W. T. White High School
|W. T. White High School|
|4505 Ridgeside Drive
Dallas, Texas 75244
|Motto||W.T. White....Where our future begins|
|School district||Dallas Independent School District|
|Principal||Elena Bates |
|Number of students||2,253|
|Color(s)||Burnt orange and White
|Trustee dist.||1, Elizabeth Jones |
|Learning Community||Schools Division 2-W.T. White High School Feeder Pattern, Anita Hardwick, Executive Director |
The school, named in honor of the Dallas school superintendent who served from 1946 to 1968, is located in North Dallas about a mile southwest of the Interstate 635 (LBJ Freeway) and Dallas North Tollway intersection. Parts of North Dallas are zoned to W. T. White, as well as sections of Addison, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch.
The school was established in 1964 and named for the superintendent then in office, Dr. Warren Travis White. The current principal is Michelle Thompson. W.T. White has a couple career oriented academies, such as the Academy of Engineering, which is run by teachers Nick Hademenos and Pat Henderson. Students in the Academy are able to utilize state of the art technology such as a laser engraver and 3D printer to create work.
The original school building was designed for 1,600 students. By 2015 W.T. White had over 2,300 students, which meant that the school was at 160% of its capacity. The campus had portable buildings installed to handle excess students. In 2015 the DISD board approved a $21 million renovation and expansion of the campus as part of a school improvement program worth almost $130 million; the renovation will add 39,045 square feet (3,627.4 m2) of space. WRA Architects is in charge of the project and a graduate of W.T. White is the head architect. The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017.
W. T. White historically had a school rivalry with Thomas Jefferson High School. David Seeley, a senior editor of the Dallas Observer, wrote in Texas Monthly that the rivalry was "at its peak" in the mid-1970s with fistfights occurring regularly at Loos Field during the homecoming games where Thomas Jefferson was playing against W.T. White; Jefferson students perceived W.T. White students as snobby while W.T. White students perceived Jefferson students as low class. By 1982 the schools no longer competed at homecoming games and they had been placed in separate athletic districts. This rivalry, however, continued into the 2010s. A 2014 vandalism incident at W.T. White involved the words "TJ" being spraypainted, but the administration of W.T. White expressed a belief that the vandals were W.T. White students.
According to Seeley, as of 1982, students from both schools frequently socialized with other high school students along Forest Lane on Fridays, and W.T. White and Thomas Jefferson had the largest numbers of students there. High school students "cruised" along Forest Lane beginning in the early 1960s.
In 2009, the state classified almost half of White'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. Holly K. Hacker of The Dallas Morning News said that the rate "is higher than expected for the school where about two-thirds of students are poor or at risk of dropping out."
In 1981 82.87% of the student body consisted of Anglo Whites.
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Communities served as of 1967 include:
Communities served as of 1969 include:
- Willow Park Square (Dallas)
The W.T. White Longhorns compete in the following sports:
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
1971 11-4A, 1974 11-4A, 1976 11-4A, 1977 11-4A, 1978 11-4A, 1979 11-4A, 1990 11-4A, 1994 12-4A
- Jean Barrett (1968) — former NFL offensive lineman 1973-1980, San Francisco 49ers
- Trey Beamon (1992) — former Major League Baseball outfielder 1996-98, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers
- David Beecroft (1974) — television actor (Falcon Crest, Melrose Place, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)
- Vice Admiral John G. Cotton (1969) — former chief of United States Navy Reserve
- Bryan Holaday (2006) — Major League Baseball catcher for Detroit Tigers
- Karen Hughes (1974) — U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
- Gary Jacobs (1970) — executive producer and head writer of hit TV series Empty Nest; creator of Woops! and All-American Girl; writer on Newhart
- Calvin Murray (1989) — former Major League Baseball outfielder 1999-2004, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs
- Ramón Núñez (2003) — English Football League Championship midfielder for Leeds United; Honduras national team 2007–present
- Johnny Simmons (2005) — actor, Dylan Baxter in Evan Almighty (2007), Young Spirit in The Spirit (2008), Dave in Hotel for Dogs (2009), Chip in Jennifer's Body (2009), Young Neil in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
- Jason Smith (2004) — offensive tackle for St. Louis Rams, second overall selection of 2009 NFL Draft
- Scott Verplank (1982) — professional golfer
- Terrance Williams (2008) — wide receiver for Dallas Cowboys
- Rebecca Ann Reid (1977) — Miss Teenage America 1977
- Glenn Box (1977) — former Dallas City Council member
- Dallas ISD - W. T. White High School. Retrieved on 24 April 2007.
- Texas Education Agency - School Directory Archived April 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. - type in school number "057905021" and select "view report." Retrieved on 24 April 2007.
- Dallas ISD - Schools by Trustee Archived October 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. (PDF). Retrieved on 24 April 2007.
- Dallas ISD - Schools by Area Archived March 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. (PDF). Retrieved on 24 April 2007.
- "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
- Kantrowitz, Barbara; Julie Scelfo; William Lee Adams (2006-05-23). "The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools". Newsweek. p. 2. Archived from the original on 2007-04-23. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
- "DISD Gives Unanimous Approval For $130 Million Improvement Plan." CBS 11. March 27, 2015. Retrieved on June 9, 2016.
- Wilonsky, Robert. "A video sneak peeks DISD’s new and improved — and very expanded — W.T. White High School." The Dallas Morning News. November 24, 2015. Retrieved on June 9, 2016.
- Seeley, David. "Dear Parents of Dallas: Your teenagers Are out Hot-Rodding, Drinking Beer, and Flirting on Forest Lane Every Friday Night!" Texas Monthly. Emmis Communications, January 1982. Volume 10, No. 1. ISSN 0148-7736. START: p. 108. CITED: p. 164.
- Wilonsky, Robert. "Principal: W.T. White students likely vandalized their own high school over the holiday weekend." The Dallas Morning News. December 1, 2014. Retrieved on June 9, 2016.
- Seeley, David. "Dear Parents of Dallas: Your teenagers Are out Hot-Rodding, Drinking Beer, and Flirting on Forest Lane Every Friday Night!" Texas Monthly. Emmis Communications, January 1982. Volume 10, No. 1. ISSN 0148-7736. START: p. 108. CITED: p. 110.
- Hacker, Holly K. "Analysis shows true Texas high school performance, stripping away socioeconomic factors." The Dallas Morning News. September 3, 2011. Retrieved on February 10, 2012.
- "Eddie Mitchell Tasby, et al., Plaintiffs-appellees, and Dallas Metropolitan Branches of the Naacp, et al., intervening Plaintiffs-appellees, v. Linus Wright, General Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District, et al., Defendants-appellants, and Donald E. Curry, et al., Intervening Defendants-appellants, 713 F.2d 90 (5th Cir. 1983)." U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 713 F.2d 90 (5th Cir. 1983). August 11, 1983. Posted at Justia. Retrieved on June 9, 2016.
- Jacobs, Mary. "Preston Hollow adding Bushes to list of high-profile residents." The Dallas Morning News. January 7, 2009. Retrieved on October 12, 2011. "Today, real estate agents count the area bordered by Midway and Hillcrest roads, Royal Lane and Northwest Highway as Preston Hollow."
- "2015-16 W. T. White High Attendance Zone Grades 9-12." Dallas Independent School District. Retrieved on June 9, 2016.
- "Demographic Studies." Dallas Independent School District. Retrieved on June 8, 2016. Includes a map of cities within the DISD boundary. Use this map to check against the WT White attendance zone.
- "Crestpark Club Estates is Ideally Located." The Dallas Morning News. July 1, 1967. p. 4. Available from NewsBank, accessible with a Houston Public Library library card.
- "Choice Residential Area Builder's Ex-Playground." The Dallas Morning News. September 28, 1969. p. 1. Available from NewsBank, accessible with a Houston Public Library library card.
- The Athletics Department
- "My High School: W. T. White HS famous alumni," The Dallas Morning News sports section online.
- Gretel C. Kovach. "Q&A with Vice Adm. John G. Cotton - 'My friends were murdered. So I'm doing it for them.' - Former American Airlines pilot sets out to make the Navy 'one team'," The Dallas Morning News, September 26, 2004, Sunday Reader section, page 6H.
- Ken Stephens. "Baseball's lack of blacks: faster sports, inner-city troubles steer them away from game," The Dallas Morning News, May 28, 1989, Sports Day section, page 1B: "Calvin Murray has every skill a major league scout could want in a baseball player -- able to hit, hit with power, run, throw and field. At the very least, Murray, a senior at Dallas' W.T. White High School, will attend the University of Texas next fall on a baseball scholarship. But Murray, ranked the nation's No. 7 prospect by Baseball America, likely will be a high pick in the major league draft June 5 and might opt to sign a professional contract."
- W. T. White High School website
- W. T. White High School website (Archive)
- W. T. White PTO website
- "WRA Architects Designed Major Renovations for Dallas ISD W. T. White High School ." WRA Architects. November 23, 2015.