The Athletic Department is committed to making athletics an integral part of the total educational program of Duncanville ISD. Athletics provides one of the finest ways by which today’s young people can develop into responsible men and women. It teaches fair play, sportsmanship, understanding, appreciation of teamwork, and the fact that hard work leads to success.
Currently, Duncanville ISD has approximately 1900 students participating in athletics in grades seven through twelve. Under the leadership of Director Cathy Self-Morgan, a seventy-five position athletic staff includes coaches, athletic trainers, and support personnel to provide the guidance necessary to administer this successful program.
Programs offered for Duncanville students include seventh and eighth grade football, basketball, volleyball, track, and tennis. Football, basketball, volleyball, track, cross-country, baseball, softball, soccer, swimming, golf, and tennis are offered in grades nine through twelve.
The Bill Savage Athletic Complex, located on the high school campus, includes a 10,000-seat artificial turf football stadium and adjoining grass practice fields, a natatorium, baseball and softball fields, and a twelve-court tennis facility. The Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena opened in December 2003 for basketball and volleyball. Inside the Meadows Arena are a 2000-seat competition court, two full-sized competition gyms, two physical education gyms, a state-of-the-art sports medicine facility, and two weight rooms. In addition, a new field house adjacent to the football stadium opened in March 2004 to house football and a 6,000 square foot weight room for all sports.
Two Duncanville ISD athletic facilities have received national recognition. Baseball America, a national magazine, ranked the Duncanville Panther Baseball Stadium as the 5th Best High School Ballpark Facility in the nation. USA TODAY, a national daily newspaper, named the Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena as one of the Top 10 Great Places to Watch High School Basketball.
Old Panther Field, located on Freeman St., is the home of the Panther soccer teams. Additional football and baseball fields and running tracks are located at the middle schools.
The district houses three athletic training facilities to serve various sports, and employs four full-time licensed athletic trainers. The main AT facility, located in the Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena, contains separate areas for taping, examinations, and the rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Other training rooms are located at the high school football stadium and Old Panther Field. A central middle school training room facility is located at Kennemer Middle School to serve the needs of Duncanville’s middle school athletes.
Duncanville Independent School District is recognized throughout the nation as having an elite athletic program. In May 2005, Duncanville was ranked 24 in the nation out of 38,000 high schools by Sports Illustrated for its athletic programs.
For more information about the DISD Athletic Department, call 972-708-2150.