Woodrow Wilson

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    September 17, 2014

    How Fried Jesus Abel Gonzales Jr. Got Snubbed in the State Fair's Fried-Food Contest (Q&A)

    If The State Fair of Texas is Fried Christmas, Abel Gonzales Jr. is its Fried Jesus. The first year of the Big Tex Choice Awards, he won with Fried Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich. The second year, he won with Fried Coke. Third year: Fried Cookie Dough was his winner. The fifth year he competed, he w ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014
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    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 >>

  • News

    May 23, 2013

    Mike Miles versus The World

    In Dallas ISD, a fight over principals, race and a slice of the pie.

  • News

    April 11, 2013

    DISD Trustees Are Ready to Fight for Principals

    Too bad they won’t do that for the students

  • News

    January 17, 2013

    Score One for Mike Miles

    DISD's new super claimed he was targeted by a board witch hunt. He's right.

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    The Favorite Foods of All 44 Presidents

    ​After an exhaustive search of public records and historical documents at the Library of Congress (read: drunken Google search), we are ready to honor President's Day with a comprehensive list of the foods enjoyed by our fearless leaders of the past. Throughout this process one question continued ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Barack Obama and Our Most Athletic Presidents

    ​Wasn't exactly Cortland Finnegan vs. Andre Johnson, but The Prez got into a scuffle last Friday. On the basketball court. With an elbow. Barack Obama received 12 stitches to a cut on his lower lip after an errant elbow during a pick-up game by Rey Decerega, the Director of Programs for ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    November 11, 2010

    Veterans Day, Meet Texas High School Football Veterans Week

    ​On Veterans Day we stop -- if only for a minute -- to thank all those who have served in our military and fought to provide us the freedom to do things like vote, drink beer, sleep in if we want and, of course, blog insanely and/or sharply and anonymously criticize those who blog.. ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    August 6, 2010

    Days After Cheering TEA Ratings, DISD Misses Feds' Adequate Yearly Progress Standards

    ​One week ago today the Texas Education Agency sent word: With significant help from the state, the Dallas Independent School District racked up 63 exemplary schools, while several high schools long on the academically unacceptable list finally get a reprieve. Not all was well, as dropout and comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Newsweek's Wild About Woodrow. And DISD Still Has the Nation's Top High School.

    ​The latest Newsweek ranking of Best High Schools in the U.S. of A. is out, and, yet again, The School for the Talented and Gifted at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center is at the very tippy-top. And it's joined by eight other Dallas schools -- though one's Highland Park, and the other's La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Burton Gilliam, A Proud Woodrow Wildcat

    ​Friend of Unfair Park Kyle Rains was kind enough to send us this photo he took of the great Burton Gilliam last night at the Woodrow Wilson High School Senior Dinner, which was held at the Lakewood Theater. The co-star of, among others, Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future III, Paper Moon and Flet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    If Dallas Is Starting to Feel Like One Big TV-Show Set, There's a Good Reason

    Woodrow principal Ruth Allen Vail and Jesse Metcalfe​Today's the day FOX's Midland starts shooting in and around Dallas, with (500) Days of Summer's Marc Webb directing, Up in the Air and Juno's Eric Steelberg shooting, Jon Voight and David Keith co-starring and In Good Company's Paul Weitz exec p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Not That You're Interested, But They're Shooting a Big Ol' TV Pilot By Woodrow

    One of these people is Jesse Metcalfe. One is not.​A good Friend of Unfair Park wonders:My daughter just texted me. She said they're filming something at Woodrow Wilson today, and she got an actor named Jesse Metcalfe to take a picture with her. You're the Movie Man ... what's going on up there? A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Great Sergios Throughout History: Mendes, Leone and, Now, UT's Kindle

    Sergio Kindle​TCU-Boise State -- so far, quite the sloppy, defensive time-kill till Thursday night's Big Game. Speaking of which, here's a warm-up from tomorrow's New York Times: a profile of University of Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle, who grew up in South Oak Cliff and shoulda gone to SOC but i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    While Glee's Off For Two Weeks, a True-Life, Tigertoned Alternative at Woodrow Wilson

    ​Here's proof, as if we needed it, that Woodrow Wilosn is the one high school in Dallas capable of producing high-achieving graduates not afraid to appear in international situations wearing odd pants. We offer this photo of Woodrow Wilson High School Over-and-Over Achiever Thomas Simpson and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    If You're President of an Active DISD High School Alumni Group, a Moment of Your Time

    About a year ago, Rich Williams became president of the Thomas Jefferson High School Alumni Association, at which time he tried to corral his counterparts 'round town for a little brainstorming session. The reason being, Williams says, the TJ group had started strong some five years back but began t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    ZZ Top's Got Some Stories To Tell. On VH1, No Less.

    Late in March, the Dallas natives (what up, Woodrow Wilson?) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers in ZZ Top went up to Chicago and taped an episode of VH1's Storytellers to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary. Later this month, on Saturday, June 27, at 9 p.m., the channel will premiere the show. In th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Teacher-Turned-Author Questions How Dallas Landed Two Schools at Top of Newsweek List

    Newsweek has yet again released its list of the top 1,500 public high schools in the U.S. -- and Dallas, with six on the list, has dropped one from the '08 scorecard: poor ol' Hillcrest High School, which last year came in at No. 547, dang. The School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    This Weekend, Carroll Shelby Returns to Rev Up Woodrow Wilson's 80th Birthday

    More than a few Woodrow Wilson High School Wildcats have sent reminders in recent days that Saturday marks the landmark's 80th birthday: The day starts with a 10 a.m. parade from the Lakewood Shopping Plaza to the city-designated landmark and ends with a battle-of-the-bands shindig at Eddie Dean's. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    American Blues: Dallas-Born Rocky Hill, Dusty's Older Brother, Died on Friday

    A longtime music publicist pal sends the sad news: Dallas-born Rocky Hill -- Dusty's big brother and one hellacious blues guitarist forever proud of his self-proclaimed rep as "The Anti-Clapton" -- died on Friday, with few details other than that available at present. All I've found online is his ob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    American Blues: Dallas-Born Rocky Hill, Dusty's Older Brother, Died on Friday

    Rocky HillA longtime music publicist pal sends the sad news: Dallas-born Rocky Hill -- Dusty's big brother and one hellacious blues guitarist forever proud of his self-proclaimed rep as "The Anti-Clapton" -- died on Friday, with few details other than that available at present. All I've found onlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    The Top 10 Most Athletic Presidents in U.S. History

    A taller, more liberal Avery Johnson? Obama vs. McCain? Let’s see, McCain is a Phoenix Suns fan who played junior varsity football in high school and boxed in the Navy. Eh. Obama is a White Sox fan who threw out the first pitch in Chicago before Game 2 of the ’05 ALCS. He led Occiden ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2008

    DISD In the Hole

    Teachers get axed and parents fret as Dallas' school leaders scramble to cover a budget hole

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    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

    May 30, 2008

    Do You Wanna Go Shout "Hi!" to Woodrow Grad Steve Miller For Free?

    Just two guitarslingers from Dallas way: Jimmie Vaughan and Steve Miller On Monday on Fong Songs there appeared the damnedest thing I've ever heard: a Steve Miller Band demo titled "Take the Joker and Run," which must be the earliest mash-up in recorded history, as it's more or less the lyrics to "T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    History Lessons: A Sneak Preview of Tonight's Landmark Committee Meeting

    W.H. Adamson High School -- is it a historic landmark? Yeah, probably. Lost amidst all the talk last week concerning the preservation of the Statler Hilton Hotel was mention of tonight's meeting of the Landmark Commission's Designation Committee, which will get take place at City Hall at 5:45 p.m. S ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008

    Go, Longhorns! (W.T. White Longhorns, That Is.)

    Dallas had but four high schools listed among Newsweek's list of the top public high schools in the U.S. and A. in 2003 -- and back then, the highest-rated among the locals was Highland Park High School, which sat at No. 15 on the list, followed by W.T. White (at 290), Lake Highlands (482) and Hillc ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    Pimp C, Free at Last

    Remembering a Down South legend

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Sorry, Rest of Dallas, Your Name is Not on the Guest List

    Mazel tov, Harry Hunsicker, you're one of the 6,400 most powerful people in Dallas! Finishing up some work tonight, and I just checked The Dallas Morning News' site for any late-breaking. Came across tomorrow's no-doubt front-page Dallas Morning News piece about UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dal ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2006

    The Wright Man

    Lawrence Wright returned last night to his hometown, which he wrote about in 1988's In the New World. Last night at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, writer Lawrence Wright made a return to his hometown to take part in the Friends of the Library's "Evening at the Library" fundraiser, during whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2006

    This T.O., We Like

    T.O. Souryal, head doc for the Mavs, has a heart--and a defibrillator, if your heart needs one. Till I read this this morning, I had no idea some 5,000 to 7,000 kids in the U.S. die each year from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year. That sucks. But Dr. T.O. Souryal, a radio talk-show host and the ... More >>

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    March 28, 2006
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    July 28, 2005

    Gypsy Blood

    David Cunniff Lives in Pain. Skinhead Jesse Chaddock lives in a Texas Prison. Who got the raw deal?

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    "Nice Kid, But..."

    To get into the right college, sometimes you have to be better than perfect

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    The End of Youth

    Kids at a Dallas high school talk about their war

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Case Closed

    How Dallas police detective Shari Degan solved the grisly murder that rocked Dallas--in 1913

  • News

    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

  • News

    August 31, 2000


    Inquiring minds; Leave 'em snarling

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    August 3, 2000

    Public defenders

    A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD

  • Music

    December 17, 1998

    Roasting Chesnutt

    No one loves Vic Chesnutt like Vic Chesnutt

  • Music

    December 3, 1998
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    November 26, 1998
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    September 17, 1998
  • Music

    August 13, 1998

    Fake the money and run

    Steve Miller learned everything he knows about music while living in Dallas--but has he forgotten it all?

  • News

    November 23, 1995

    Paint it Black

    Haunted by his mother's suicide, Dallas-born artist barron Storey has won fame drawing the darkness

  • Music

    August 24, 1995

    Trio of one

    Shabazz 3 prepares to take Dallas' best hip-hop above ground

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