Sunset High School

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Anthony Tovar, Former Sunset High School Principal, Finally Says What Made Him Quit

    When a choked-up Anthony Tovar announced to a gathering of parents and supporters in April that he would resign as principal of Sunset High School -- for real this time -- he wouldn't delve too deeply into why. He'd already done so in an earlier conversation with the Observer back before he rescind ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Dallas ISD Trustees Voted to Fire Two Principals and Hundreds of Teachers Tonight

    In a key win for the district's embattled administration, Dallas Independent School District trustees voted tonight to fire two principals and as many as 400 teachers, over the often heated objections of employees and activists. It was the culmination of months of debate and protests over Superinte ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Why is Sunset High School Principal Anthony Tovar Leaving?

    What's happened at Sunset High School over the last seven years has been, if not quite a miracle, than at least proof that a struggling inner city school with a highly impoverished, almost entirely minority student body can be turned around. Dropout rates have gone down, graduation rates up. More st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    The Odd Country Fair Brings Snow Cones and a Drum Line to Bishop Arts Tomorrow

    Oddfellows restaurant and Dallas Odd Fellows Lodge #44 are hosting an Odd County Fair on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at 7th and Madison streets in the Bishop Arts District. The aim of the fair is to raise money for the Sunset High School marching band to make the trip to national band competition i ... More >>

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    January 29, 2011

    Yvonne Craig on Long, Strange Journey From Oak Cliff to the Ballet Russe to the Batcave

    ​Should you need me 'round 3 today I'll be moderating a Q&A at the Plano Centre with Nichelle Nichols, former singer with the Duke Ellington Band, star of the James Baldwin play Blues for Mister Charlie and -- oh, right -- Star Trek's original Lt. Uhura. Nichols is here for that Sci-Fi Expo ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dr. Strangelove Screening at Texas Theatre

    Damn it. I'd been meaning to mention this all day, and now the day done got away from me. But there's still time --  close to two hours till the Texas Theatre screens Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It's easily my favorite film written by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Teaching DISD Students About Money -- How to Keep It, and How to Make It

    ​Over the weekend, New York Times personal finance writer Tara Siegel Bernard visited with Sunset High School's Mathew Frost, an 11th and 12th grade American history and economics teacher giving his students a real-world look at how to balance the books. In other words, he's teaching to the actual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Cool Runnings: Today, the Best Sledding In Town Took Place at Stevens Park Golf Club

    Photos by Patrick Michels​Blanketed by a fresh coat of snow, the hole three hilltop at Stevens Park loomed like an Oak Cliff Matterhorn this morning, and for the lucky ones in the neighborhood with nowhere else to be, it was home to the sweetest sledding in town.A few kids got to show off how thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    And Now, For Some Good DISD News ...

    Thomas Jefferson High School, which, ahem, some of us have always recognized as one of DISD's finest learning establishmentsBased on preliminary calculations and TAKS results, a record number of Dallas Independent School District campuses are poised to be classified as "recognized" or "exemplary" b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    The Long Arm of the Law: Constable Jaime Cortes Talks Cesar Chavez

    Constable Jaime Cortes Twice in the comments affixed to Sam's Ross Avenue item from yesterday, folks mention that a constable was spotted along Ross trying to gather signatures for the Cesar Chavez Task Force. But even before we posted the item, on Wednesday morning a Friend of Unfair Park mentioned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2008

    We're So High on Videos Right Now

    A couple of videos for your eyes this a.m.: The R-rated red-banded trailer for the out-in-August Pineapple Express is online now -- and the stoner comedy-thriller gets a mention because it's directed by local-boy-done good David Gordon Green, whose other 2008 release, the more indie-fied Snow Angels ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2007

    Mood Swings

    The Rangers' hitting coach is remarkable, resilient and really good at his job

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    March 14, 2002

    Bail Me

    In just a few years, David Wells has eaten a big slice of Dallas' bail-bond business. His secret? It depends on whom you ask.

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    June 28, 2001


    For the Birds, Pure Outrage, Trinity's Good Deeds

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    May 24, 2001

    Separate and Unequal

    In a school district that still sees the city in terms of black and white, Hispanics say their children are robbed of a fair share

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    June 1, 2000

    The kids aren't all right

    The Americanized culture of undocumented immigrants finds the doors to higher education closed

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    April 6, 2000

    Lost and found

    Poor, brown, and inner-city. These Adamson High School kids weren't supposed to make it. They did anyway.

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    January 28, 1999

    Odd Man Out

    Dallas-raised Terry Southern wrote Easy Rider, hung with the Beatles, and influenced a generation. But he died penniless, and now his son must pay off Terry's debts--and restore his father's legacy.

  • News

    May 1, 1997

    The lies that BIND

    A Dallas jury is forced to sift through the wreckage of a family destroyed by the infamous Norplant rape case

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    January 4, 1996
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    December 7, 1995

    School for Scandal

    Principal Mike Stiles was turning Dallas' troubled Sunset High around - until a critical misjudgement threw him into a political snakepit

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    March 2, 1995
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    February 23, 1995
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    February 16, 1995