Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees 2007
Without a doubt, Ted Allen has witnessed more Duncanville ISD athletic events than anyone. With over forty years of covering school athletics as a sportswriter, Ted covers all sports for the Duncanville Today Newspaper. Ted has witnessed every DHS state championship and has written about every star athlete in Duncanville since the 1960s. A former sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News, Ted has written for Duncanville since 1967.
A 1985 graduate of Duncanville High School, Ray was a three-year letter winner for the Panthers in football and track. During those three years, Ray was an All-District selection and Dallas All-Metro selection. The Dallas Morning News named Ray to its All-Academic team in 1984.
After high school, Ray was a three year letterman at Baylor University and was a 1987 First Team All-Southwest Conference selection. Ray played in the 1988 Hula Bowl for college All-Stars. Drafted in 1989 in the fourth round by the Detroit Lions, Ray played for fourteen seasons in the National Football League. As a starting cornerback with the Denver Broncos, Ray won two Super Bowl rings.
Coach Kennemer started in Duncanville in 1952 as a basketball and baseball coach and science teacher. Coach Kennemer had great success as a coach and won many district championships in both sports during his coaching tenure.
After raising two sons who graduated from DHS, Coach Kennemer left coaching to teach full time at DHS where he became the head of the Science Department. Coach Kennemer retired after forty-four years of service to Duncanville ISD and has a middle school named in his honor.
Coach Miller was the head baseball coach of the first state champion team in Duncanville history. In 1975, the Panthers won the 4A State Championship and repeated in 1976. Coach Miller’s baseball teams also appeared in the 1977 and 1978 State Baseball Tournament and his teams won 122 games in four years. Coach Miller and the baseball team’s success set a standard for Duncanville ISD Athletics and contributed to the city’s nickname of City of Champions.
A 1987 graduate of DHS, David Nied excelled in three sports. David was named the 1985 Sophomore of the Year in baseball and was named First Team All-District in 1986 and 1987 in football and baseball. Also in 1986 and 1987, David was named Second Team All-District in basketball. In 1987, David was selected as the District Baseball Player of the Year, the All-Metro Baseball Team, the All-State Baseball Team, and played in the Texas High School Baseball All-Star Game. He was also selected to the Academic All-State team in football in 1987.
After high school, David was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourteenth round. David played for nine years in professional baseball with the Braves and the Colorado Rockies.