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North Dallas has longest drought in Class 4A
November 4, 2012North Dallas High School Booster Club
Greg Tepper of Dave Campbell's Texas Football wrote in April about schools with the longest playoff droughts. North Dallas is the school with the longest Class 4A drought -- 60 years. In 1953, North Dallas actually tied with Woodrow Wilson for the district lead in 1953, but Woodrow advanced to the playoffs.
— Gary Piña
April 11, 2012
All work, no playoffs
Which long-suffering high school team is most likely to break their playoff drought? Dave Campbell’s Texas Football's Greg Tepper examines.
By Greg Tepper
DCTF Associate Editor
Friday, November 4, 2011 is a date that will forever be revered in the small town of Whitesboro, near the Oklahoma border between Sherman and Gainesville. That was the day that the Whitesboro Bearcats throttled rival Pilot Point, 60-7, clinching the program’s first-ever playoff berth stretching all the way back to their first season in 1936.
It also put the teams like Savoy and North Dallas on the hot seat. After all, with Whitesboro’s playoff berth, it was those programs that moved up the pecking order on the list no one wants to be on: the longest playoff droughts in the state.
With Whitesboro off the books, there’s only one team that’s been around since 1980 that’s never made the playoffs: Houston Northbrook. But while the Raiders have been mired without a postseason for their entire existence and have won three games in a season just once since 2004, they’re saved from The List – you know, the list of longest playoff droughts – by virtue of starting 1974.
Instead, each classification has a team that’s sadly carrying the torch of playoff-less misery. Are things looking up for those teams? Let’s take a look:
Class 4A: North Dallas
?Last playoff berth: 1952 (60-year drought)?To put this in perspective, my late grandmother Valaree graduated from North Dallas High School in 1937. I’m sure their football team was gangbusters back then, but the Bulldogs have been one of Dallas ISD’s most hard-luck programs. They were tantalizingly close in 2010, going 5-5 and missing the playoffs by a single game, but alas, this season will mark the 60-year anniversary of the Bulldogs’ last trip to the playoffs. But look out for NDHS this season: the Bulldogs return 15 starters, including LB David Moore on defense, and RB John Jones and QB Jason Medellin on offense. I’m by no means predicting a playoff berth out of District 11-4A, but…well, if they can pull it off, coach Brad Peirson will be on a parade float.
Reprinted with permission from Greg Tepper.