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Duncanville High School is a secondary school located in Duncanville, Texas, United States. The school is a part of the Duncanville Independent School District.

The school includes grades 9 through 12. The high school campus is the second-largest in the nation in terms of physical size, and enrolls approximately 5,750 students annually. As of 2008, the school principal is Mike Chrietzberg. The school serves most of the city of Duncanville, the Duncanville ISD portion of DeSoto, and the Duncanville ISD portion of Dallas.

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Extracurricular Activities

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Athletics

The school mascot is the Panther. With the exception of softball, the school has won state titles in every major team sport, including football (1998), boys' basketball (1991, 1999, 2007), girls' basketball (1976, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2003), baseball (1975, 1976, 1990), volleyball (1995), boys' track and field (1999), boys' soccer (1985), girls' soccer (1986, 1989) and marching band (1986, 1990, 2002). Additionally, in May 2005, the school's athletic program was ranked #24 in the nation by Sports Illustrated out of over 38,000 other high schools surveyed in the United States.

The school's most notable success has been in girls' basketball, where it has won six state titles, including three consecutive from 1988-1990 while winning 134 consecutive games (a state record). In 2007, the boys' basketball team won the state title with and undefeated season after a 14-point win over Humble Kingwood.

No UIL Class AAAAA school has ever managed to win championships in all three major boys sports, but Duncanville came the closest during the 1998-1999 school year, winning both the football and basketball titles and losing to Bellaire High School in the baseball championship game.

Music Programs

Marching Band

Duncanville High School's band program is widely known as one of the best high school band programs in the United States. Duncanville is the only 5A school in Texas to be in the state marching finals every year for the past 20 years, and have won a state marching title every decade since the 1980s. Duncanville is also the largest marching band to be crowned State Champions. Duncanville's Wind Ensemble was also featured at the 1994 and 2005 Midwest Conference in Chicago, Illinois, where a new transcription of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem debuted. Duncanville is the only 5A band program in the history of the Texas Music Educators' Association Honor Band competition to win three Honor Band titles and to win back-to-back at the same time as one of its CCC middle schools, Byrd Middle School.

The Duncanville Independent School District is proud to offer one of the most progressive band programs in the United States. The Duncanville High School Marching Band was awarded the "Sudler Shield of Honor" in 1997 as one of the outstanding marching bands in the U.S. The program has also been honored by the "John Philip Sousa Foundation" with the coveted "Sudler Flag of Honor" recognizing Duncanville as a Nationally Exemplary Band Program. Duncanville is one of only a handful of programs worldwide to hold both Sudler Awards for high school band programs.

Wind Ensemble

The Duncanville High School Wind Ensemble has been the Featured Performing Group at the Music Educators National Conference, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Association in Chicago, and the All-Japan Band Directors Conference in Nemu-no-Sato in 1998. The Wind Ensemble has never earned less than a "Superior" rating in either UIL or invitational concert competition.

The Wind Ensemble has been the Region XX "Honor Band" every year since 1980 and has placed in the State Finals of Honor Band competition seven times culminating in their selection as the 1998, 2004, AND 2008 TMEA AAAAA Honor Band. Reed and Byrd Middle Schools have placed in the state finals of Honor Band Competitions a total of 13 times. Reed Middle School was the 2002 CCC TMEA Honor Band and Byrd was the 1982 CCC Honor Band, 2004 CCC Honor Band, AND 2008 CCC Honor Band. Duncanville is one of a very few school districts in Texas of any size in which all competing organizations have been selected as "Honor Band". The Duncanville High School Bands paced the state in gold medals at the Interscholastic League State Competition for 18 years earning the coveted UIL State Sweepstakes Award for Class 5A. The award was discontinued in 1999. Duncanville High School is Texas' only Class 5A Band to earn all three state championships. The Duncanville High School Marching Band has been the UIL state champion in 1986, 1990, and 2002 and is the only 5A band in Texas to advance to the state finals every year since 1988.

Journalism

The school is also known for its journalism program, which publishes the Panther Tale yearbook, Panther Prints newspaper, and the district's public relations publication, Class Magazine. The yearbook and newspaper have won numerous awards, including a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (known as "The Poor Man's Pulitzer") and Gold and Silver Crown awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. For the first time in 2003, Duncanville received a Gold Crown for its newspaper and its yearbook, one of only two high schools in the nation to capture both honors that year.

School dress code

Duncanville ISD has a mandatory school dress code policy at all of its schools since fall 2006. The dress code is whiteand navy blue tops, and black, khaki and navy blue bottoms.

Notable alumni

Other notable alumni include:

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d "The other great places to watch high school hoops." USA Today. February 25, 2004. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Perry Jones HS Bio Page

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