LHHS basketball gym before addition of the foyer

It’s been 50 years since Lake Highlands High School won the 1968 3A boys state basketball title, and, boy, that one was a doozy. The Wildcats defeated Lubbock Dunbar 51-49, with former Dallas City Councilman Jerry Allen winning the game on two free throws with just ten seconds remaining. The Cats forced 21 turnovers in the game, and Dunbar missed a chance to tie when they were called by refs for traveling.

That 1967-68 season was the first year for integration of the UIL, and Dunbar was a largely African-American school expected by most to beat LH’s all-white team.

Bob Stamps coached the Wildcats, which finished the year 26-8. Members of the team were Jerry Allen, 5’10” Sr; Bill Brock, 5’11” Jr; Reggie Duck, 6’1” Jr; Gary Grinsfelder, 5’10” Sr; Emil Jacobs, 5’10” Sr; Robert LaFevers, 6’3” Sr; Richard Langdon, 6’8” Sr; George Parker, 6’1” Jr; Bart Patey, 5’9” Sr; Bob Schmidt, 6’5” Sr; Mike Scobee, 5’11” Sr; Wyatt Standifer, 6’1” Jr; Doug Tanck, 6’5” Sr; Eric Teter, 5’10” Jr and Clevie Whitener, 5’11” Sr.