Justin F. Kimball High School

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Justin F. Kimball High School
3606 South Westmoreland Road
Dallas, Texas 75233
United States
Coordinates 32°41′57″N 96°52′40″W / 32.69917°N 96.87778°W / 32.69917; -96.87778Coordinates: 32°41′57″N 96°52′40″W / 32.69917°N 96.87778°W / 32.69917; -96.87778
Type Public, Secondary
Motto Optima Petimus (Latin) "We Seek the Best!"
Established 1958
School district Dallas Independent School District
Principal Earl A. Jones
Faculty 82.24 (FTE)
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1392 (2012-2013)
Student to teacher ratio 16.93
Color(s) Navy Blue, Scarlet Red
Mascot Knights
Rival Carter High School

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 Dallas Texas, former school superintendent, and founder of a predecessor of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]


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, Hispanic and other ethnic 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.


The Kimball Knights compete in the following sports:[3]

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 1990, 1996, 1997, 2011, 2012, and 2014.[4] The Girls' 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".

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Justin F Kimball H S". ed.gov. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  3. ^ The Athletics Department
  4. ^ Dallas' Kimball High School Wins 4A Championship, dfw.cbslocal.com, March 10, 2012
  5. ^ "Marquis Pleasant". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 

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