Friday, August 12, 2022

Birthplace of Carroll Schools and the City of Southlake Turns 100

To celebrate the centennial of Carroll Hill School, the first school in our award-winning school district and the place where the City of Southlake was born, the Southlake Historical Society is presenting an exhibit from July 12-September 6 in the lobby of Town Hall and in the Southlake Public Library located at 1400 Main St. A free ice cream social and reception open to all will be 5-6:30 p.m. on July 28.

For years, the school was the centerpiece of the community; in 1917, Tarrant County consolidated one-room schools in now-Southlake into District No.99. Farmers and others in this poor, rural district (property values totaled $207,000) voted to raise their taxes to build a brick schoolhouse. In 1919, after World War I had ended, it was built. The school was named for B. Carroll, the Tarrant County Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Carroll Hill, the school built on a hill, was not fancy like schools in Grapevine and Bedford. It had three classrooms that held nine grades. “The original Carroll building … is as plain, sturdy and practical as the farmers who built it,” Mary Ann King, Carroll’s granddaughter, told Carroll ISD trustees in 2009 when it was feared the building would be torn down. “In this throwaway society, it is important to have an anchor to the past. It takes tangible things, something to touch, to remind us all of the history that has gone before.”

The school still stands, at 1055 N. Carroll Ave., north of Texas 114 and next to the former Carroll Intermediate School (now Southlake Baptist Church). There is a Texas historical marker out front. The school is not open to the public.

The exhibit will include pictures of students from 1919 into the 1960s, plus a special picture of 2019 Carroll graduates in front of the school. Drawings made with the input of women and men who attended Carroll Hill in the 1930s and ’40s will give a look at the school’s classrooms, stage and removable chalkboards. Visitors will also see pictures and history of the early days of Southlake, established in 1956.

Because of racial segregation, black and biracial students could not attend Carroll Hill. In 1920, local rancher Bob Jones had Walnut Grove School built for his grandchildren and neighbors’ children. The school closed in 1951 because most of its seven or so students were ready to enter junior high, for which they had to go to Fort Worth. Carroll ISD’s newest elementary school is named in honor of the one-room Walnut Grove School.

This being a school exhibit, there will be lots to learn. Learn which city was aiming to annex our area when local citizens voted at Carroll Hill School to incorporate into the town of Southlake. Learn lots of Carroll “firsts,” including which activity earned the district its first state championship (no, it wasn’t football — or any sport).

Also learn about Denton’s Annie Webb Blanton, who in 1918 was the first woman elected to statewide office (state Superintendent of Public Instruction) and whether Clyde Barrow attended Carroll Hill School.

The future of the old school is not yet known.


Artist: Courtney Fray-Dingemanse

Graphic design for the exhibit was done by Courtney Fray-Dingemanse of Grapevine, owner of the boutique marketing agency Fray Design Firm. She is a Grapevine Heritage Foundation board member.

Drawings were done by artist Karen Davidenko of Grapevine, who also teaches special education at Cannon Elementary School in Grapevine.

The exhibit is free and will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday -Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The exhibit is closed on Sundays, except for the reception from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 in Town Hall. The reception is open to the public.

Graphic Header – Artist, Karen Davidenko

Dragons Swimmers Compete at Nationals

Six of our Dragon Swimmers competed late this Summer at the USA Junior National Swimming Championships in East Meadow, New York. This Championship Swim Meet brings together all of the Top 18 and under swimmers in the USA.

Chris Lindley finished as high as 11th in the 800 free, also scoring Top 16 in the 1500 meter free.

Natalie Whalen scored points finishing 11th in the 200 fly and also making Finals in the 400 individual medley.

Logan Davis finished 29th of 66 swimmers in the 200 meter fly.

Kit Kat Zenick made finals in the 100 meter fly, while also contributing to a 3rd place relay finish and a 5th place relay finish for LAC in the 400 meter medley relay and the 400 meter free relay, respectively.

Alex Zettle and Jack LeVant were Top 3 Medalists in multiple events.

Alex Zettle placed 1st in 400 meter free, 1st in 200 meter free, and 3rd in 100 meter free.

Jack LeVant placed 2nd in 200 meter fly, 2nd in 400 meter  individual medley, 2nd in 200 meter free, and 3rd in 400 meter free.

In addition, Jack LeVant, qualified this Summer to compete at the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis just before the school year began. He swam on the USA 800 meter free relay, that finished 2nd in the World to the Hungarians by just one one-hundredth of a second (.01).

Finally, Alex Zettle and Jack LeVant were just named, yesterday, to the USA Junior (18 & under) National Team for 2017-2018, Zettle in the 400 and 800 meter free and LeVant in the 200 meter  free and 200 meter fly.

Congratulations to all of these Dragon Swimmers on their fine Summer of USA swimming competition, and looking forward to their 2017-2018 Dragon HS Swim Seasons.

Dragons Sweep Fossil Ridge, Meet Martin in Showdown for State

FORT WORTH – The Dragons put an exclamation on the Class 6A Region I semifinals vs. Fossil Ridge last week.

In Game 2, the Dragons started the game with a leadoff home run by Jake Murphy (pictured left) and never looked back after the first inning. Carroll scored four runs in the first inning and coasted to a 6-1 victory and series sweep at Brewer High School.

Carroll (30-10-1) advances to face Martin in the Region I final series with a trip to the state tournament at stake. Martin has been a difficult postseason matchup for the Dragons in recent years. The Warriors have eliminated Carroll three of the last five years, including twice in the region final (2012, 2013). Combined the teams have more than 60 victories this season and two more are needed to reach Dell Diamond, site of the state tournament.

Getting to the region final has included three consecutive series sweeps for Carroll vs. Waco Midway, Allen and Fossil Ridge. Martin defeated Marcus in three games to advance to this round.

The Dragons opened the series vs. Fossil Ridge with a 9-2 victory behind starting pitcher Kole Ramage, who tossed a complete game and had 12 strikeouts. Juniors Cole Johnson and Cade Bell each had three hits apiece and Ryne Ryskoski had three RBI.

In the second game, lefthander Cutter Sippel delivered the Dragons’ second complete game of the series. He gave up five hits and had five strikeouts. The Dragons led 6-0 after three innings.

The Dragons are seeking its first state tournament appearance since 2008.

Carroll (30-10-1) vs. Martin (32-7-1) – Class 6A Region I Final Series
Game 1:
5 p.m. Thursday, Dallas Baptist University
Game 2: 2 p.m. Friday, Dallas Baptist University
Game 3: 11 a.m. Saturday (if nec.), Dallas Baptist University

City of Southlake Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Youth of the Year Award

Annually, the City of Southlake sponsors the Youth of the Year Award presented at the Southlake Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. This award recognizes outstanding teens who have made a difference in our community. The city traditionally receives exceptional nominations for young residents of Southlake demonstrating their commitment to our community. If you know a teen (ages 12-18) who deserves recognition for their outstanding role in the community, please nominate them by Friday, May 12 for this prestigious honor. Nomination forms can be found here.

Last year’s Youth of the Year Award recipient was an extraordinary young lady Kendall Costello. Ms. Costello was a member of the Carroll Medical Academy, Varsity Cheerleader and elected as a Green Jacket. She led an initiative for a new bicycling and helmet safety campaign in Southlake in addition to volunteering with numerous local groups. Kendall is now a freshman at Stanford University.

Kendall has inspired the community with her hard work, determination and dedication to a cause – we are looking forward to hearing how other youth residents of Southlake have made an impact on the community this year. If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact the city at 817-748-8186 or


Around the Horn: Lady Dragons Defeats Rival Coppell

The Carroll Lady Dragon softball team improved to 16-9 overall and 5-2 in District 7-6A with a 6-2 home victory Tuesday against rival Coppell.

Carroll, which has won four consecutive games, was led at the plate by Madison Cashon and Gabby Garcia. Both players had two hits and two RBI apiece. Cami Green earned the victory on the mound going seven innings and had three strikeouts. The Lady Dragons led 4-2 after three innings and added single runs in the fifth and sixth. Carroll had nine total hits.

Carroll returns to action Friday at Richland at 7:15

Dragon Baseball Riding Win Streak
The Carroll Dragon baseball team bounced back from an 0-2 start in District 7-6A with three consecutive victories, including an 8-1 win Tuesday at Trinity. The Dragons also swept Richland last week 2-0 and 11-2. The Dragons have won three straight and were led by Reagan Rainwater on Tuesday.

Rainwater had two hits and two RBI. Ross Cadena and Zach Farrar also had two hits apiece. Pitcher Michael Canterino earned the victory and had eight strikeouts.

Carroll returns home Friday to host Trinity at 7 p.m.


Humphrey Tops Carroll’s All-District Selections


First-team selection Zach Farrar had 19 TD catches this season.

Carroll Dragon senior running back Lil’ Jordan Humphrey finished his high school career with one of the top honors in District 7-6A.

Humphrey was named 7-6A’s Offensive Player of the Year. He finished the season with 1,275 yards rushing with 14 touchdowns. He also added 847 yards receiving and eight TDs.

The Dragons finished the season 9-3 and fell in the Class 6A Division II area round to Denton Guyer.

First-team Dragon selections on offense included running back Shemar Coleman, receivers Zach Farrar and Kameron Duhon, guard Chase Sanford and tackle Lucas Tribble.

Cornerback Obi Eboh, safety Robert Barnes were first-team selections on defense. The following are all of the Dragon selections.

Offensive Player of the Year
RB Lil’ Jordan Humphrey

First-Team Offense
RB Shemar Coleman, Sr.
WR Zach Farrar, Sr.
WR Kameron Duhon, Sr.
G Chase Sanford, Sr.
OT Lucas Tribble, Sr.

Second-Team Offense
QB Mason Holmes, Jr.
WR Jack Johansson, Jr.
C Noah Hubel, Sr.
K Kole Ramage, Jr.

First-Team Defense
CB Obi Eboh, Sr.
S Robert Barnes, Jr.

Second-Team Defense
DT Ryan Miller, Jr.

Honorable Mention
OT Carson Green, Jr.
K Jake Oldroyd, Sr.
S Barrett Buck, Jr.
LB IV Seacat, Sr.
LB Grant McFarlin, Sr.


Homecoming Carnival, Parade, Pep Rally Coming October 7

Carroll Independent School District is teaming up with the Student Councils from Carroll Senior High School and Carroll High School to host Homecoming 2015 – Candy Land: How Sweet It Is To Be A Dragon!

The carnival, parade and pep rally will take place on Wednesday, October 7 in Southlake Town Square. All official CISD student groups and teams in grades 7-12 may reserve a carnival booth and/or parade entry at no cost. The K-6 campuses may have one carnival booth and one parade entry at no cost.

All proceeds from the Homecoming events benefit the CSHS/CHS Student Councils. Sponsorships are available beginning at $500 for a carnival booth, $1,000 for a carnival booth/parade sponsorship and $1,500 for a carnival booth, parade and pep rally sponsorship. In addition, CISD is seeking a Grand Marshal sponsor for $5,000 and an automobile sponsor for $2,500. Please note that sponsors from previous Homecoming events are given first rights of refusal before new sponsors.

The deadline to reserve a carnival booth or parade entry is 4 p.m. on September 30. Those who plan to participate at the carnival or parade must send at least one student and one adult representative to a mandatory informational meeting at 4 p.m. on September 30. The meeting will take place in the Student Activity Center (SAC) at Carroll Senior High School.

CISD provides a 10 by 10 tent, table and two chairs for each reserved carnival booth participant. Official CISD parent and booster club organizations are also eligible for a free carnival booth. Set-up for the carnival begins at 2 p.m. on October 7. Carnival runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Parade staging begins at 6 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Southlake Hilton/Barnes & Noble Bookstore. The parade will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Pep rally on the steps of Southlake Town Hall to begin immediately following the end of the parade.

There will be fun for the whole family at this event, so dress up in your green and white and bring the kids out to the carnival to raise funds for student organizations and STUCO. Questions may be directed to 817-949-7080.

Homecoming 2015 Packet

Homecoming 2015 Sponsorship Packet

Basketball Seasons End for Carroll Teams

Dragon Basketball

Photo by CISD Intern Sean Murphy

The Carroll Lady Dragon basketball team’s season ended in the Class 6A area round with an overtime loss Flower Mound 61-55. The Lady Dragons were led by Priscilla Smeenge’s 24 points and Kennedy Leonard added 21. Flower Mound was led by Lauren Cox, a 6-foot-4 junior who is the No. 1-ranked player in the nation and scored a game-high 26 points. The Lady Dragons held a four-point lead at the half.

Colleyville Heritage Defeats Carroll in Play-In Game
The Carroll Dragons lost its bid to reach this year’s playoffs. Colleyville Heritage defeated Carroll 57-43 in a playoff for the fourth seed in District 7-6A. The Dragons, who trailed by one at the half, were led by Hunter Summy’s 13 points. Lil Jordan Humphrey and Joey McCormick each had 11 points. Heritage pulled away in the third quarter taking an eight-point lead entering the fourth quarter. The Dragons finished the season 13-13.


Mission Success: NASA Launch Party Draws Big Crowd

NASA MMS Challenge Top StudentsThe NASA Launch Party last Friday at Johnson Elementary and the Carroll ISD Observatory was a successful mission. More than 60 Eubanks Intermediate and Dawson Middle School students participated as leaders to present as an Engineer, Scientist, Artist, or Journalist to spread the message of  NASA’s Multiscale Magnetopshere.

It was a tremendous success both locally and globally. Students, teachers and leaders provided an outstanding example of how passion can be directed and communicated via digital technology to foster student voice towards professional life-long learning. The event was a reminder of how outstanding organizations like NASA and Carroll ISD leverage STEAM career skill sets to solve real world problems and deliver innovative solutions.

The event drew a standing-room-only crowd to hear speakers in the JES auditorium. Parents and students also had the chance to view Mars and Jupiter in the observatory.

A special congratulations to Mason Moorse (NASA MMS Engineer) Eri Pilon (NASA MMS Space Weather Journalist), Caitlyn Midkiff and Anisha Kanukolanu (NASA MMS Scientists), and Dawson Middle School Advanced Art 3 students (NASA MMS Artists) for a job well done. Parents are encouraged to upload photos to NASA’s MMS flicker page at .

View a photo album from the event on Carroll ISD’s official Facebook page.