Wildcat tracks

It is just a family tradition: Dallas Cowboys football, grueling workouts and white leather go-go boots. Second-generation Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Carrie Chapman, a 1987 LHHS graduate, just returned from the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to ride through Downtown Dallas in the ticket-tape parade.

Carrie is following in her aunt’s footsteps as a Cowboys Cheerleader. Kitty Chapman Carter, a resident of Lake Highlands and owner/director of the infamous Kitty Carter’s Dance Factory, was a cheerleader for The Boys from 1973-75.

When she’s not busy leading thousands of fans in cheers, shooting a TV spot or performing at a benefit, you can find Carrie teaching dance to hundreds of students at her aunt’s dance studio on Abrams Road.

And yes, Carrie is featured on her own Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Collector’s Card. No autographs, please.

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Another talented member of the dynamic Chapman clan is Robin Chapman Phillips (’85). Robin was recently chosen to tour for a summer with the Dance Company Caravan.

After completing her tour around the U.S., Robin came back to teach with Kitty. Her groups of selected students have won many awards and much recognition.

Robin has been married almost three years to Troy Phillips and has a daughter, Rumer Noel. Rumer will undoubtedly carry those creative genes into a whole new generation of rhythm.

You might want to drag out that old pair of Converse high-tops and run down to Austin for the presentation honoring the Wildcats 1968 state basketball champs.

At 2:30 p.m. on March 13, during the state basketball playoffs in Austin, the Interscholastic League of Texas will introduce and acknowledge the ’68 Wildcats for their championship victory.

Team members include: Jerry Allen, Bill Brock, Reggie Duck, Gary Grinsfelder, Emil Jacobs, Robert LaFevers, Richard Langdon, George Parker, Wyatt Standifer, Robert Schmidth, Mike Scobee, Doug Tanck, Eric Teter and Cleve Wrytener.

Coach Bob Stamps and his assistant coach, Gene Coppedge, will also be honored.

Stamps is now RISD athletic director and Coppedge is retired but still living in the Lake Highlands area.

When Gary Grinsfelder is in Austin receiving honors for the basketball championship, you can find his twin brothers, David and Robert (’70, and also known as the Grins Twins) living and working in the LH area.

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David (appropriately, Dr. Grins) has a dental practice on Forest Lane in LH. He married high school steady Sally Russell (’70). They have five children.

Their oldest daughter will be a senior at LH next year. Robert Grinsfelder is associate director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Dallas. Robert married a Richardson Eagle. Lisa Eldridge Grinsfelder, RHS ’71, did see the error of her ways, however and came to Lake Highlands to teach. She is a science teacher at Forest Meadows Jr. High, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1987. Lisa and Robert have two daughters.

We noticed that Lisa Grinsfelder is one of many rival grads who have come to the LH area to work. We also found Lisa Davis, ’85 Plano, teaching fourth grade at Northlake Elementary.

Kim Crider Terry, ’79 Richardson and Eden Keeney Moore, ’86 Richardson, teach third graders at White Rock Elementary. Patsy Foster Griffith, ’66 Richardson, teaches fourth grade at White Rock Elementary.

(Patsy’s dad, Olen Foster, was White Rock Elementary’s first principal. He served from 1961 through 1978.).

The current principal of White Rock Elementary is Martha Thompson Murdoch. Martha attended Northlake Elementary before graduating from LH in 1976. Martha can’t seem to get away from Ted Moulton, however. When she was a student at Northlake Elementary, Ted was her principal. Now that she is a principal, Ted is her area supervisor.

Craig Keith is student counselor at White Rock Elementary. He attended the school and graduated from LH in 1973.

Michelle Cummins Newton also ran the halls of White Rock as a student and graduated from Lake Highlands in 1982. Michelle now teaches second grade at White Rock Elementary.

Kathy Baird McAllister didn’t attend White Rock but she teaches there. She attended Wallace Elementary before graduating from LH in 1974 and made the trip over to White Rock as a first grade teacher.

One final note: A foundation is being established to assist Lake Highlands youth who are interested in organized sports but cannot afford to participate. If you would like to be involved, make a donation or if you know of a Lake Highlands athlete who needs financial assistance, call the Tom Knox Memorial Youth Fund at 380-3378.

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