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Justin F. Kimball High School is a public secondary school in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas, United States. It enrolls students in grades 9-12, and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District. The school is named in honor of Justin Ford Kimball, a prominent citizen of Dallas, Texas, former school superintendent, and founder of a predecessor of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]

Justin F. Kimball High School
Justin F. Kimball High School lobby.jpg
Main lobby
3606 South Westmoreland Road


Coordinates32°41′57″N 96°52′40″W / 32.69917°N 96.87778°W / 32.69917; -96.87778Coordinates: 32°41′57″N 96°52′40″W / 32.69917°N 96.87778°W / 32.69917; -96.87778
TypePublic, secondary
MottoOptima Petimus (Latin: "We Seek the Best!")
School districtDallas Independent School District
PrincipalEarl A. Jones
Faculty82.24 (FTE)
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment1,480 (2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.93
Color(s)Navy blue, red, grey, white
RivalDavid W.Carter High School


Kimball opened its doors in 1958, graduating its first class in 1960 with 165 students. Dr. W.P. Durrett served as the founding principal of the school. His tenure of 16 years ran from 1958 until his retirement in 1974, and was longer than that of any subsequent principal. Through his inspiring and dynamic leadership, the student body established the traditions and values of the school. An annual scholarship award in his name is granted each year by the Kimball Alumni Association to two outstanding students who demonstrate academic and leadership success.

Although Dallas ISD began integrating high school campuses in the 1965–1966 school year, Kimball's student body was primarily Caucasian until the late 1970s. The ethnic makeup of the student body changed gradually during the 1980s, and by 1990 Kimball's students were almost entirely African-American. Today, Kimball is 70% Hispanic and 30% African-American. When Moisés E. Molina High School opened in 1996, attendance boundaries were redrawn, and many areas that had attended Kimball for decades were rezoned to the new school.

Since its founding in 1958, the school has graduated over 20,000 students. Kimball graduates have contributed in many fields - athletics, politics, entertainment, music, health, business, cultural, the arts, science, and engineering. A number of Kimball students have won appointments to various military service academies through the years.

In 2008, the school celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a celebration hosted by the Kimball Alumni Association.


The Kimball Knights compete in the following sports:[4]

Kimball has excelled for many years in state, regional and district sports, capturing several championships in football, track, wrestling, basketball, golf and volleyball. The men's varsity basketball team won the state basketball championship in 1990, 1996, 1997, 2011, 2012, and 2014.[5] The girls' soccer team won the first ever UIL State Soccer Championship in 1983, and repeated as State Champion in 1984.


Kimball High School has had a long and storied sports rivalry with David W. Carter High School. The annual football game between the two is known as "The Oak Cliff Super Bowl".

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "JUSTIN F KIMBALL H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Justin F Kimball H S". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  3. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
  4. ^ The Athletics Department
  5. ^ Dallas' Kimball High School Wins 4A Championship,, March 10, 2012
  6. ^ "Marquis Pleasant". Retrieved 17 March 2015.

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