The TJHSAA established an Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006, and since that time we have honored 24 individuals and 5 teams (listed below) with induction. If you would like to nominate an individual (criteria are roughly along the lines of 60% athletic accomplishments at TJ, 30% athletic accomplishments after TJ, and 10% contribution to society/later success in life) or a team for our consideration, please provide a one-paragraph bio and send it to Class of ’68 alum Ken Williams (email@example.com) for evaluation by the Hall of Fame Committee.
Where: Alfred J. Loos Athletic Complex, 3815 Spring Valley Road, Addison, TX 75001
Contact: Ken Williams; Class of 1968 (214-405-7584 or KenWilliams26@aol.com)
The TJHSAA is pleased to announce the 2016 team inductees into our Athletic Hall of Fame: 1961-62 basketball (AAAA Boys’ State Champions), 1962-63 basketball (3rd Place in State), and the 1962 track mile relay team (State Champions). The date will be Thursday, October 6, at Loos Stadium and the preliminary itinerary will be as follows:
5pm: Tailgate Alums, family and friends start to socialize in west (home) parking lot. Please feel free to bring your own food and drink (no alcoholic beverages allowed at a DISD facility). Also, no Rebel flags or other such paraphernalia please.
6:15 – 6:45pm: Induction Ceremonies Inside the stadium, so tickets will be required and are approximately $5 apiece.
7pm Kickoff: TJ vs. Spruce. Please stay for the football game to support the Patriots players and coaches, including our new Head Football Coach, Kendall Hill. This will be a fun time.
The TJHSAA is pleased to announce the 2015 inductees for our Athletic Hall of Fame. The individual will be longtime (1970-1990) very successful Head Baseball Coach Gerald Turner; and the teams will be the 1958-59 basketball team (AAAA state runners-up), the 1959 track 440-yard sprint relay team (state champions), and the 1960 track mile relay team (state runners-up).
Many TJ alums attended this September 12, 2014 event that we held at Loos; please read the write-ups used by our emcee Matt “The Voice of TJ” Summers at those ceremonies.
David Arthur (1967; Swimming)
David Arthur, TJ ’67, enjoyed an outstanding high school career in swimming between 1964-67, culminating in five all-state honors in his senior year of 1967, as he led TJ to the city championship under the guidance of Coach Jim Steadman. He was also recognized as a high school All-American that year in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. David then went on to swim for the SMU varsity team under Coach Red Barr during the height of their Southwest Conference dominance in that sport, winning four letters between 1967-71 as a member of the conference champion team each of those years. Additionally during his collegiate career he received All-Southwest Conference honors, and was also named All-American in 1968. He earned two degrees from SMU: an undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 1971 and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in 1973.
Over the past forty years, David has enjoyed a successful and award-winning career producing and directing films and digital video projects, creating and staging theatrical performances, and writing plays, screenplays and novels. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife Ruth. His brother Bruce TJ 1975, who was also a swimmer, accepted his award.
David McKee (1972; Track & Basketball)
David McKee from the TJ Class of 1972 was a two-sport athlete at TJ, who as a junior started at guard on the 1971 basketball district champions and was later recruited by several Big Eight schools in that sport after his senior year. But it was in track that he really excelled, concentrating on the 100-yard and 220-yard dashes as an individual and the 440-yard sprint relay as the anchorman. In those three events he twice won the Five-State AAU/Junior Olympic Championships and also won the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation State Track Meet three years in a row. Additionally he was a standout member of the TJ track team, contributing to two district championships and one second place team finish between 1970-72. In 1971, Track and Field News listed him as one of the top three high school sprinters in the country. That same year he was the only high school sprinter to be invited to a national track meet for Olympic hopefuls. After a fine career at TJ he attended the University of Texas on a track scholarship, where he lettered three years (missing one year due to injury) and earned All-America honors in 1975 in the sprint relay event. Overall he was a member of six UT Southwest Conference champion track teams, four outdoor and two indoor.
As a way of showing his gratitude to those who helped him early in his athletic career, David has volunteered for nearly twenty years as a youth league coach in several sports. Professionally, he most recently he co-founded and currently serves on the leadership team for Frisco Connect, which is Stonebriar Community Church’s ministry for those in job transition. David lives in Plano and has three children and four grandchildren. Joining him on the field and presenting him with his trophy are his daughter Brooke and his son Zach.
TJ Football 1970
Our team inductee this year was the 1970 football team. They are the standout squad from an era that represents the high-water mark in TJ gridiron history. Competing in Class 4A, the largest in the state of Texas at that time, TJ compiled five consecutive winning seasons between 1967 and 1971, winning 38 games and finishing second in their district three times, back when only one team…the district champion… advanced to the playoffs. And in 1970 that team was TJ! Under the guidance of Head Coach Al Kirk and his staff, and combining a balanced offense of running and passing with a stout defense, they marched to a regular season mark of 9-1 and went undefeated in District 11-4A. Advancing from there to the city championship game in the Cotton Bowl, they gave a powerful South Oak Cliff squad all they could handle before falling just short in a thrilling battle. Many of these TJ players garnered individual honors and several went on to continue their football career in college.
Coach Kirk passed away just a few years after that season, and unfortunately since then a few team members have also left us: Bobby Billops, Mike Jones George Parker, and defensive captain Pete Siiteri.
TJ 1970 Football Team – players
|Tom Abate ***Bob Aitken 20Frank Akridge 63Bill Alexander 65 ***Mike Alexander 24Roger Baldwin 30Ronnie Barrier 74
Ken Barth 22
Clyde Bennett 86
Robert Boyce 67 ***
Chuck Candler 75
Larry Dale 55 ***
Mike Davis 71
Humberto De La Garza
Ted Dillard 73 ***
Clarke Eaton 93 ***
Wendel Elliott 44 ***
John Elmer 85
Jeff Evans 18
Rudy Flores 60
John Freeman 36 ***
Tommy Gilbreath 77 ***
|Charlie GlendenningJack HamiltonMike HarmonBill Hill 14 ***Greg Hill 15Mike Jones 40Jim Keffer 42
David Kuykendall 91
David Lee 19
Clark Leevy 53 ***
Chris Lemberg 90
Bill Marx 28
Jon Mayers 32
Bill McDonald 52
Dennis Melde 66
Jim Miller 87
Ricky Ray 34
Donnie Reddic 64 ***
Pete Siiteri 62
Dudley Slice 13 ***
Clark Spencer 61 ***
Guy Stout 51 ***
Guy Thomas 76 ***
Greg Williams 70 ***
Tony Williams 72
Victor Williams 35
*** 18 players attended ceremonies on 9/12/14 ***
Burk Goldthorn (’77)
Was a superstar catcher who, after TJ, played at the University of Texas and was selected All Tournament at the College World Series. He played professionally for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
1969-70 Basketball Team
The 1969-70 TJ basketball squad is highly regarded as the most over-achieving team in the storied history of Thomas Jefferson basketball. The last TJ team to advance to the State tournament in Austin, following in the footsteps of the 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1968 teams, this team took an unlikely path:
- The coach who led the 1968 team to the State tournament, Mike Pinkham, left one week before the start of the school year to accept an assistant coaching job at SMU, leaving this team with a new coach with no high school and limited basketball experience;
- The team was picked in pre-season polls to finish second in District 11-AAAA behind emerging power W.T. White;
- The tallest player on the team was 6’4”;
- The team finished District 11-AAAA play with a 15-1 record, beating favored W.T White twice, and had six different players sharing game high point honors;
- After beating Adamson in the City championship game, 65-52, the team advanced to the College Station regional tournament which included #3 State ranked I.M. Terrell and #2 State ranked Spring Branch Memorial. An underdog in both games, this team beat Terrell 101-99 (triple overtime) and Memorial 59-55, on the same day!!;
- The team advanced to the State tournament the following week to lose to one of the most powerful high school basketball teams in US history, two-time defending State champion Houston Wheatley, 103-92;
- The team finished the season with a 30-7 record, averaging almost 81 points per game, highest in the history of the school.
Team roster: Coach: Charles Vernon
Rick Burley Managers:
Steve Clark Rory Best, Rees Dwyer, Jerry Crow
Dee Green Basketball Queen: Pam Pigman McGuire
Bobby McKey (11 AAAA Player of the Year, All Metro – 2nd team)
Bill Marcellus (11 AAAA Most Valuable Player, All State 1st team)
Steve Moffett (Team Captain, All District – 2nd team))
Nick Taylor (All District – 2nd team)
1958 City Championship Football
The 1958 Thomas Jefferson Rebels were the North Zone Champions of the City of Dallas and defeated Sunset 20 to 0 in the city championship game to become the 1958 Dallas City Champions. The team compiled a record of 9 wins 2 losses for the season. In the first game of the year TJ defeated Highland Park, the prior year state champs, 12-6. The Rebels won victories over traditional powers Sunset, South Oak Cliff, North Dallas, Woodrow Wilson and Samuell.
The team was known for its outstanding linemen and stout defense. The Rebels held every opponent to no more than one touchdown per game. The team recorded 3 shutouts and was ranked in the top ten high school teams in Texas for the entire regular season with their highest weekly ranking being number 4.
Today the team members are spread out across the US with players as far away as California, New Mexico, Illinois and Oklahoma.
|Bruce Lipshy, guard
Winston Jones, center
Jerry Boggess, Manager
Lester Godwin, End
Bobby Benson, fullback
Dick Willis, guard
Bob Schulz, guard
Johnny Jessup, center
Wayne Williamson, guard
George Seay, quarterback
|Jerry Brown, guard
Hart Dinkins, halfback
Harold Giddens, end
Joe Miller, tackle
Richard Westbrook, halfback
Norman Clark, guard
Bobby Glen Wright, halfback
Jerry Rucker, guard
Roger Hall, end
Bruce Roberts, end
|Alfred Taylor, halfback
Orville Hudson, guard
Buddy Taylor, Tackle
Red Rogers, quarterback
Gerald McAdams, halfback
Dick Sutton, tackle
Don Cameron Tackle
John Reagan, end
Kelly Hudson, end
David Ray, quarterback
1964-65 State Finalist Basketball Team
Of all the TJ teams that made it to Austin, this one was probably the smallest in size. Andy Cargile was the starting center at 6′ 2 1/2″. The Rebels defeated El Paso in the semifinals to reach the State championship game where they lost to Houston Jones, which featured future SWC stars Lynn Phillips and Gene Phillips TJ finished the season with a record of 34-4.
Point Guard Larry Smith was named 3rd team All State, All State Tourney team, All City and All City MVP. Larry went on to play at Texas. Jim Burchfield was named 2nd team All City and later played at Kilgore College. Richard Scallorn was named to the All State Tourney team and honorable mention All City. After TJ, Richard played at Baylor. Andy Cargile was named honorable mention All City and later played at East Texas State. In 1975, he became the basketball coach at TJ. Two years ago he retired as principal of Euless Trinity High School. Coach Barry Dowd would coach at TJ one more season before becoming the basketball coach at Arlington State. In 1976, he became the top assistant for Abe Lemons at Texas. He was named the basketball coach at East Tennessee State in 1982 and Athletic Director at Arkansas St. in 1996.
An All-American lineman at Thomas Jefferson and later at Notre Dame, Tim was a three year starter at Notre Dame and played the 1978 alongside his brother Dave who was member of our inaugural TJ athletic hall of Fame induction class in 2006. In1981 Tim was drafted by the Green Bay Packers where he played with distinction for five seasons.
Jimmy played football and ran track at TJ and in 1960 ran the 3rd leg of the TJ state runner up mile relay team, later as a senior in 1962 Jimmy won the Open 440 in 47.7 and teamed with Mike Reid, Bruce Teagarden and Steve Langham to win the Mile relay in a State Record time of 3:16.1. In his career at Rice University Jimmy won two Southwest Conference championships in the mile relay and in May of 1966 Captain Ellington led Rice to a mile relay time of 3:06.1 the fastest college time ever run in Texas to that date.
Jimmy had a 29 year career in the Navy as an officer and helicopter pilot. He commanded two helicopter squadrons and the Navy Weapons school and was awarded the Legion of Merit before retiring in 1996 at the rank of Navy Captain
David Somerville, Class of ‘60
David Somerville was a 3-year letterman in basketball, All State Tournament team 1959, Captain of the 1960 basketball team, All City basketball 1959 and 1960 and All State first team 1960, As a junior, the 6’-2” forward Dave Somerville was selected for the All Tournament Team for the Archie Porter coached 1959 TJ team competing in the 4A championship game losing to Pampa 65-52. He averaged 16 ppg that year and was selected 2nd team All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Assoc. He had an even better senior year averaging 21.4 ppg and being selected 1st team All-State by the TSWA. He was the leading scorer for the north squad in the 1960 All Star game with 11 points. He went on to have a three solid years on the varsity SMU Mustang team under coach E. O. “Doc” Hayes when SMU was Southwest Conference Co-Champions his sophomore year (61-62).Employed in Securities business 40 yrs in Dallas, presently with Wachovia Securities.
Guy Thomas, Class of ‘72
Guy Thomas was an offensive lineman and member of the TJ 1970 District Championship football team that included 9 players who received Division I football scholarships. The 1970 Team coached by Allen Kirk, played South Oak Cliff in the Cotton Bowl for the City Championship. Guy was Co Captain with Greg Hill of the 1971 team that finished second in District and was named to the All District and All City teams. He was named to the “Texas Football Magazine” All State Team, played in the Texas High School All Star Game and The Oil Bowl game between Texas and Oklahoma. After receiving scholarship offers from all major universities he followed fellow TJ Alumni, Kris Silverthorn, Rory Best and John Blackburn to Southern Methodist University. Guy was a 4 year starter at SMU, was two time All Southwest Conference and Honorable Mention All American. He finished his football career playing in the “American Bowl” college all star game. He was later named to the SMU All Decade Team. Guy recently retired, after a 25 year career with Coca Cola Enterprises where he was Vice President of US Sales Operations. Guy is now a partner with fellow TJ alum Ken Barth in Sound Perfection, a Home Security/Home Theater Company with offices in Dallas and Houston.. He lives in Dallas with his wife Lyn, he has three sons, (Russell, Kyle, Zachary) and 5 grandchildren.
Betty Werner, Class of ’66
Growing up in the heart of Texas, Werner knew what her passion was at a young age. Battling anybody she could in any sport was just the beginning to an illustrious 40-year career that paved the way for both male and female athletes today.
Her love for tennis started it all. At Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, the women’s tennis coach saw her playing at a boys’ basketball practice and suggested she play on the tennis team. She did and an athletic career was born. She went on to have a successful career, playing No. 1 singles and doubles, playing the Texas Tennis Circuit and earning the Dallas Tennis Association Sportsmanship Award in 1964.
Werner graduated high school in 1966 and went on to the University of Tulsa where she played tennis. She played No. 3 singles from 1967-68 and No. 1 singles from 1969-70 and finished in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science. She went straight to graduate school and finished with a Master of Education at the University of Missouri in 1971. She then went on to play tennis after college and was ranked No. 1 in women’s doubles and No. 3 in women’s singles in Louisiana in 1971-72. She also claimed several international championships in racquetball, and was hired at Maryville College as an instructor of health and physical education.
She was then hired as the Women’s Athletics Director at Drake in 1974. She was the youngest female administrator in collegiate athletics history (at the time) and the first female administrator at the University. In 1979, when President Jimmy Carter implemented Title IX throughout the collegiate level, women were given the opportunity to have scholarships for the first time at universities around the country and Werner was at the center of it all. In 1982, she was appointed to the committee of the NCAA’s flagship sport, women’s basketball. She served on the groundbreaking committee for five years. While with the group, she was the CBS Liaison, bringing women’s athletics at the collegiate level to national television for the first time. “Betty has done so much in establishing opportunities for young people – specifically women,” said Athletics Director Dr. William Husak. “Everyone you talk to will tell you she did it with so much love. Betty will be deeply missed. Words do not do justice in describing how wonderful she was to so many.”
Werner was hired to oversee all internal operations of the athletics department at LMU in 2000. During her time, the Lions saw unprecedented success, including the program’s first conference titles in women’s tennis, women’s basketball and men’s golf, and the first-ever NCAA tournament appearances for men’s and women’s soccer – all sports she supervised. As her career took new heights, Werner continued to stay involved with the sport that started it all. Werner served as chairperson on the NCAA Joint Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee. Under her direction, Werner brought both the men’s and women’s tennis championship to the same competitive site, bringing a heightened marketing exposure to the sport. “Betty was a strong leader and active participant in the NCAA tennis community for many years. We all miss her tenacity and forthright opinion that help shape college tennis for the past decade.” Dartmouth Head Coach Chuck Kinyon said.
On August 16, 2008, LMU and the tennis world lost a dear friend. Betty Werner passed away at her home in Torrance, CA after a five-month battle with cancer. She was 59.
Jerry Wade, Class of 1960
3-year letterman basketball, All-City basketball 2 years, Captain 1960 basketball. Played at Lon Morris Junior College and then at TCU (letterman). Owner of Wade Electric, a Dallas electrical services company.
Stan Ley, Class of ‘68
Stan Ley was a crew-cut, slightly unorthodox lefty, often shooting runners and layups off of wrong foot. Stan was leader of the 1968 team that narrowly lost the Championship game to a powerful Houston Wheatley 85-80. Notwithstanding the loss in the title tilt, some people say it was the best TJ team of the six that made the trip to Austin in twelve-year period (1959-70). It was a well-balanced squad and had players who garnered more individual awards, but Stan was the point man in charge of the offensive/defensive attack. Unlike any of his senior teammates he was a two-sport star, excelling in baseball as well, part of an all-TJ all-city outfield. He went on to play both sports at Paris JC and then baseball at Arkansas. Stan is a successful dry cleaning magnate in the North Dallas area and a top-notch guy.
Andy Beene Class of ‘75
Andy Beene was the first superstar of the Gerald Turner baseball years; he pitched Baylor to the College World Series, no hit the Texas Longhorns and pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers professionally. As an aside I can mention that his ability to bark like a dog is alternately one of the most frightening and humorous talents these eyes have ever witnessed.
Jim Langham – Class of ’60
Jim Langham was a 3 year letterman in track at TJ as a hurdler/sprinter. A state champion in the open 440 and 440 yard relay and a leader on TJ’s two District champion track teams. During his Jr.year he ran the first leg of the 440 yard relay team which also won the state championship in 1959. At SMU Jimmy ran a leg on a mile relay team with the best time in the nation that year.
Jimmy graduated from SMU with a degree in business accounting and worked for Southwestern Life Insurance Co before going into fulltime accounting. He has worked on TJ events for years. He is married to Carol Langham and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren
Debbie Fine, Class of ‘88
All State Soccer player later an All American and Final Four Participant at George Mason University and represented her country at The Pan-Am games and the Jr. Olympics. Currently a successful Principal at Haltom High School
Reyna (Ronnie) Thompson, Class of ‘81
Ronnie played on the football team at TJ during all 4 years of high school. He played at defensive back, running back and quarterback. He ran track all 4 years of high school. He had the fastest time in the nation as a senior in 1981. He was the State champion in 1981 in the 110meter high hurdles. Other track and field events he excelled in included 300m intermediate hurdles and 4x100m relay. He attended Baylor University on a football/track scholarship. There he excelled in the 110m high hurdles and the 4x100m relay teams. He was the Southwest conference champion in the 110m high hurdles. He played on the Baylor Bears football team as a cornerback and special teams player. During his college football career, the Bears were selected to the Bluebonnet Bowl and the Liberty Bowl. He was drafted by the Miami dolphins in 1986 at the positions of cornerback and Special Teams. He played with the Dolphins from 1986-1989 and then went to the New York Giants until 1992. His last year in the NFL was with the New England Patriots. He retired from the NFL in 1994. During his 8 years in the NFL, his honors included being a member of the World Champion – Super Bowl winning New York Giants, he was selected to the Pro Bowl , was All- pro, as well as a member of the All- Madden Team several years. . He was also featured on the Wheaties box. He has been featured in Sports Illustrated, where Sports Illustrated writer Peter King described him as: ”the greatest special team’s player ever”.
Buddy Nichols, class of 1958
Buddy was first graduating class at TJ, Captain, 58 football team, All City End 1957, superb pass receiver, can’t remember him ever dropping a pass, Four year football scholarship to SMU, 3 sport letterman and starter at TJ, football, basketball and baseball, Shortstop on TJ 1958 District, City, BiDistrict Champions, earned 5 letters in 2 years at TJ. At SMU Buddy was a 3 year letterman in football and 2 year starter, he was Academic All Southwest Conference and Academic All American his Senior year, he was named to SMU’s 2 prominent honor societies. As President and owner he built The Sidlinger Corporation into the world’s leading manufacturer and seller of trampolines through distribution all over the world as JumpKing
Earl Johnson Class of ‘82
Earl attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas Texas from 1979-1982. He was a multi-sport performer where he lettered in Football, Basketball and Track & Field. His senior year at TJ, he led the Dallas/Fort Worth area in rushing yards, exceeding the 1,400 yard milestone. Immediately following graduation from TJ, Earl played in the Texas All Star Football game and was recognized as the Most Valuable Player.Earl was heavily recruited by many of the major universities such as Texas, SMU, Arkansas, Texas A & M, and Arizona State before committing to attend the University of Oklahoma ….OU Sooners! While attending OU on a football scholarship, Earl had great success. He rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 17 touchdowns only playing for 2 full seasons due to multiple season ending knee injuries.
Some other significant accomplishments during Earl’s OU Career:
- 1983 – UPI Offensive Newcomer of the Year in the Big Eight
- 1983 – Rushing 259 yards against Colorado which still rank #1 all time as a OU Freshman 25 years later
- 1984 – Academic All Big Eight
- 1983-1986 – Only running back at OU to have multiple 200 yard game performances
- 1985 – Orange Bowl when OU won the National Championship beating Penn State 25-10!
Earl graduated in 1986 from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. After completing his tenure with the University of Oklahoma, he went on to try out for Professional Football teams, St. Louis Cardinals and Hamilton Tiger Cats in Canada.
He is currently employed with Team Penske based in Reading, PA as Region Health and Safety Manager responsible for 36 states. Earl has been married to his loving wife Cathy for 16 years and they have 3 Children Brittane’, Garyon and Evan; they reside in York, PA.
Joe Miller, Class of ‘59
Football 1956,’57 and ‘58 – All City team ‘57 and ‘58, All Metro team ‘58, All State ‘58, All Southern USA ‘58, TJ Co Capt ‘58, Outstanding Lineman Award ‘56 and ‘57,Tackle and middle linebacker, 3 year letterman and starter Baseball ‘57, ‘58 and ‘59 – 3 year letterman, All City ‘58, Capt ‘59, 10-1 record as a pitcher ‘58, led team to quarterfinal finish, ERA of under 1.00. Pitcher and catcher Dallas County 4A Athlete of the Year in 1958, 4 year football scholarship to SMU 3 year letterman at SMU in football and baseball. Living in San Antonio, retired from Nat’l Life of Vermont Insurance Co. BBA from SMU in ’63 CLU designation in’69 and attended Dallas Theological Seminary for 3 years.
Dagmara Szyszczak, Class of ‘86
Dagmara was a ’86 All-State Volleyball leader who went on to be a four time letter winner in volleyball at the University of Texas, including a National Championship in 1989 and graduating with a BS in Computer Sciences and BA in Psychology
- Played Professionally, Pioneer of Women’s Beach Volleyball
- Starter for the NCAA Division I National Champion
- University of Texas at Austin Lady Longhorn Volleyball 4-year starter
- Coached by MICK HALEY (USA Women’s Olympic coach, USC coach)
- Starter for the NCAA Division I Semifinalist
- VOLLEYBALL magazine FAB 50 selection High School
- United States Amateur Volleyball All-American
- NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team
- American Volleyball Coaches Association South All-Region
- Southwest Conference All-Conference Team
- University of Texas at Austin MVP
- AVP/WPVA beach doubles professional
- National Champion of Mexico beach doubles
Bob Glover, Class of ‘63
Bob was the Junior star center and big man of the ‘62 State Champion Basketball team and he had a college career of some distinction at Texas Tech. He was TJ’s first All American basketball player and THE Center on the ’62 state champion team. Before he left Dallas in the 80’s, he was involved in the formation of Dallas Challenge, Inc. which worked with DISD in the ’80’s to survey “youth” issues and I believe has both the credentials and heart to help with our objective of a connection with a TJ “with Rebel Spirit and Patriot Pride”
George Seay, Class of ’59
George was easily the best athlete of the first decade of TJ’s history. He was the co-captain and quarterback on the football team (won the Bell Award, “Player of the Year”, All-Greater Dallas, All-City Football, All-State Honorable Mention and the Most Valuable Player Award”. He was The co-captain of the basketball team, a team that went to state and finished second in the state. He was on the track team and was so good with the shot put, he could have competed in college. He was President of the TJ Lettermen’s Association and voted “Most Athletic” in the senior class. George has gone on to be a respected lawyer, Christian camp developer, church elder, etc.
2006 Inductees, Charter Members
Eddie Dominguez, Class of ’62
Eddie was Point Guard and leading scorer of TJ’s first State Champion Team, the 1962 State Championship Basketball squad. Arguably the best looking and certainly the best-dressed member of the 1962 Team – point Guard Eddie Dominguez Played for Lon Morris and Texas A&M, graduating in 1966. He took over the family business and serves as President and owner of the legendary Tupinamba Chain.
Michael Carter, Class of ‘79
All State and All American football player later starred at SMU and for the San Francisco 49er’s. An Olympic Silver medalist in the Shot put and still holds the World High School record for the shot put at over 81’. Many believe that this may be the most unapproachable High School record in Track and Field it has never been threatened. Michael currently trains a stable of incredible shot and discus athletes that include his children Michelle, D’Andra, and Michael Jr. Michelle recently competed in the Beijing Olympics.
Dave Huffman, Class of ‘75
In 1977, he was the anchor of the offensive line that helped Notre Dame score 382 points and chalk up 4,840 yards of total offense en route to a national championship. During the season he played 308 minutes and may not have gotten the credit from the casual fan that quarterback Joe Montana, running back Jerome Heavens, and tight end Ken MacAfee did, but his play didn’t go unnoticed. He was an exceptional blocker on runs as well as pass plays. A versatile athlete, he would also line up in a double tight end formation opposite MacAfee, and once caught a pass for 16 yards.
The next season he was just as good. He threw one memorable block that sprung Montana for a score in a 26-17 victory over Pittsburgh. Huffman, linebacker Bob Golic, and Montana were the three key elements in Notre Dame’s 9-3 season, which earned the Fighting Irish a season-ending rank of seventh according to the Associated Press. Huffman was a consensus All-American, and Minnesota selected him in the second round of the 1979 NFL draft. He played center, guard, and tackle for twelve years for the Vikings before retiring in 1990 to become a broadcaster and served as an announcer on the Vikings radio broadcast for many years before tragically dying in automobile accident en route to a Notre Dame game.
Jimmy Jones, Class of 1982
Jimmy was a multiple time All State selection as pitcher, Jimmy was the third player selected in the 1982 amateur baseball draft. At TJ he was a dominant force for 4 years and had an ERA under 1.00 for his career. Set a national HS record for strikeouts in a game with 28 in a 16 inning playoff game against Texas High of Texarkana. He also hit a home run in that game that many describe as the hardest hit ball in the history of Reverchon Park. Former Rangers player personnel director Sandy Johnson described Jimmy as the best high school pitching prospect he ever saw. Jimmy played professionally for the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Montreal Expos. Currently he runs his own business in addition to privately coaching a generation of young pitchers in Flower Mound area.
1962 State Basketball Champion Team
I was thrilled in so many ways – the years melted away when I felt the joy and warmth of old friends and great memories. My favorite time was the interaction of the 1962 and 2011 teams after the ceremony with combined team pictures and great chatting – I was moved to tears when the combined teams formed a huddle and broke with the traditional 1962 cheer, “A Hustling Ball Team Can’t Be Beat”! as the stadium PA resounded with the great music: “We Are The Champions!”
We thank Coach May, Alice Davenport’s Liberty Belles, the especially sharp ROTC Color Guard with brand new uniforms , Coach Cox and the Loos Stadium management and Hillcrest’s coach and team for combining to make a fitting tribute to the excellence and school spirit that is the reason we are proud to be associated with Thomas Jefferson High School.
Please be assured that this weekend was much more than a trip down memory lane –although there are plenty of good things included with that. It was also an affirmation of the goals that can be achieved by dedication and hard work, the benefits of a bond between teammates and student body and the lasting satisfaction of a job well done.
Here’s to the TJ 1962 Basketball Team – You Are The Champions!