Hall of Fame Criteria
Hall of Fame members will be chosen from nominees who have raised the level of public awareness and appreciation of high school athletics through their distinguished achievement and excellence in one or more Dallas ISD high school athletic programs or through their professional contributions to high school athletics in other fields of work. Prospective members may include student-athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials, media personnel, sports medicine personnel, athletic trainers, or distinguished volunteers. Nominees may be active or retired from their respective fields and must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character. Nominations to the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame will be accepted on a rolling basis, but must be received by the Dallas ISD Athletics department no later than September 21 for consideration for the following year’s class.
Individuals may be nominated in one of three categories: Past Dallas ISD Student Athlete; Former Dallas ISD Coach; and, Contributors.
- Student-Athlete. A student-athlete is a former student participant who is being nominated for his or her achievements in Dallas ISD high school athletics. To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must have graduated from a Dallas ISD high school 10 or more years ago. Student-athletes will be judged primarily on the basis of their achievements as high school athletes, however consideration may also be given to their achievements on the college or professional levels. Demonstration of integrity and character during and after their high school years will be a major consideration. Candidates may not be members of the selection committee when considered for Hall of Fame induction and must be free of felony violations of the law. Posthumous nominations will also be accepted.
- Coach. Coaches will be considered primarily for their achievements as senior high school coaches. Secondary consideration will be given to the nominee's achievements as a collegiate or professional coach. The nominee's demonstrated character at all levels of his or her career will be considered. To be eligible for nomination, individuals must have served as a Dallas ISD coach for a minimum of five years. Candidates may not be members of the selection committee when considered for Hall of Fame induction and must be free of felony violations of the law. Posthumous nominations will also be accepted.
- Contributor. Contributors are individuals who have made important contributions to Dallas ISD athletics in areas as sports media, sports medicine, athletic director/coordinator, administrator, sports official, sports announcer or supporter. Nominees in this category will be considered primarily on the merits of contributions to Dallas ISD athletics and must have a record of involvement for a minimum of 10 years The nominee's demonstrated character will receive consideration. The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee will decide annually if this award will be presented, as it is not required to be selected every year. Candidates may not be members of the selection committee when considered for Hall of Fame induction and must be free of felony violations of the law. Posthumous nominations will also be accepted.
All nominees will be judged on their significant and/or long-term contributions to Dallas ISD athletics. While many contributors have achieved long and distinguished careers, their accomplishments must have been worthy of districtwide recognition for selection for this honor. Longevity alone will not constitute appropriate credentials for Hall of Fame induction. In determining eligibility for candidacy, the Dallas ISD Hall of Fame Committee may weigh a nominee’s total record of service to athletics going beyond his or her record of service in the nomination category. The Committee also may waive the minimum years of service requirement when exceptional circumstances such as injury, military service, illness, or death prevented an otherwise worthy candidate from meeting the requirement.