L. G. Pinkston High School
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|L.G. Pinkston High School|
|2200 Dennison Street
Dallas, Texas 75212
|School district||Dallas Independent School District|
|Principal||Mr. Dwain Simmons |
|Color(s)||Black and Gold|
The school is named in honor of Dr. Lee Gresham Pinkston, an African American doctor known for his strong civic leadership. In 1927, he opened the Pinkston Clinic Hospital which was the only clinic that served the African American community. He died in 1961. The school serves the West Dallas neighborhoods.
L.G. Pinkston High School opened in November 1964 as a school for black children.
In 1987 John Kincaide, the athletic director of DISD, said that the district is prepared to allow Pinkston to be reclassified by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) from athletic class 5A to athletic class 4A; the UIL had the possibility of demoting the school to athletic class 4A as part of its biannual reclassification.
In 2009, the state classified 10% of Pinkston's graduates as "college ready," or ready to undergo university studies. The State of Texas defined "college readiness" by scores on the ACT and SAT and in the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. Several DISD schools with demographics similar to that of Pinkston, such as Bryan Adams High School, David W. Carter High School, and Madison High School had higher rates of college readiness than Pinkston. Holly K. Hacker of The Dallas Morning News said that the rate was "a dismal figure even when taking into account the school's poverty and other social challenges." Liliana Valdez, the school district's director of college and career readiness, said that since the 2009 rankings, the district enacted measures at Pinkston to improve the statistics, including the creation of magnet programs for architecture, automotive technology, criminal justice, and law.
As of 2015 the school has about 1,000 students. DISD has plans to rebuild the high school. DISD board member Lew Blackburn stated that he believed that the district's price figure of $130 million is too high.
The L.G. Pinkston Vikings compete in the following sports:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Tony Mitchell – former college basketball player for North Texas who was selected 37th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons
- Regina Taylor – nationally known actor and playwright
- Donnie Williams – American football player
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- The Athletics Department
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