Who is Dallas ISD’s greatest athlete of all time?

Jerry Rhome, back, poses at Sunset High School with former Sunset quarterback Glenn Brooks, class of 1937, and players Michael Granado and Raymundo Garcia in 2010. Photo by Jordan Kokel

The district has produced so much athletic talent that next year it will induct 10 athletes into the inaugural class of the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame.

Among them are 1960 Sunset High School graduate Jerry Rhome, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame and played quarterback for eight years in the NFL.

Also on the inaugural list is Chryste Gaines, a 1988 South Oak Cliff High School grad who won track and field Olympic medals in the 100-meters relay.

Fran Harris, SOC class of ’84, led the Unitversity of Texas at Austin women’s basketball team to a perfect season and their first championship in 1986. She also played in the inaugural season of the WNBA at age 32.

Legendary Carter High School football coach Freddie James is the only one of the inaugural class who wasn’t a student. He coached the Carter Cowboys from 1982-1995, including the infamous 1988 championship team, and retired with a record of 123-22-3.

Here is the full list of the inaugural class:

Ernie Banks; Booker T. Washington High School (‘50); baseball
Tim Brown; Woodrow Wilson High School (‘84), football
Michael Carter; Thomas Jefferson High School (‘79); football
Chryste Gaines Courtney; South Oak Cliff High School (‘88); track and field
Fran Harris, South Oak Cliff High School (‘84); basketball
Freddie James; David W. Carter High School, head football coach
Larry Johnson; Skyline High School (‘87); basketball
Davey O’Brien; Woodrow Wilson High School (‘35); football
Jerry Rhome; Sunset High School (‘60); football
Dave Stallworth; James Madison High School (‘61); basketball

An induction ceremony will take place at the Ellis Davis Field House at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4.

By |2018-03-27T21:03:26-05:00December 19th, 2017|News|3 Comments

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  1. WWW MOM January 13, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    Tim Brown also played basketball and other sports (and was in the Wildcat Band) but I’d have to go with Woodrow’s Davey O’Brien because he was a little guy (5’7″ 135 lbs.) who did the improbable, if not impossible.

  2. Bill Melton December 27, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    In my opinion, Michael Carter is the winner! Kudos to my friend Jerry Rhome, but Michael won a Olympic Silver Medal in the shot put and held the Narional High School Shot Put Record for many years. He was also NCAA Champion in the Event. Michael is also a several time Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers and All American at SMU. And we must mention that his daughter Michelle won the 2016 Gold Medal in the Women’s Shot Put, first
    ever my an American Woman.

    Outstanding List, but I regret that it did not include Sunset’s Jerry Mays,
    Runner Up in the 1957 UIL State Shot Put, star football player at SMU, Member of the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I and a Member of the Super Bowl
    IV Championship Team. He was selected to the All AFL Team.

    Good luck Michael!

  3. Michael Wallace December 20, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    While Michael Carter, of Sarah Zumwalt and TJ, is listed as ‘football’, please note that he was on the SuperBowl San Francisco Super Bowl champions and a medalist in the shot putt in the 1984 Olympics. Two sports should qualify a fella for outstanding athlete, don’t you think? Still resides south of the Trinity.

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