Woodrow Wilson High School

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Journey Played the Hits and Some Deep Cuts at Gexa Energy Pavilion

    Journey With Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Sunday, May 25, 2014 There's something about hearing songs like "Lights," "Only the Young" and "Don't Stop Believin'" that never truly gets old, no matter how many times you hear them or how old you are. The audience at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Woodrow Wilson's Search for a New Logo is Over

    Last year, Dallas' Woodrow Wilson High School received a cease-and-desist letter from the University of Arizona declaring that the school was infringing on its trademarked wildcat logo. The university agreed, reluctantly, to let Woodrow keep the big tile mosaic on the high school's floor, but all ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    With Preston Hollow Elementary Losing More Rich Kids, Dallas ISD Eyes an IB Program

    Preston Hollow Elementary is losing the battle to woo the middle- and upper-class families who live nearby. It's not unique in this regard. Sanger Elementary, you'll recall, was spurned by the coveted high-level-city-bureaucrat demographic, and other grade schools in Dallas' well-heeled 'hoods draw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The University of Arizona Is Forcing Woodrow Wilson to Abandon Decades-Old Wildcat Logo

    In 1991, Woodrow Wilson High School installed a new floor in the main hallway. At the center, they put a tile mosaic of a stylized wildcat head based on a design that had been used around the school for a decade. Twenty-one years later, Principal Kyle Rains Richardson received a letter from James D. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Inside the Massive Musical Operation of Fellowship Church

    Dallas is home to one of the richest religious music scenes in the country. Over the summer, we'll be attending services, both big and small, of many denominations, as well talking to musicians, directors and pastors. Inside and outside, Downtown Dallas' Fellowship Church campus is very modern. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Dallas ISD Trustee Mike Morath Delivered the Greatest Commencement Speech Ever at Woodrow Wilson

    Update at 2:57: Dallas ISD spokesman Jon Dahlander wrote to clarify that Morath was not actually delivering a commencement address. (For that, you can watch the entire ceremony here.) "All elected trustees are asked to participate in graduation ceremonies for schools in their elected districts," he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Per State's Latest List, Students at 43 Dallas ISD Campuses Can Transfer Elsewhere

    ​I see here that on Thursday the Texas Education Agency quietly sent to superintendents its list of Public Education Grant-designated schools -- otherwise known as the lowest of the low-performing campuses in the state. Forty-three Dallas ISD campuses make the list, from A. Maceo Smith to Woodrow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    News and Notes: [Daryl] Reunites, ZZ Top Gets Covered, Badu Gives Birth (Kinda) and More!

    That two-year-old listening to KKDA-104.5 FM K104 in Dallas (local tie!) in the clip above is cooler than all of us. But we've got some cool news to share about some artists with local ties -- among them Erykah Badu, ZZ Top, Kelly Clarkson, [Daryl], Teenage Cool Kids and Big hud -- so that's a start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Peppermint

    Jerry Haynes in the 1944 Woodrow Wilson High School yearbook​I last spoke with Jerry Haynes a few weeks ago. He wasn't feeling well -- he'd been diagnosed with Parkinson's a while back and had moved to Longview -- but said he was in good spirits. We didn't talk long; he said he'd call back later, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett Join Impressive Bill for Central Texas Fire Benefit

    ​Just got off the phone with Will Johnson a few minutes ago for an upcoming story related to the upcoming, pretty epic-looking Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase. He's a good dude -- you may recall his, Centro-matic and South San Gabriel's efforts a few weeks back to do what they could to help ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2011
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    December 22, 2010

    Some People Call Steve Miller A Space Cowboy, Others A Rock Blues Album of the Year Nominee

    ​Back in June, Steve Miller and his Band released a new album called Bingo!, it's first studio release since 1993's Wide River, believe it or not. Of course, it didn't exactly feature new material -- instead, it featured cover songs from artists such as B.B. King, Lowell Fulson and Jimmy Reed. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Woodrow Wilson English Teacher Charged With Possessing Child Porn Pleads Guilty

    ​Back in June, the U.S. Attorney's Office sent word: Jon Leslie Lyons, a 44-year-old who'd been teaching English at Woodrow Wilson High School for three years, had been arrested and charged with keeping child pornography, some involving children under the age of 5, on his home computer and iPhone. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    From an Old Trove of Recipes,
    Cottoning To a Tasty Oil

    Photos by Elaine LinerBooklets like these from American food and appliance manufacturers were favorites among young "homemakers" in the first half of the 20th century.​My mom saves everything. When I helped her move last month, I begged her to jettison the trunks and boxes and tubs of old pape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Woodrow Wilson English Teacher Arrested, Charged For Possessing Child Pornography

    ​The U.S. Attorney's Office just sent word that 44-year-old Jon Leslie Lyons, who has been teaching English at Woodrow Wilson High School for three years, was arrested and charged yesterday with possessing child pornography, some involving children under the age of 5. According to an affidavit fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Well, East Dallas Certainly Makes For a Good TV-Show Setting, At the Very Least

    Patrick Michels​Last Friday, it was Jerry Bruckheimer's The Chase shooting in and around Woodrow Wilson High School. This Friday, it's Marc Webb's Midland -- the FOX pilot starring Adrianne Palicki (as the wife of a double-life-leading husband) and Jon Voight (as her everything's-bigger-in-Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    East Side Homeboy Who Shot at Cops Near Woodrow Is Found Guilty by Federal Jury

    ​When the shooting occurred in June, it merited but a few paragraphs in a crime brief headlined, "19-year-old fires on gang officers, Dallas police say." Today, though, the U.S. Attorney sends word that a federal jury found Rene Salazar, a member of the East Side Homeboys, guilty of two counts of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Super Bowl XLV: Century in the Making

    ​In Texas, the old saying goes, there exist only two sports: Football. And spring football. God, after all, decreed Texas Stadium have a hole in its roof so he could look down upon his favorite team. Right? From the old wooden Fair Park Bowl through the Cotton Bowl, Texas Stadium and now the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    A (Football) Great Day at Woodrow. And, 250 Memorable Moments to Vote On Later.

    Photos by Patrick MichelsJoe Greene, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Roger Staubach -- but a handful of local football greats on the Woodrow stage this afternoon.​As promised, there they were this afternoon, seated on leather chairs perched upon the Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium stage: Roge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    ESPN's Heartbreaking Piece About Woodrow Wilson's Sergio Kindle and the Winters

    Sergio Kindle with Jan and Willis Winters​On Monday, we directed your attention to The Times's tale of Sergio Kindle, the Woodrow Wilson High School grad one day away from playing in The Only College Football Game That Matters. A fellow Woodrow grad and good Friend of Unfair Park also directs our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Super Bowl XLV to Bring Quite the Collection of Gridiron Greats to Woodrow Next Week

    ​Tony Fay started working for the Dallas Mavericks in 1987 as the media relations intern; by the time he left in '99, he was director of communications -- which was no easy feat back then, given that was six months before Mark Cuban bought the then-struggling franchise just off a lockout season. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    A Very Brief History of the DISD, Ca. 1966

    ​Whilst doing some research for something that may not lead to anything, I've been reading Walter J. E. Schiebel's Education in Dallas: Ninety-two years of History 1874-1966, published by the Dallas Independent School District. So this isn't entirely an exercise in futility, I thought I'd share so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    MartyB Can't Even Get a Second Grader to Throw Him the Ball, But Mayor Tom Will!

    Photos by Sam MertenEight-year-old Kendall Tubbs, a second grader who's had type 1 diabetes since she was 3 years old, managed to upstage appearances by Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus "MartyB" Bennett and former Heisman Trophy winner and Woodrow Wilson High School grad Tim Brown at this morning' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Vote Early, Vote Often for "We Are Woodrow"

    ​A Friend of Unfair Park with deep DISD roots forwards along the link to the We are Teachers Web site, where Woodrow Wilson High School's Michael Moran is among dozens of teachers from around the country competing for a Digital Learning Microgrant. And micro it is: $200 and a Flip Video camera, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Riding Somewhere South of Heaven, Heading Back to the Newly Opened Santa Fe Trail

    Alexa SchirtzingerWhere the Santa Fe Trail ends ... at Hill AvenueThis weekend marked a quiet little victory for East Dallas: the opening of a section of raised street crossings on the Santa Fe Trail, from South Carroll Avenue southwest to Hill Avenue, which means cyclists can now ride from Woodrow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Starring Carroll Shelby and Tim Brown, the Woodrow Wilson 80th Anniversary DVD

    A Friend of Unfair Park who attended Woodrow Wilson High School way back when sends word that the school's 80th anniversary celebration, which we chronicled at the end of April, is now a DVD two-fer selling here for the low, low price of $25. Far as my Hillcrest High School-graduating father's conce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    DISD Lawyer Says There Are No Waivers For Magnets. But, You See, He's Wrong.

    Woodrow Wilson High SchoolAt about 5:50 pm today, I received a call from a Fort Worth attorney, Ben Barlow, representing the Dallas Independent School District on the magnet school and learning center issue. He informed me that my piece posted to Unfair Park on Friday night was dead wrong and that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Courting Disapproval? DISD Board to Meet With Attorney to Discuss Texas AG's Opinion.

    Woodrow Wilson High SchoolLast week, the Texas Attorney General's Office offered its opinion that the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees "was not authorized to change the length of its members' terms of office" from three to four years last November. Which has prompted a called b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2009

    On its 80th Birthday, Woodrow Proves You Can't Keep a Vintage Shelby Out of the Lead

    See our slideshow for more photos from Woodrow's 80th.Out in front of Woodrow Wilson High School Saturday morning, Tom Hopkins sat on the back of his '57 Corvette, watching the parade roll in. The 1968 graduate had the look of someone well trained in the art of leaning on his car, quietly judging an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Rocky's Road Back to Woodrow

    As we mentioned yesterday, Dallas-born blues guitar great Rocky Hill will be buried today in Hopkins County, with a funeral beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a graveside service. Soon as we noted his death on Friday at the age of 62, Friend of Unfair Park LakeWWWooder sent us this photo of Hill at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Dude Food: Burger House

    Burger House 6248 East Mockingbird Lane214-828-2732Dude Factor: 8, or Seth Green, on a scale of 1 (Dustin Diamond) to 10 (Seann William Scott) I recently realized that I'm rapidly approaching the occasion of my ten year high school reunion. So it seemed appropriate to venture into my deep, dark, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Before Chesley Sullenberger, There Was Woodrow Wilson High School Grad Al Haynes

    A Friend of Unfair Park mighty proud of his Woodrow Wilson High School roots sends word that last night's Nightline featured two Texas-born aviation heroes: Denison's Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, but of course, and Dallas native and Woodrow grad Al Haynes. Haynes is an "aviation legend" who was amo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    At 94, Trammell Crow Has Died

    Anne Raymond at Crow Holdings tells Unfair Park this morning that Trammell Crow died last night in his sleep at the age of 94. She says the real estate developer -- a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School who wound up owning and developing much of his native Dallas -- had not been ill and that he " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    The Story of Shepherd Road

    View Larger MapI was at City Hall this afternoon, where I ran into City Plan Commission Neil Emmons, who reminded me, yet again, that there is no such thing as a slam dunk at City Hall. As it happens, that small street name-change I mentioned this morning -- turning Shepherd Road into Robert E. Pric ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2008
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    October 16, 2008

    Turns Out, Buying a Scapegoat Is Much Cheaper Than You'd Think

    The Dallas Morning News' DISD Blog has the severance agreement governing the departure of former Dallas Independent School Distirct chief operating officer Eric Anderson. The surprise for me was that Anderson accepted so little, a mere 15 grand, for taking such a terrible licking. Anderson agreed n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    DISD's Shell Game

    Dallas Independent School District board trustee Ron Price Kent Fischer has a very important story in today’s Dallas Morning News -- shoulda been on Page One -- revealing that the center has been blown out of the Dallas Independent School District’s whole strategy for recovering from its financi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    I Bought Mr. Peppermint's Yearbook

    The star of the June 1944 Woodrow Wilson Senior Class production of And Came the Spring, in which he played Jeffrey Hartman If you know Nicky de Larios -- Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of '44 -- please let the former cheerleader know I have her yearbook. Seems to be my new hobby: Yet again, over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    The Best Part Is, You Do Care

    Texas Association of School Boards I wish Wilonsky would take the amazingly long list of comments on my recent Woodrow Wilson High School item, bind them in pigskin and publish them as an anthology. Taken together, the whole package is a fascinating specimen of blogography. The original item was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008
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    March 3, 2008

    Apparently, Some People Still Need to Be Sold on Diversity

    Woodrow Wilson High School Oh, man, now I know I’ve taken a dive off the wrong end. Rod Dreher is quoting me in support of his own point of view. Over on the editorialistas' blog at The Dallas Morning News, Dreher's writing about the “Choose Woodrow” editorial in today’s paper, which urge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2007

    Where There's a Will, There's a Way to Scare Your Old Man Half to Death

    Well, now I feel stupid, because this sounds like I’m bragging about my kid, which really would be stupid at this point. I only wrote the item yesterday saying he was going to run with the bulls at Pamplona because I couldn’t make myself stop worrying about it. Anyway, he did it, and he’s O.K. ... More >>

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    April 27, 2007
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    November 27, 2006

    News Hard on Preston Hollow. Finally.

    A federal judge recently found the principal of a North Dallas elementary school guilty of 1940s-style racial and ethnic segregation. In a civil suit, Judge Sam Lindsay ruled that Preston Hollow Principal Teresa Parker had systematically herded black and Latino kids into segregated classrooms to app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2006

    Leaving Beirut

    I was watching CNN this morning and spotted my son's Woodrow Wilson High School classmate and fellow alum, George Hale, being evacuated from Beirut. Called the Hale house, and George's mom, Clare, told me the kid will be on with Larry King tonight. George's father, Harlin D. (better known in Lakewoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2006

    The Price is Wrong

    According to local fact-checker and hellraiser Allen Gwinn, WFAA-Channel 8 will air a piece tonight at 1o that doesn't make Dallas school board trustee Ron Price too happy. It has to do with Price's May 2005 speech to the 245 graduates of Woodrow Wilson High School, in which Price claims, among othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2006

    Jock Strapped

    On a clear, blue Thursday morning--which is to say, today--Dallas City Council member Gary Griffith announced his candidacy for mayor on the stone steps of Woodrow Wilson High School, where he was a student some 40 years ago. As he stood atop the podium, a life-sized poster of him as a teenage footb ... More >>

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    The End of Youth

    Kids at a Dallas high school talk about their war

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    August 15, 1996

    Setting sail once more

    Shakespeare's again at the helm of the Ship of Vibes

  • Culture

    September 21, 1995

    Big men, big houses

    For one sports star, home is where the bowling alley is

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