Newman Smith High School

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Newman Smith High School
2335 North Josey Lane
Carrollton, Texas, Denton County, 75007
United States
Coordinates 32°58′46″N 96°53′30″W / 32.97954°N 96.89158°W / 32.97954; -96.89158Coordinates: 32°58′46″N 96°53′30″W / 32.97954°N 96.89158°W / 32.97954; -96.89158
School type Public, Secondary
School district Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District
Principal Joe Pouncy
Grades 9th through 12th
Enrollment 1,980[1] (2014-2015)
Color(s) Green and Gold
Mascot Trojans
Rivals Creekview High School Mustangs

Newman Smith High School is a public high school in Carrollton, Texas, (USA) in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. The school opened in 1975, and is named after the former CFBISD superintendent Newman Smith. Smith High School serves sections of Carrollton and Dallas. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]


In the early 1970s, enrollment at R.L. Turner High School had passed 3,000 students, so a site near Josey Lane and Jackson Road was acquired for a second campus. The new facility opened[3] in the fall of 1975, housing eighth and ninth grade students living north of Belt Line Road. During the second year, the school housed ninth and tenth grade students. The third year the school housed eighth through eleventh grade. And the fourth year, the school housed eighth through twelfth grade students. The first graduating class was 1979, with students attending four years, and the class of 1980 had attended five years.

In 1981 the eighth grade classes were moved to the newly completed North Carrollton Junior High School (now Dan F. Long Middle School) and an auditorium and second cafeteria were added. Newman Smith's student population grew rapidly[4] in the 1980s and 1990s as new housing developments were built in north area of Carrollton. To relieve the overcrowding, Smith's boundaries were adjusted in 1988, moving approximately five-hundred students who lived south of Jackson and Keller Springs roads back to R.L. Turner, which had excess capacity at the time.

By the mid-1990s enrollment at Newman Smith was nearing 3,000 students and construction began on Creekview High School, the district's third. It was opened in the fall of 1998 and Smith's southern attendance boundary was moved back to Belt Line Road. The northern boundary was set along the newly opened President George Bush Turnpike. Today, Newman Smith High School serves all students from Ted Polk Middle School, as well as some students from DeWitt Perry and Dan F. Long Middle Schools.

Newman Smith also admits any students within the district if they would like to join the International Business Academy.


In 1998, Newman Smith High School was selected as a United States Department of Education New American High School and Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[5] The school received a Special Award For Art Education from the National Endowment For The Arts in 1998. In 2002–03, NSHS was selected to become a member of the Texas Pathfinder Collaborative (Texas Mentor School Program). In 2003, the Trojans received a three-star rating for academic excellence from Texas Monthly magazine. Newman Smith High School was selected as one of "America's Best High Schools" by the Washington Post and Newsweek Magazine in 2003–04, 2004–05, and 2005–06. Newman Smith High was ranked No. 549 out of the top 1,000 US Schools in 2005–2006.

Source: D Magazine "Best High School" ranking for 2005–06 (#20 out of 109 ranked DFW Metroplex Schools)

Marching Band[edit]

The Trojan Band advanced to UIL State competition in 2000[6], 2009[7], 2011[8], and 2013[9] with the '09 and '11 groups becoming the first in school history to achieve this feat back to back. The 2000 Trojan Band was a state alternate in 5A competition[10]. In 2009, the band won 1st in the 4A UIL Area B competition to qualify for State, then made finals at State with a record 3rd place finish in prelims. They were named the 6th best 4A band in Texas after the final round, the only top ten finish for the Trojan Band to date. In 2011 the band was named the 14th best 4A band in the state after finishing 4th in Area B. In 2013, the band finished 2nd at Area B in an upset finish to qualify for UIL State, and only missed finals by one place, becoming the 11th best 4A band in Texas.


Newman Smith switched from class 5A to 4A in 2008 due to a school population decrease. In 2013, the classification system was changed and Smith became class 5A again[11].








Major League Baseball

Minor League Baseball


  • Bobby Elder: Oral Roberts
  • Wayne Gratigny: Tennessee
  • Travis Bar: TCU
  • Chris Gay: University of Texas
  • Jeff Conway: University of Texas
  • Scott Dobbs: Arkansas
  • Ryan Brewer: Texas Tech
  • Chris Reeves: Kansas
  • Jason Head: Texas A&M
  • Mike Torti: Arizona State
  • Mike Ohm: West Texas A&M
  • Nathan Grindell: West Texas A&M
  • Jeff Herrick: Lamar
  • Danny Horne: University of Texas
  • Ben Morrow: Sam Houston State
  • Paul Thorp: Baylor
  • Matt Howard: Arkansas
  • Mike McGowan: Texas Tech
  • Bryce Cox: Rice
  • Ty Wallace: Tulane
  • Kyle Freeman: Stephen F. Austin
  • Gabriel Marchant: Baylor, College of Charleston
  • Tim Matthews: Baylor
  • Joe Towns: UT Tyler (Div.III)
  • Ryan Reidel: UT Tyler (Div.III)
  • Preston Claiborne: Tulane
  • Taylor Chinnock: Stephen F. Austin
  • Billy Murphy: Centenary College of Louisiana


  • Darin Green: Dallas Baptist University
  • Collin Budd: Northwood University
  • Scotty Hoyes: Lubbock Christian University


  • Bryan Stamp: North Central Texas
  • Travis Slayed: North Central Texas
  • Donald Williams: North Central Texas
  • Brandon Sprinkel: Navarro
  • Kyle Droll: Mountain View (Div.III)
  • Chris Brinsfield: North Lake (Div.III)
  • Desi Centro: North Lake (Div.III)
  • Randy Lorber: Brookhaven (Div.III)
  • Robert Barbosa: Richland (Div.III)
  • Jared Inman: Brookhaven (Div.III)
  • George Rose: Eastfield (Div. III)




Other Sports[edit]


  • Brian Watts: Played professionally from 1988 to 2005 and had a PGA Tour Card.
  • Paul Manganilla: Navarro College & 2002–2004 UT – Pan Am. Finished T-36 in the 2006 Texas State Open.



Track and Field


  • Alexxa Roberts: Texas Tech University
  • Lauren Thedford: West Texas A&M


  • Lance C. Thomas: 1994 Texas High School State Champion
  • Andrew T. Thomas: State record for most wins in a season (61)
  • Walter Song: 2002 Texas High School State Champion

Notable Alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  3. ^ "Newman Smith High School - Index". Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  4. ^ "Campus History/Overview | Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD". Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982–1983 Through 1999–2002 (PDF)
  6. ^ Inc, " band is just better in texas.". Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  7. ^ Inc, " band is just better in texas.". Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Texas State Marching Band Contest". Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  9. ^ "Texas State Marching Band Contest". Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  10. ^ "Joshua Benton | Clipfile". Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  11. ^ "UIL announces numbers for new Class 6A". statesman. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  12. ^ "Nehemiah Davis". Trinity Football. Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Brian Watts - Official Profile". PGATour. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  14. ^ "City of Cedar Park, Texas : Place 2 Corbin Van Arsdale". Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  15. ^ "Courtney Okolo". Team USA. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 

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