After an overwhelming interest from citizens to participate in Boards and Commissions in 2014, the Duncanville City Council created several new Commissions, including the Duncanville Sports Legacy Commission. The Duncanville Sports Legacy Commission’s mission is memorializing, promoting and leveraging the basketball history of Duncanville, past and present, and to officially brand the City of Duncanville as the “Basketball Capital of Texas”. Members include Tammi Abney, Chairperson, Stan Smith, Vice Chairperson, Miranda Lee, Curator, James W. Powers, III, and Grady Smithey. The City Council Liaison to the Duncanville Sports Legacy Commission is Steven Rutherford, Councilmember District 2.
Advisory Board and Commissions serve a vital role as community volunteers for the City of Duncanville. They play a very important role in City Government by providing the City Council with creative ideas, feedback from the community and serving as a sounding board for proposed public policy. Duncanville’s brand and moniker of “City of Champions” is a direct result of the vast number of University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Championships won by its athletic and marching band/fine arts programs. In the City Council’s Organizational Workplan for FY2015-2016, one of the City Council’s “Capstones” and “Pillars” for Duncanville’s Future Vision is to “Be the basketball capital of Texas”.
In an effort to meet its mission statement of memorializing, promoting and leveraging the basketball history of Duncanville, the Duncanville Sports Legacy Commission has created a network of display cases to memorialize its basketball history. The first feature is currently on display in the lobby at Duncanville City Hall located at 203 E. Wheatland Road. The display features memorabilia from the 1950-51 and 1975-76 Duncanville High School Pantherette basketball teams. The 1950-51 squad was the Pantherette’s first UIL state tournament participant and a semi-finalist that year. The 1975-76 squad was the Pantherette’s first UIL State Champion. The display includes photos of each team, uniform memorabilia, and Panther Yearbooks from 1950 and 1951. Please visit City Hall to see the display
If there are any citizens who may have access to any Duncanville High School sports memorabilia (i.e. medals, uniforms, articles, etc.) and would like to have the memorabilia featured in a display, please contact Duncanville Sports Legacy Commission staff liaison Brunswick O. Morton at (972) 780-5058.