division II State Championship game, which it won 34–20 against the Katy Tigers

The Dragons have an all-time record of 398–126–8. They have been particularly impressive in the last 25[when?] seasons, winning eight state titles in nine championship game appearances. Carroll's record in the last 20[when?] seasons is 244–39–1. Bob Ledbetter led the Dragons to statewide prominence with three 3A state titles in 1988, 1992 and 1993. His successor, Tom Rapp, however, compiled only a 29–17–1 record as Carroll head coach from 1996–99 without a state finals appearance.[citation needed]

In 2000, the former University of Texas at Austin quarterback Todd Dodge replaced Rapp. In seven seasons, Dodge guided the Dragons to a 98–11 record (including a 79–1 record and four state championships in the school's first five years as a Class 5A program), before leaving Carroll for the University of North Texas in 2007. Southlake Carroll has been recognized as United States High School National Champion in 2004, 2005 and 2006.[3] His successor is Hal Wasson,[4] former coach at Fossil Ridge High School (Fort Worth, Texas).[5] Carroll won its third consecutive 5A state title in 2006, making it only the second school to “three-peat” in the 5A class (Robert E. Lee High School of Midland, Texas did it 1998–2000). In the 2006 title game, the Dragons beat Westlake High School of Austin, whose starting quarterback was Nick Foles, by a score of 43–29 for their 48th consecutive win.[6] With eight starters back on offense, including running back Tre' Newton (2,010 rushing yards, 20 TDs) and AP's 2006 5A state offensive player of the year Riley Dodge (4,184 passing yards, 54 TDs; 1,119 rushing yards, 13 TDs) at quarterback, Carroll aimed for another 5A state title in 2007.[7] In 2006 the Southlake football team faced the Euless team Trinity High School for the first time in a close 22–21 match, making it Carroll's narrowest victory of the season.

Carroll Senior High School played Miami Northwestern High School in a rare No. 1 versus No. 2 match at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on September 15, 2007.[8] The game was televised nationally by ESPNU. The Dragons were defeated 29–21, which ended their winning streak at 49, tying the Texas big-school state record set by Abilene HS from 1954–1957. On December 1, 2007, Southlake Carroll faced Abilene High School in the Regional semifinals. Carroll was defeated 22–21 in a thrilling game that was named Dave Campbell's game of the year for 2007. Nevertheless, Carroll had a 21–9 lead early in the third quarter, but were unable to beat the Eagles. The Warbirds scored 13 unanswered points to take the lead and ended Carroll's run of consecutive state championship appearances and their 58-game winning streak against Texas teams. In 2009, Carroll defeated Colleyville Heritage in the first round of the playoffs. In the second round of the playoffs, Carroll and Allen played a memorable game at Cowboys Stadium that went to 2OT and ended with a Carroll victory 35–34. In the third round, Carroll was surprisingly upset by Arlington Bowie 45–21, the largest scoreboard deficit the Dragons have experienced since moving to 5A. In the 2011 season, Southlake Carroll was the district champions, going 10–0. The Dragons defeated Plano East, Cedar Hill, Arlington Bowie, Arlington Martin and Dallas Skyline to advance to the 5A Division 1 state championship game against Fort Bend Hightower were the Dragons won 36–29 to claim the 2011 state championship. The win allowed Southlake Carroll to tie Celina High School with eight state championships, the most of any 11-man program. Southlake Carroll won five of the ten Texas 5A state championships from 2002-2011.

The Carroll Dragon football team competed in district 7-6A in the 2014 season and finished with a 10-0 regular season record including an unblemished 6-0 district record. The 2014 regular season schedule was clearly one of the more challenging schedules ever put together for the football program and included the likes of Texas powerhouse programs of Abilene, Midland Lee, Austin Westlake and Tulsa Union as part of the non-district schedule. District 7-6A was viewed by most media outlets as one of the most competitive 2014 districts in the state of Texas in Class 6A which included the powerful Trinity Trogans, returning playoff team LD Bell Raiders, rivalry opponent Coppell Cowboys, neighboring district foe Colleyville Heritage Panthers, and two Birdville ISD entries (Richland Rebels and Haltom Buffaloes). Five of these district teams were 2013 playoff contenders in Class 5A and were brought together in District 7-6A due to the biennial Texas University Scholastic League redistricting. The Dragons were ranked in the top 10 AP poll throughout the season and climbed to #2 overall at the conclusion of regular season play, with defending 5A division I state champion Allen Eagles at #1. Carroll competed in the 2014 UIL 6A Division II playoffs and won three playoff games including a remarkable 14 point come-from-behind victory in round 1 over the Mansfield Tigers (38-31) at AT&T stadium, an exciting second round offensive shootout against defending 4A state champion Denton Guyer (58-42) at AT&T stadium, and a third round convincing victory over the San Angelo Central Bobcats (35-10) at the new McLane Stadium on the campus of Baylor University. The Dragons fourth round opponent in the 6A Region 1 finals was the defending 5A Division II state champion Cedar Hill Longhorns and was played at SMU's Ford Stadium. History will record the game as an offensive explosion by both teams with Cedar Hill eventually prevailing 62-42, thus eliminating the 2014 Dragons from the 2014 state playoffs. Cedar Hill would go on to win the 2014 Division II state championship. The Head Coach for the 2014 Carroll Dragons was Hal Wasson with offensive coordinator Clayton George and defensive coordinator Tim Wasson.

Cross Country[edit]

The Lady Dragon cross country team has won 7 UIL state titles since 2000 (2013, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2000). They tied the state record in 2012 with 32 points. The Lady Dragons were on the podium at the state meet (top 3) for 11 consecutive years making them the most successful program in Texas. They qualified for the state meet 16 years in a row. At the state meet they have had 24 individual state medalists (top 10 in the state) and two individual state champions, Brooke Upshaw in 2005 and Jessa Vacek in 2000. They also claimed 12 regional and 12 district titles. Most impressively, the Lady Dragons have qualified for the Nike Cross National meet in Portland, Oregon, in 8 out of the 9 years it has been held, missing out only in 2008. In 2005 and 2006, they placed third at the meet and placed second in 2012, making them one of the most consistent and successful programs in the country.

On the boys' side, the Dragons won back-to-back-to-back-to-back UIL 5A/6A state titles in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 setting the state record in 2011 with 20 points and the second best score ever in 2012 with 27 points. The Dragons have been on the podium in 8 of the past 10[when?] years, placing second in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010 and third in 2005. They have qualified for the state meet 11 times and during that time have 23 state medalists (top 10) and 2-time state champion Colby Lowe (2006, 2007). They have had six regional titles and 8 district titles. They have qualified for 6 of 9 Nike Cross National meets. In 2011 they placed second, missing first by 3 points.

The Dragons and Lady Dragons were recognized as the "Top Cross Country Program" in the USA in 2011 and 2012. Their coach, Justin Leonard, has built the team to a state and nationally recognized program.


Southlake has produced two individual tennis state champions, Doug Fike (1996) and Justin Hunter (1998). In 1998, Hunter also won the school's only high school national championship. In the 2000s, the team finished with a top 10 state ranking in 2006 and 2007. Since the 2005 fall season, the Dragons have yet to lose a district match compiling a record of 28–0.

Swimming and Diving[edit]

The Carroll Dragon swim team is among the top swim teams in the state.[citation needed] The boys won the state championship in 2001 and 2002 as a 4A school, while the girls finished second in both years. The boys' and girls' teams have won their District Championship every year for the past nine[when?] years and, in 2010, both teams won the Region 2-5A meet, one of the toughest swimming/diving regions in the state. For the past five[when?] years, both teams have placed in the top three in the state meet, with the boys finishing second and the girls finishing third at the Texas 5A State Swim/Dive Championships in Austin in February 2010. The Dragons were undefeated in the 2010–2011 season as they made a run at both the boys' and girls' Texas State 5A Swim/Dive Championships in Austin in February at the University of Texas Swim Center. The Carroll men's team won the state championship for the 2010–2011 school year, while the women came in second place. In the 2011–2012 swim/dive season, the Southlake Carroll Dragon swim/dive teams dominated the competition, on their way to a "double" State 5A Championship in boys' and girls' Texas HS Swimming & Diving. On February 24–25, 2012, the swim/dive teams became the 2011–2012 Texas 5A state champions, recording a seldom-seen "double", winning both state championships in the same year. The 2011–2012 Lady Dragon swim/dive team was crowned the NISCA Power-Point Dual Meet National Champions. This competition recognizes superior depth in an entire program, not just a very few fast swimmers. The Lady Dragons amassed 6,396 points in the NISCA Power-Point, to edge out the second placed team by only four points. The 2012–2013 Dragon HS swim/dive programs headed into the "Championship" season of Districts, Regionals and State, with identical 14–0 records, making them the favorites to repeat as Texas 5A state champions.

Southlake Carroll boys' and girls' swim/dive teams won the 2013 Texas State 5A Swim/Dive Championships again, making three in a row for the boys and two in a row for the girls.[9] Carroll Dragon swim teams were in action at the 2014 Texas 5A State Championships in Austin, Texas. The Southlake Carroll Dragon boys made it four state championships in a row, while the Dragon girls missed by only one point, 159-160, to the team from Austin Westlake. Since 2010, the Dragon boys and girls have combined for six state championships, three second places and one third place, establishing the Dragons as the #1 high school swim program in Texas.


In 2013, Carroll Dragon Soccer team’s head coach, Gregory Oglesby, was a recipient for the 2013 National Coaches of the Year Award by the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS). Twenty-one high school coaches from across the country were recognized for this award. Coach Oglesby has been with the Carroll soccer program for 18 years and has helped build the Dragon Soccer team into what it is now. In 2014, the Lady Dragons Soccer team ranked No. 2 in their 5A division.

Fine Arts[edit]

Carroll Senior High School/High School offers five concert bands, three jazz bands, the Dragon Marching Band, three concert choirs, two show choirs, the 2011 State Champion Emerald Belles drill team, Color Guard, also known as Endeavor, and the Carroll Theatre Arts.


In 2014, Carroll Senior High’s Jazz Band was selected to be a finalist in the Essentially Ellington Competition, the largest and most prominent national high school jazz contest. Often referred to as the “Super Bowl of jazz competitions”, the contest took place in New York City, with Carroll being the only school in Texas in the finalist lineup. One of Carroll’s own members was awarded outstanding vocalist and the band’s brass section was named outstanding section.

The Dragon marching band has competed in the Texas state marching band competition 14 times since its inception, winning twice. Most recently, the band competed in the 2014 UIL 6A Area competition, earning 13th place out of 24 competing bands. The band is composed of over 250 varsity performers and about 50 non-varsity members.

The Carroll concert band program consists of five concert bands: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, and Wind Symphony. Every four years since the mid-1990s, the Wind Symphony has participated in an exchange program with music students from Tring, England, whereby students from Tring would visit Texas during the fall, and the Carroll students would visit England the following summer. The concert bands compete regularly in the South Coast Music Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas; and in UIL concert band competition. Typically, all bands receive overall Superior "I" ratings.

Notable alumni[edit]


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