Justin F. Kimball High School is a public secondary school in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas (USA). Justin F. Kimball High School enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District. The school is named in honor of Justin Ford Kimball, a prominent and successful citizen of Texas, former school superintendent, and founder of a predecessor of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.HistoryKimball opened its doors in 1958, graduating its first class in 1960 with 165 students. Dr. W.P. Durrett served as the founding principal of the school. His tenure of sixteen (16) years ran from 1958 until his retirement in 1974, and was longer than any principal succeeding him. Through his inspiring and dynamic leadership, the student body established the traditions and values of the school. An annual scholarship award in his name is granted each year by the Kimball Alumni Association to two outstanding students who demonstrate academic and leadership successes.Although Dallas ISD began integrating high school campuses in 1965-1966 school year, Kimball's student body was primarily Caucasian until the late 1970s. The ethnic makeup of the student body changed gradually during the 1980s, and by 1990 Kimball's students were almost entirely African-American. Today, Kimball is more evenly split between African-American, Hispanic and other ethnic students. When Moisés E. Molina High School opened in 1996, attendance boundaries were redrawn and many areas that had attended Kimball for decades were rezoned to the new school.
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