About The History
The school was built in 1965 and is named after David Wendel Carter, a doctor and member of the DISD school board. He served on the school board for 25 years, from 1925 to 1950, longer than any other member. Carter also served as the school board's president for 16 years. When the school opened its doors W.T. White was the Superintendent of Dallas Independent School District. David W Carter High School's first princple was Harold Lightenwald. The school graduated its first class of seniors in 1968. As of 2011, David W Carter High School is currently under the great leadership and visionary of principle Fred Davis III.
The area surrounding Carter was one of the wealthier parts of Oak Cliff; most homes were built in the early 1960s. Although Carter's students were almost completely white when the school opened, the student body became increasingly African-American in the early 1980s. The surrounding neighborhood remains solidly middle-class. The school initially drew students from Justin F. Kimball High School; the two schools maintain a highly competitive rivalry to this day.
The two schools face each other annually in a football game know as “The Oak Cliff Super Bowl”. A writer by the name of Keith Whitmire, wrote that Carter vs. Kimball: Oak Cliff's Super Friday aka the Oak Cliff Super Bowl have been played for many years. The annual Carter-Kimball rivalry game has been called officially the Oak Cliff Super Bowl for at least 33 years from 2013. A quick search found the first reference to the Oak Cliff Super Bowl in a Nov. 9, 1991, story when Carter and Kimball were undefeated and playing for a district title. Its been a battle ever since.
In 2005, after the closure of the Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District. Carter absorbed some WHISD high school students. In 2011 the district re-opened Wilmer Hutchins High School. Some former WHISD zones covered by Carter were rezoned to Wilmer-Hutchins. Dallas Carter is not only know for its power house football program, finalist in the 1995 Texas 5A-State Championships in basketball and four time Texas 5A-State Championships in track, they also had the strongest academic feeder for African Americans in the metroplex.
Things to know:
• The 2013-2014 senior class has nothing less than 90% passing rate on the state exit exam.
• Carter High students have either met or exceeded the standards for the STAAR exam.
• David W Carter High School students ACPs (mid- year exams), out-scored all other comprehensive schools in their division. Carter High students' scores were comparable to the magnet programs at Town View.
• The feeder pattern for David W Carter High School is the strongest academic feeder for African Americans in the metroplex.
• David W Carter High School has to career pathway, Business, and Fine arts.
• David W Carter High School offers dual-credit courses and AP courses.
The Oak Cliff Super Bowl
“ If you don't know about the Oak Cliff Super Bowl Then Your Not From Texas......Jamie Foxx ”
The website director can remember in the late 1980s and early 1990s when you couldn't drive down beside Sprague Field, located on Kimball's campus due to the traffic. You could look down the sidelines and see all the college recruiters with clip boards in there hands looking for the next "student athlete" to take them to their next NCAA bowl game or national championship. In the fall of 1993 the game was played in the Cotten Bowl which drew the largest crowd ever. Well, lets say the Sprague's Field family were able to all fit in one coliseum giving the Kimball vs Carter game its much due respect of being name, " The Oak Cliff Super Bowl."
Bragging rights are always on the line. It goes back generations between the two schools, located about five miles from each other.
" All Rounds Lead To Austin.. "
The Austin newspaper reported that the (first ever UIL) boys championship game was "fast" and a "rough and tumble affair." In 1921, El Paso wins first UIL Texas State Championship by outscoring San Antonio Brackenridge by 122-45. The early years of the state tournament are described in Harold Ratliff's 1976 book, Texas Boys Basketball: A History, published by the U.I.L. and by Ivy McLemore's Texas High School Basketball Scrapbook published by Eakin Press in 1989.
The first run to the state tournament was in 1992 when Dallas Carter defeated Dallas Samuell, 11 to 10, in the District 5-A Finals. They would go on to defeat Plano in the Bi District Finals 56 to 55. During the Area Finals they defeat Duncanville, 55 to 54. In the Regional Semi-Finals they would come up 3 points short of defeating Waco with the final score being, 79 to 77. Waco would go onto lose in the Regional Final to Longview 89 to 85. Longview would go onto win the State Finals against Victoria, 71 to 67.
The second run to the state tournament was in 1995 where Dallas Carter made the school's first appearance in the texas 5-A state finals. San Antonio East Central would defeated Dallas Carter, 108-86, in the finals and El Paso Riverside, 107-93, in the semi-finals at the state tournament. Ten years later Dallas Carter would make a run for the 5-A state tournament title again but would be defeated in the semi-finals at the state tournament by Kingwood by 17 points. Kingwood would go on to defeated DeSoto, 54-52, in the state finals. The 2005 5-A All State Tournament Team included 5'11" Jr Nic Wise and 6'5" So Michael Singletary of Humble Kingwood; 6'2" Jr Jermaine Beal and 6'4" Sr Roderick Flemings of DeSoto; and 6'2" Sr Steffon Wiley of Dallas Carter.
The third run to the state tournament was in 1996 when Dallas Carter defeated Grand Prairie, 71 to 46, in bi-district finals . They would go onto defeat Richardson Lake Highlands in the Areal Finals 81 to 72. During the Regional Quarterfinal they would defeat Duncanville, 72 to 67.In the regional semi-final Dallas Carter would defeat Klein, 90 to 55. Once again Dallas Carter would be defeated in the regional final. They would lose to their rival Kimball, 92 to 66. Kimball would go onto win the State Final against Euless Trinity, 72 to 64.
4 Time State Champions
" Texas Relays.. "
The Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays are an annual track and field competition held at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. The University of Texas serves as host for the event, held on either the first or second weekend of April. In 1977, electronic timing was introduced at the Relays, and Olympic gold medalist and Texas Longhorns football player John Wesley Jones recorded a time of 9.85 seconds in the 100 meter dash. This would have set a world record, but it was determined that the timer malfunctioned, and the time was unofficial. The Texas Relays are currently the second largest track meet in the United States, behind only the Penn Relays. Today, approximately 50,000 spectators and 5,000 athletes attend the events.
The Eddie Payne-Carter Shootout, named after the former longtime Carter track coach attracts a lot of track stars from around the state. Once held at the Sprague Field Complex, preliminaries and field events are now held at the Jesse Owens Athletic Complex. Teams competing in the Eddie Payne-Carter Shootout in this era include Carter, Skyline, Mansfield Timberview, DeSoto, Mesquite Horn, Richardson, Lincoln, Arlington Sam Houston, Arlington Seguin, Samuell, South Oak Cliff, Bryan Adams, Conrad, Molina and Forth Worth schools O.D. Wyatt, Dunbar and Trimble Tech just to name a few.
According to the University Interscholastic League, Dallas Carter has won four State Championships in track and field. The first championship was won during the 1983-1984 5-A Track & Field season. Joe Taulton was the student athlete who scored a 23' 9.75" in the boys Pole Vault. Kim Walker was the student athlete who scored a 24.20 in the girls 200 Meter Dash. The Dallas Carter girls team overall scored a 38 giving them a tie score with Alief Elsik making them the 1983-1984 State Champions.
The second championship was won during the 1987-1988 5-A Track & Field season. The girls scored a 46.50 in the 400 Meter Relay. They also scored a 01:38.00 in the 800 Meter Relay. Shantell Grant scored a 19' 1 in the Long Jump. Dallas Carter girls overall scored 76 making them the 1987-1988 State Champions
The third championship was won during the 1992-1993, 5-A Track & Field season. The girls scored a 01:36.70 in the 800 Meter Relay. Dallas Carter girls overall scored 76 making them the 1992-1993 State Champions
The fourth championship was won during the 1994-1995, 5-A Track & Field season. The girls scored a 03:46.13 in the 1600 Meter Relay. They also scored a 45.74 in the 400 Meter Relay. Dallas Carter girls overall scored 84 making them the 1994-1995 State Champions
State Champs On The Field
" All Rounds Lead To The Home of The Dallas Cowboys.. "
According to Wikipedia, Carter High School winning football program started with Joe Rust, Mike Baker, Danny Davis, Patrick Martin, O.C Jackson and Skip Jefferson. Patrick Martin was a 1st team All-SWC at Arkansas 1978. Dallas Carter has a very competitive American football program still to this day. Playing in the highest classification in Texas high school football, the Cowboys reached the state semifinals in 1971 but lost 13-7 to Wichita Falls. In 1974 returning to the state semifinals to only lose 14-12 to Mesquite and again in 1982 losing 21-13 to Hurst Bell.
Dallas Carter did not make the state final game until 1988. That year, Dallas Carter had one of the most talented high school football teams ever assembled, equipped with a defense featuring Jessie Armstead (LB), Clifton Abraham (CB), Derrick Cherry (DT), Le'Shai Maston (LB), Gary Edwards (CB) and Derric Evans (S). Guided by legendary coach Freddie James, the Dallas Carter won the 1988 5A state championship with a 31-14 win over Converse Judson.
During the 1988 playoffs, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) presented chanllenges and obstacles which would of removed a key student athlete from participating and competing in the state championship game. Eventually Dallas Carter was stripped of the state championship title but could not be stripped of the battle that took place on December 17th, 1988 at Texas Stadium. The web developer of this tribute site played college football at Texas Southern University and his teammate and tailback played tailback as a southmore in 1988 Converse Judson vs Dallas Carter state title game. The 1988 Coverse Judson tailback told his young teammate and then freshman fullback from Dallas Carter that the his Head Coach named Coach Rutledge said:
"We are not the 1988 Texas State Champs. You have to earn the right to be called State Champions and our recorded in 15 wins and 1 lose. You do accept a championship base on a unanimous vote by the UIL's executive committee. Dallas Carter are the 1988 Texas State Champions team."
The 1988 Dallas Carter Cowboys appear in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights as opponents to Odessa Permian in the state championship game. Actually Carter defeated Permian in the 1988 state semifinals. The video clips used to show the 1988 Dallas Carter playing the "Hays Rams" was actually a 2002 playoff game between Carter and Richardson Berkner. Carter's 1989 team was just as talented as the 1988 squad, featuring Clifton Abraham in his senior year and transfer Greg Hill. In 1990 and 1991, Carter reached the state semifinals again, but lost both times.
Since James retired in 1995, Carter had a couple of different head football coaches. Bruce Chambers graduate the one of largest student atletes group signing to NCAA division 1-A in a single year before leaving the school for an assistant job at Texas after two seasons as Head Coach. In 2002, Carter hired Allen Wilson, who has previously coached at Paris High School in Paris, Texas and John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas. Paris won a 4A state title in 1988, while John Tyler won a 5A title in 1994 and made a finals appearance in 2000. In 2011, Patrick Williams was hired as the head coach of the Carter Cowboys after being the defensive coordinator for Lancaster High School. Coach Williams is a graduate of Dallas Carter and attended Carter from 1987 to 1991. He was the running back on the 1988 team that won the state championship and understands what it takes to work hard to become a champion. Dallas Carter has made over 30 playoff appearances, which is best in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and 5th overall in 5A Texas football.