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DeSoto High School Principal Shon Joseph has been named “Texas Outstanding Principal of the Year” by a statewide association and will now compete for a national honor from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the school district announced in a news release.

Joseph has served as a principal for 10 years and in July was selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as his region’s outstanding principal of the year.

“I am humbled by the award,” Joseph said in the news release. “The recognition is reflective of the successful partnership between parents, teachers, students, and staff. It’s special to me to receive this award as a DeSoto Eagle. After over ten years as a high school principal, this is one of the more coveted awards a principal can receive.”

Joseph, a graduate of McNeese State University, later earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from the University of North Texas. He has taught speech, math and English and also coached football, basketball and track. Joseph has overseen the leadership team at DeSoto High School since 2018.

DeSoto High School’s morning custodial supervisor, Jackqueline Dillon, is the 2020 Employee of the year for DeSoto SSC Services for Education.

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DeSoto High School (Texas)

Public high school in DeSoto, Dallas, Texas, United States

DeSoto High School is a comprehensive public high school in DeSoto, Texas, United States. It is part of the DeSoto Independent School District and is classified as a 6A school by the UIL. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

The district, and therefore the school, most of DeSoto and the Dallas County portion of Glenn Heights, and a portion of Ovilla in Dallas County, as well as a small portion of Cedar Hill.[3]

School profile[edit]

From 1956 to 1962, DeSoto High School was located at 200 East Belt Line Road. In 1962, a new campus opened at 601 East Belt Line Road (present-day DeSoto East Junior High). As the district continued to grow, voters approved a $7.5 million bond by a vote of 445-366 in 1973 that contained a provision for the construction of a new high school.

On February 15, 1974, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the new site, 600 Eagle Drive. The building contract was awarded to Central Texas Construction of Terrell at a cost of approximately $3,100,000. The school opened on August 16, 1976.

To relieve overcrowding, an adjoining Freshman Campus opened in 1997 to serve the district's ninth graders.

In 2011 The Dallas Morning News reported that the school "had a lower-than-expected college readiness percentage."[4] In 2011, the district built additions to improve the school's college and career academies.[4] The State of Texas defined "college readiness," or readiness to undergo university studies, by scores on the ACT, SAT, and 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests.

DeSoto High offers International Baccalaureate, early college, and academic magnet programs to better serve the academic needs of its high-achieving students preparing to attend college.[5]

School uniforms[edit]

In the 2005-2006 school year, DeSoto ISD began a mandatory school uniform policy at all of its schools. Formely, the mandatory uniform was:

  • Shirt - yellow, green, black, white, or gray
  • Pants - khaki or black
  • On Fridays, a DeSoto or college shirt may be worn with jeans.

DeSoto ISD, in 2019, has changed the policy and the students no longer have to wear uniforms.

Student demographics[edit]

In the 2014-2015 school year, DeSoto High had a total of 2,238 students in grades 10-12 (82% African American, 3% White, 14% Hispanic, 0.2% Asian, and 0.2% Native American).


The DeSoto Eagles compete in the following sports:[6]

State Championships[edit]

The DeSoto Baseball team won State Championships in 1979 and 1985. [7]

The Lady Eagle track and field team won a State Championship in 2007 followed by three consecutive State Championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013. They also won 5 straight titles in 2016, 2017, 2018 , 2019 and 2021 bringing their total to 9 State Championships. [8]

The Eagle Boy's Track and Field team won State Titles in 2012 and 2016.[9]

The Boys' Basketball team won the Texas 5A State Championship in 2003 and 2009.[10] In 2016, the boys' team won the 6A State Championship, upsetting #1 ranked Atacostia High 73-54.[11]

In 2016, the Varsity Football team won the 6A Division II State Championship in the AT&T Stadium. This was the first State Football Championship in school history.[12]

In 2021, the Varsity Girls Basketball team won the Texas 6A State Championship over an undefeated Cypress Creek High School (Texas). This was the first Girls State Basketball Championship in school history.[13]


For decades, DeSoto High has maintained a popular rivalry against their regional foe the Cedar Hill High School Longhorns. The rivalry has been deemed the "Battle of Belt Line".[14] DeSoto has an even longer rivalry with Duncanville High School.[15]

Marching Band[edit]

DeSoto Eagle Band is a 100+ music group that represents the school at athletic games, band competitions, parades, and other events.[16]

Student Investigation Award[edit]

In January 2005, the school district was investigated by the press for its questionable hiring of an outside "gang consultant". The investigation focused on whether the district truly had a "gang problem" (the local police chief said it did not), or whether the consultant was creating the "problem", since the consultant stood to gain a sizeable contract if in fact a problem existed. The end result is that there was no real gang problem, and the consultant's contract was terminated.

The unique feature of the investigation was that none of the media outlets in the Dallas area had anything to do with it. The investigation was performed solely by the Eagle Eye, the DHS student newspaper. For their role in the story, four members of the newspaper staff received the Courage in Student Journalism Award for their work; the student advisor received the educator's version of the award. Both awards came with $5,000 prizes.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Tatum Bell (class of 1999), former running back for the Denver Broncos
  • Marques Bolden (class of 2016), center, Canton Charge (G League Affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers), 2016 6A State Champion in basketball
  • Patrick Crayton (class of 1997), former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers
  • Steve Foster (class of 1985), Cincinnati Reds pitcher, pitching coach of Colorado Rockies
  • Cyrus Gray (class of 2008), retired running back for the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos
  • Byron Hanspard (class of 1994), former running back for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Tim Hendrix (class of 1993), former tight end for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Ellis Hobbs (class of 2001), former cornerback, New England Patriots
  • Mike Humphreys (class of 1985), retired New York Yankees outfielder
  • Brian Jackson (class of 2005), former cornerback for the New York JetsNew York Giants
  • Tony Jerod-Eddie (class of 2008), former nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Matt Jones (class of 2013), Bank of Taiwan (basketball), 2015 National Champion for Duke University
  • Chris Lacy (class of 2014), wide receiver
  • Jason London (class of 1991), actor
  • Jeremy London (class of 1991), actor
  • Von Miller (class of 2007), linebacker for the Denver Broncos
  • Jalen Mills (class of 2012), cornerback for the New England Patriots[18]
  • Marcus Murphy (class of 2010), running back
  • Zach Orr (class of 2010), Outside Linebacker coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, former linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens
  • Casey Printers (class of 1999), former quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Mark Simmons (class of 2002), former wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers
  • Mike Thomas (class of 2005), former wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Marcus Tubbs (class of 1999), former defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Howard Wilson (class of 2014), former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns
  • Jimmy Wyrick (class of 1995), former cornerback for the Detroit Lions
  • Laviska Shenault (class of 2017), wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Erica Banks (class of 2017), rapper


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  2. ^"2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016.
  3. ^"SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Dallas County, TX"(PDF). 2010 U.S. Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  4. ^ abHacker, Holly K. "Analysis shows true Texas high school performance, stripping away socioeconomic factors." The Dallas Morning News. September 3, 2011. Retrieved on February 10, 2012.
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  12. ^"DeSoto finally on the right side of history; Eagles shut door on Steele for school's long-awaited first state title". December 18, 2016.
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  15. ^"Cedar Hill (TX) High School Sports - Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, and more | MaxPreps".
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  17. ^"Texas students, adviser receive Courage in Student Journalism Awards". Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  18. ^"Jalen Mills, Philadelphia Eagles".

External links[edit]

Visiting DeSoto High School - Starring Cuharters, Sv_ra, and the Principal!

DeSoto High Principal Shon Joseph Named Texas Outstanding Principal Of The Year

DeSOTO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – DeSoto High School Principal Shon Joseph has been named Texas Outstanding Principal of the Year by the the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

As a result, he will compete for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Principal of the Year.

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Joseph has headed the leadership team at DeSoto High since 2018, but has been a principal for the past decade.

“I am humbled by the award,” Joseph said in a statement. “The recognition is reflective of the successful partnership between parents, teachers, students, and staff. It’s special to me to receive this award as a DeSoto Eagle. After over ten years as a high school principal, this is one of the more coveted awards a principal can receive.”

DeSoto High School Principal Shon Joseph (credit: DeSoto ISD)

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The NASSP National Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.

Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select one middle level or high school principal to represent their state.

From these state winners, three finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award. The NASSP National Principal of the Year is selected from among the finalists.

Joseph attended McNeese State University and earned a bachelor’s degree, continuing to the University of North Texas where he earned his Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration. His career in education includes service as a speech, math, and English teacher. In addition, Joseph has coached football, basketball, and track.

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