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.