50th anniversary of Wildcat state basketball title

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.

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