Justin F. Kimball High School
|Justin F. Kimball High School|
|3606 South Westmoreland Road
Dallas, Texas 75233
|Motto||Optima Petimus (Latin) "We Seek the Best!"|
|School district||Dallas Independent School District|
|Principal||Earl A. Jones|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.93|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue, Scarlet Red
|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.
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:
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
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. 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".
- Steve Bartlett (1966) — U.S. Congressman (1983-1991), Mayor of Dallas (1991-1995).
- David Chalk (1968) - baseball player, first-round draft choice of California Angels.
- Tim Choate (1973) — actor who starred in a number of film and television roles.
- Tashaun Gipson (2008) — NFL player for Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns.
- DeMarcus Granger (2005) – former NFL defensive tackle.
- Brandon Harrison (1990) — football player, University of Illinois (1995), 4th-round pick San Diego Chargers.
- Bob Johnson — MLB player for Texas Rangers.
- Don King (1982) — Green Bay Packers quarterback (1987).
- Acie Law (2003) — NBA player for Atlanta Hawks.
- Sheryl Stamps Leach (1971) - creator of famous children's purple dinosaur "Barney".
- Belita Moreno (1968) - actress, best known for playing Benita "Benny" Lopez on George Lopez.
- Marquis Pleasant — former NFL player (Cincinnati Bengals).
- Quinton Ross (1999) — former NBA player for Dallas Mavericks.
- Mike Rhyner — radio host of "The Hardline" on KTCK
- Jeryl Sasser (1997) former NBA player, played for Bnei HaSharon of Israeli basketball league.
- Jason Sasser (1992) — former NBA player.
- Phillip Tanner (2006) — former NFL player for Dallas Cowboys.
- Stephen Tobolowsky (1969) — a Tony Award-nominated actor.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan — musician.
- Marvin Washington (1984) — former NFL player San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets.
- Todd Whitten (1983) — head football coach, Sam Houston State University.
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