Category Archives: Dawson High School

Pearland loses promising Dawson High School student

By Stacey Glaesmann and Kristi Nix

GrayThe Pearland community lost a promising young man Tuesday (Jan. 12). Joshua Gray, a junior at Dawson High School, was rushed to the hospital after experiencing severe stomach pains. He was in emergency surgery when he passed away.

Gray was an advanced student and was active on the golf team.

Dawson High School counselors are available for students who need to process this loss.

A GoFundMe account has been set up in Gray’s memory. “Josh and his family have been a source of comfort for so many people so many times. Please flood them with your prayers and give what you can,” it reads. To donate, visit

Dawson High School Ovation Theatre To Present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

H2Finchwgals-300x300Success in business requires training, discipline and hard work. Or not.

Dawson High School’s highly-acclaimed Ovation Theatre will be presenting one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time. “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is a delightful musical satire of corporate life and office politics, packed with memorable songs such as “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man”, “Coffee Break” and “Been a Long Day.” Winner of both the Tony and Pulitzer Prize for its 1961 debut, this musical has earned its status as a classic, not-to-be-missed musical comedy treat, and Ovation Theatre invites the business and local community to “step into our office” and witness the inner workings of big business on the stage! The 96-member student cast is sure to delight audiences of all ages!

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, January 28-30 and February 4-6, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Ovation Theatre at Dawson High School.

January 28 is Business Leaders Night, with a complimentary reception at 6:30pm.

Area businesses can enter to win a “Coffee Break” with the cast, and they bring the coffee! Email your name to  with the subject: COFFEE BREAK by January 22. Winner will be announced at the Mixer.

Februray 4th is Community Groups and Seniors Night (priority seating is available for Seniors). Tickets are available online, at Groups of 10 or more may contact Mr. Fillingim at for group seating.

District celebrates 226 students with top AP exam scores


AP5Pearland Independent School District proudly recognizes students who made the highest score possible on at least one Advanced Placement exam in 2014-15.

Dawson, Pearland and Turner College and Career high schools collectively boasted 226 students who earned the perfect 5 score.

Administrators and faculty from all three schools presented yard signs to students proclaiming their accomplishment.

“Scoring a 5 on an AP exam is a great achievement for our students and their teachers. This accomplishment shows the community we are focused on creating college-ready graduates,” Margo Gigee, director of Advanced Academics, said.

Designed to offer more depth and challenge than traditional classes, AP courses help prepare high school students for the college classroom.

At the end of each AP course, students may also take an AP exam for an opportunity to earn college credit. The highest score of 5 indicates a student is “extremely well-qualified” in that course.

In 2015, only 14 percent of all students worldwide who took an AP exam scored a 5.

Dawson High’s Ovation Theatre presents “Twelfth Night”

A strange love triangle ensues in Dawson High School’s production of “Twelfth Night” as Orsino (Antonio Lasanta, far right) falls for Lady Olivia (Rola Elkhatib, middle), who in turn falls for his disguised pageboy Cesario (Lauren Bass, far left).

A strange love triangle ensues in Dawson High School’s production of “Twelfth Night” as Orsino (Antonio Lasanta, far right) falls for Lady Olivia (Rola Elkhatib, middle), who in turn falls for his disguised pageboy Cesario (Lauren Bass, far left).

Mistaken identities and misplaced siblings lead to madcap fun in Dawson High School Ovation Theatre’s production of the Shakespearean comedy “Twelfth Night.”

The play will run Oct. 13-15 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the campus auditorium.

Nobleman Orsino pines for Lady Olivia, who is in mourning for her dead brother.

Meanwhile, siblings Viola and Sebastian — separated by a shipwreck — fear each other has drowned.

Destitute, Viola disguises herself as a man, Cesario, and becomes a page to Orsino.

A love triangle results as Viola falls for her employer, and Lady Olivia falls for the disguised Cesario.

When Viola’s very-much-alive brother turns up — looking very much like Cesario — the plot thickens.

Pre-sale tickets are $6 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults. Tickets are $8 at the door.

For tickets, e-mail

Dawson vs. Pearland Ticket Info for DHS Fans

Dawson Eagle Football Fans,

12047112_1028858597145429_3049894500002400573_nMonday, tickets will go on sale for the October 2nd Dawson Eagles vs. Pearland Oilers football game. This year, the Eagles are on the home side. To help facilitate Eagle fans in purchasing tickets, ALL general admission and reserved tickets will go on sale AT Dawson High School, Monday morning at 6:00 am. No online tickets for the home side will be available online until Wednesday.

To ensure you get a ticket, make plans to purchase your tickets on campus Monday or Tuesday from 6:15 am to 2:15 pm. Don’t wait to purchase your tickets! We anticipate this game will SELL OUT by Wednesday!!!

Season ticket holders do not need to purchase tickets.

Ten Pearland ISD students to compete for National Merit scholarships

Dawson High School National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists include (from left) Allen Qiu, Alister O’Dowd, Benjamin Muthalaly, Conrad Liu, Yixin He, Akshat Kumar, Sachin Aggarwal and Rachel Stroh.

Dawson High School National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists include (from left) Allen Qiu, Alister O’Dowd, Benjamin Muthalaly, Conrad Liu, Yixin He, Akshat Kumar, Sachin Aggarwal and Rachel Stroh.

Pearland Independent School District proudly announces 10 semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

These semifinalists include Pearland High School’s SaraBeth Matthews and Tiana Scott and Dawson High School’s Sachin Aggarwal, Yixin He, Akshat Kumar, Conrad Liu, Benjamin Muthalaly, Alister O’Dowd, Allen Qiu and Rachel Stroh.

Only about 16,000 students — less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors — reached the semifinalist stage this year, thanks to high scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test during their junior year.

More than 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 scholarship program by taking the PSAT.

About National Merit Scholarship Program

In spring 2016, semifinalists who advance to the finalist round will compete for approximately 7,400 National Merit scholarships worth about $32 million.

Pearland High School students SaraBeth Matthews (left) and Tiana Scott rank as semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Pearland High School students SaraBeth Matthews (left) and Tiana Scott rank as semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

To become Merit Scholar finalists, students must not only have outstanding academic records throughout high school but also earn high SAT scores and demonstrate leadership in school and community activities.

Finalists will compete for the following awards:

• 2,500 National Merit scholarships (worth $2,500 each) awarded on a state-representational basis

• 1,000 corporate-sponsored National Merit scholarships provided by approximately 250 corporations/businesses

• 3,900 college-sponsored National Merit scholarships from 190 colleges and universities for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution

Pearland ISD officials: Overcrowding at Dawson could open door to 2016 bond election

Additional portable buildings provide needed classroom space to ease overcrowding at Dawson High School this year. But the long term solution will likely involve a November 2016 bond election, district administrators recently told trustees.

At a board meeting held Tuesday (Sept. 8), Don Tillis, Pearland ISD Director of Facilities and Planning, outlined a study showing enrollment counts and future projections. The report indicated two elementary schools are expected to exceed capacity next year and Berry Miller Junior High and Lawhon Elementary are already above capacity. Those issues could be addressed through “spot-rezoning” Tillis said. But Dawson High School, which has already exceeded its estimated maximum capacity by more than 400 students, is a different matter.

“That’s most likely something we’re going to have to address with a bond,” Tillis said.

Dawson High School was built in 2007 and was designed to house roughly 2,000 students.

According to the demographics report prepared by Templeton Demographics, enrollment at Pearland High School is expected to reach an all-time high of 3,214 next year. Trustee Charles Gooden questioned if overcrowding would become an issue there as well in the future. Although the campus is designed to offer sufficient classroom space for up to 3,850 students, district officials had previously speculated that having that many students might cause crowding problems in the hallways between classes and would add strain to the fine arts and sports programs, Trustee Pam Boegler said.

“My biggest concern right now is Dawson High School,” Boegler said.

“We worry about that. I think our short term answer is portables. We put a bunch there this year,” Superintendent Dr. John Kelly said.

Going forward, Dawson enrollment is expected to reach 2,500 by 2021.

“Long term, Don and I are convinced a new wing and other facilities are going to have to go into Dawson in that November 2016 bond election,” Dr. Kelly Said.

Another concern mentioned was overcrowding at Cockrell Elementary, which is expected to have 951 students next year and will exceed its estimated maximum capacity of 858 by 93 students. Enrollment this year came in just shy of that number at 854 students.

Harris Elementary School, which has an estimated maximum capacity of 770, has 745 students this year and is expected to reach an enrollment of 799 students next year.

Lawhon Elementary, which has an estimated maximum capacity of 638, reached an enrollment of 717 students this year and is expected to have 708 students next year.

Overall, the district gained 502 students this year to a total of 21,051. Over the next five years, the district expects enrollment to grow less than two percent each year to an expected total of 22,104 in 2020. In 2025, enrollment is expected to reach 22,801.

The demographics study also showed the racial makeup of the district’s student population has grown more diverse over the past five years. In 2014-15, roughly 30.6 percent of the student population was Hispanic, up from 26.1 percent in 2010-11. Roughly 40 percent of the student population was white last year, down from 44.7 percent five years ago. The population of African American students has gone from 16.3 percent in 2010-11 to 16 percent last year and Asian students have gone from 9.6 percent in 2010-11 to 10 percent last year.

On average, more than one of every four Pearland ISD students are considered economically disadvantaged with the percentage showing a slight increase over the last five years. In 2014-15, roughly 27 percent of the student population was economically disadvantaged, up from 26.4 percent five years ago.

Trustees took no formal action following the presentation.

“I see our next step is the community facilities committee gets together, looks at this report first and then goes out and looks at some of these campuses and the overcrowding issues and then builds that into the November 2016 bond election,” Dr. Kelly told trustees at the end of the discussion.

“House Divided” Shirts Available Thru Sept. 23

12009648_1025696234128332_2510969637108237548_nAre you an Oiler and Eagle fan? Our “House Divided” shirts are now on sale for the Oct. 2 Dawson v. Pearland Football Game!!

All proceeds benefit the Foundation and our teaching grants program.
Order Information and Online Form at:

Act Quick! Deadline is Wed. Sept. 23.


DHS Band Spirit Day at Racer’s Edge Sept. 16


Dawson Diamonds to Host Dance Clinic

logoYou have watched them dance all season long, and now is your opportunity to perform with the Dawson Diamonds during their Junior Dance Clinic.  

The clinic is open to dancers of all skill levels in grades K-6.  The clinic will be held Saturday, October 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dawson High School.  

Plus, all participants will perform during the pre-game at the Dawson Football game on Friday, October 30th.  A $45 registration fee includes a ticket to the football game for the participant, a Diamond bag, Diamond t-shirt, poms, hair ribbon, and pizza with the Diamonds.  

Please see our website at or email for additional information.