Longtime W.T. White High School choir director Michael Parker is going out on a high note.
Parker is retiring after a 41-year career that included numerous awards for his choirs at WTW and Cary Middle School. Several of his performers have earned recognition at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble contest. He has been named a teacher of the year at all four campuses at which he’s taught. He’s written several original music reviews. The accolades go on and on.
Parker will direct his final performance of the Showstoppers choir tonight at a special venue — the Meyerson Symphony Center. The concert, called “Mr. Parker’s Opus,” will include an appearance by the W.T. White Alumni Choir.
“I am thrilled and honored to have my final concert with these beautiful students at the Meyerson,” Parker said. “It’s a dream to be able have them perform in this venue. They work very hard and I hope this is seen as a tribute to their work, too.”
This news comes to us from freelance writer David McNabb:
Legendary W.T. White baseball coach David Shepherd, 71, said he’s retiring from coaching a program he’s been in charge of since 1980.
Under Shepherd, the Longhorns just finished their 32nd consecutive state playoff appearance. He’s had hundreds of players receive college scholarships over the years and coached first-round draft picks like Calvin Murray (1989) and current Detroit Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday.
W.T. White High School opened in 1965, so a committee is forming to plan next year’s 50th anniversary celebration. The first meeting will be at 6:30 on April 30 in the school’s library. Alumni, parents, and neighbors are all welcome.
W.T. White High School’s fourth annual Community Street Fair, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, sounds like quite an affair. Here’s what I’ve been told to expect:
- Booths full of vendors hawking food, jewelry, and clothes
- The Dallas Police Department’s K9 mascot
- A “show and tell” demonstration from Dallas Fire-Rescue
- A classic car show
- Performance by the high school’s ROTC, Jazz Band, and “Gypsy Tambourine”
- A free class courtesy of Twist Power Yoga
- An obstacle course
- Carnival games, including a pie-in-the-face booth
- Food trucks
Admission is free. Raffle tickets will go toward scholarships for graduating seniors. For more information, send an email to StreetFair@wtwcommunity.org.
It sounds like we missed one heck of a baseball game last night between Jesuit and W.T. White. Longhorns pitcher Cason Sherrod threw nine innings of no-hit ball, striking out 17. But Jesuit’s Chris Muller scattered six hits across nine scoreless innings while fanning 11. Jesuit ended up winning 1-0 when Kyle Muller hit a double in the bottom of the 10th inning that plated Chase Jennings. Lucky for us, and you, someone recorded the final play and posted it to YouTube.
Someone has decided that Thursday is “W.T. White Feeder Night” at the DISD Board of Trustees meeting. Families who live in the W.T. White attendance zone are being encouraged to show up in orange T-shirts “so that the Board of Trustees can see how many great involved people we have in our community,” according to an email I received.
Word to the wise: If you’re planning on going, bring a snack. I’ve covered a few DISD board meetings, and none of them wrapped up in a timely manner.
Louisa Meyer, W.T. White High School’s No. 1 cheerleader, dropped me a note to point out that a recent issue of Spirit, the magazine of the Texas A&M Foundation, featured two W.T. White valedictorians — Chandon Adger (2013) and Kelly Albright (2010) — in a single spread.
W.T. White High School will host ‘Meet White Night’ from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. This open house for prospective students will include performances by the school’s band, choir, cheerleaders, dance teams, and JROTC. Students and their parents will also have opportunities to learn about W.T. White’s sports program, student clubs, and three academies (Academy of Business Management, Academy of Engineering, and Academy of Theater Arts).
W.T. White Parent University is a five-week series designed to help parents deal with the struggles that they and their teenage children face during high school. The topics will include communication, family dynamics, responsibility, self-esteem, and homework issues.
The classes will be held Wednesdays — starting this week — in the W.T. White High School library, with morning (9 to 10) and evening (6:30 to 7:30) options. Child care will be provided for the evening classes.
For more information, contact Jason Wallace at 972-502-6208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The W.T. White Dance Department will present “Night of Dance,” the department’s fall showcase, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium, and the price can’t be beat: $2.
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