The Duncanville ISD Athletic Hall of Honor was established to celebrate excellence and salute the contributions of individuals whose advancement of athletics in Duncanville ISD and beyond has made a profound difference in the lives of our young people. Nominees can be coaches, teachers, administrators, athletes, fans, or booster club members who have contributed significantly to Duncanville ISD athletics programs.
The inductees will be honored Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Tom and Verda Shine Performance Hall at Duncanville High School.
Dave Burton is in his 46th year as a state- licensed board-certified athletic trainer. He retired from Duncanville ISD in 2009 after 30 years. During his tenure with Duncanville Athletics, he was the Head Athletic Trainer from 1979-2002. The athletic training program at Duncanville HS was a well-respected model for the health care of student-athletes in the nation. After 2002, Dave continued to practice athletic training with the district and spent the last 4 years as Athletic Trainer/Coordinator of Middle School Athletic Operations. Five student-trainers during his leadership continued their education and became professional athletic trainers.
Billy J. “TANK” Davis, Jr. graduated from Duncanville High School in 1979. Tank is married to Brenda Davis, also a graduate of DHS, and they reside in East Texas. They have six children and nine grand-children. Tank played baseball for DHS coaches Jay Miller and Mike McDaniel in 1977-1979. Tank received many honors throughout his baseball career. He was named All-District in 1977, 1978 and 1979, All-Metro Player of the Year in 1979, All-District Player of the year in 1979 and Sophomore Player of the Year in 1977. Tank played in the Texas High School All-Star game consisting of the top 18 players in the state in 1979. Many of his records at DHS remain unbroken.
Katie McClelland Glenn graduated from Duncanville High School 1995 as one of the most decorated high school swimmers in the state of Texas. While swimming at DHS, she was a four-time district female swimmer of the year (1992-1995) and a 2-time regional female swimmer of the year (1994-1995). She also earned the distinction as a UIL State champion and 2- time high school All-American. At the UIL state meet, Katie set a state record and was awarded the most outstanding competitor designation. After high school, Katie competed for Southern Methodist University. She was a member of the USA Swimming National Team in 2000 and 2001 and was a World University Games Team member in 2001.
Janice (McJunkin) Savage-Martin graduated from DHS in 1971. She is the sixth generation of her maternal family to live in Duncanville. Janice has three sisters, one son, Brody, daughter-in-law Megan, and granddaughter Parker. She married Steve Martin in 2006.
Janice played basketball for Coach Sandra Meadows from 1968-1971 receiving All-District and letterman honors. Four generations of her family were Duncanville Pantherettes: her grandmother, mother, her niece as well as herself. Janice also lettered in track. In addition to her athletic abilities, she was selected Miss DHS, elected to Student Council Secretary and Treasurer positions and served in the National Honor Society.
Janice was chosen as Duncanville Woman of the Year in 2001 and has served on the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees since 2012.
After retiring from the banking industry, John Thompson and his wife Martha created Green Tree Productions and began producing Duncanville Weekly News, a weekly TV show that focused on sports and the good news in Duncanville. Their slogan was "We Were There" because their plan was to cover every sporting event DHS played. John put his film to extra use by creating highlights of all the season's games and musical highlights for the team banquets. Parents could sit in the stands and enjoy watching their kids play knowing that John was there to record it all for their enjoyment for years to come. Through the years, John has immortalized Duncanville's greatest athletes and coaches. He created a "History of the Pantherettes" video with the only footage of Coach Sandra Meadows sitting mid-court in the old gym talking about her great teams and their traditions. Half the proceeds from the sales were given to the Pantherette Exes Scholarship Foundation.