Trustee, Retired Coach to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Inaugural Phil McNeely Classic

Duncanville ISD

Trustee Phil McNeely

Phil McNeely is a living legend on and off the basketball court. He has served as a member of the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees since 2010. Before retiring, Coach McNeely became the longest-tenured Duncanville High School head basketball coach with 25 years. Under his leadership, the Duncanville High School boys basketball team won three state championship titles in 1991, 1999 and 2007.

To recognize Coach McNeely’s long-standing legacy, Duncanville ISD is hosting a basketball showcase bearing his name – the Phil McNeely Classic. During the classic on Saturday, November 13., Coach McNeely will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at 7 p.m. by the Duncanville ISD Athletics Department.

Many former players have indicated they plan to attend the basketball showcase, including some who are now coaching boys high school basketball teams. Woodrow Wilson Head Coach Corey Johnson and Rock Hill Head Coach Shawn Williams are both former players of Coach McNeely and their teams will play Saturday.

The celebration of Coach McNeely will include family, friends, and longtime supporters excited to recognize his continued service and dedication to students, and commitment to the community. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented center court prior to the final game of the night – Duncanville High School vs. Lancaster High School.

Tickets to attend the Phil McNeely Classic on Saturday, Nov. 13 can be purchased online using this link. The games will take place at Duncanville High School’s Sandra Meadow’s Arena, home of Phil McNeely Court.

2021 Duncanville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting: December 10

In celebration of the Christmas Holiday, the City of Duncanville is hosting the annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting on Friday, December 10, 2021.

This year’s festivities will feature the lighted Christmas Parade down Main Street, pictures with Santa, the Tree Lighting Ceremony, and much more!

Christmas Parade | 7:00 pm

The Parade route starts on Wheatland Rd at Freeman St, heads west and turns right on N Main St then ends in downtown Duncanville.

Residents are welcome to set up blankets and chairs along the parade route to enjoy the fun and creative floats. After the parade, head to downtown for the Tree Lighting Ceremony and festivities!

Various road closures will affect the Wheatland & Main St area beginning at 6:00 pm on December 10.

Enter a Parade Float!

Float entries welcome! There is a $25 float charge and applications are due by Wednesday, December 8.

View the Parade Float Registration form for additional details.

For any questions regarding the parade, call or email the Parks & Recreation Department at (972) 780-5074 or

Tree Lighting, Concert & Festivities | 8:00 pm

Downtown Duncanville near Memorial Park– 101 N. Main St., Duncanville, TX

Join Mayor Barry L. Gordon as he lights the downtown Christmas tree to kick off the holiday festivities, including live performances, singing Christmas carols, yummy food and drink options, bounce houses, games, and much more. Be sure to dress up for pictures with Santa!

Pictures with Santa are located at Ben Franklin Apothecary.

Vendor Opportunities

To inquire about being a vendor for this event, please register with the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Department at the Recreation Center Front Desk located at 201 James Collins Blvd. For any questions regarding being a vendor, call or email the Parks & Recreation Department at (972) 780-5074 or

Street Closures

There will be street closures for the Duncanville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Friday, December 10 between the hours of 6:00 and 10:00 pm.
Expect street closures on Wheatland from Freeman to Main between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 pm AND on Main from Freeman to Davis between the hours of 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Please seek alternate routes Saturday evening, if possible.

Santa Mail

Santa’s Mailbox will be at City Hall – 203 E. Wheatland Rd. beginning Monday, November 29 for children to send their letters to Santa Claus. Drop off your letter to Santa by Monday, December 13 so he can reply before Christmas. Be sure to include your child’s name and a return address.

Football Fans

One of the best things about fall is football season. It’s fun sitting in the stands in the crisp autumn air on Friday nights rooting for your favorite high school team. The band, the cheerleaders, the student section, and families of the players wearing school colors and cheering for their team add to the excitement. All three of my nephews played high school football and it was a thrill to watch them play.

College game day on Saturdays can keep you glued to the tv all day. Predicting the college rankings and watching them change each week is all part of the action. I grew up in Lubbock, Texas and my family would march with the band to Red Raider Stadium and watch Texas Tech take the field.

Watching the Cowboys on Sundays is fun again! I’ve been a loyal fan since the 1970s, so I’ve witnessed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Tailgating before a Thanksgiving game with my whole family to celebrate my parents 50th anniversary is a cherished memory.

If you’re like me and just can’t get enough of football, we have lots of tv shows and movies inspired by the game.

The Blind Side

Draft Day

The Express

Friday Night Lights


Little Giants

The Longshots

Remember the Titans


We Are Marshall

When the Game Stands Tall