Good thing that next week is finals week (meaning early release of students) at Woodroow, so the parking lots will be mostly cleared out by the time the Super Bowl Host Committee takes over the area for its 2 p.m. "Century in the Making" party in the school auditorium. Just about every big name in North Texas, and just about every big name in Cowboy football, is expected to attend, including former Cowboys Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston, Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, Michael Irvin, Mean Joe Green (Pittsburgh Steeler and UNT alum), and even Craig James, the former SMU great tagged with ending the Mike Leach era at Texas Tech. Numerous city and DISD dignitaries will be stuffed into the auditorium’s famed hard-wood seats, too.

After all kinds of hoopla and excitement featuring Woodrow’s cheerleaders, band and mascot hopping around outside the school, Brad Sham will emcee the one-hour program. It’s being held at Woodrow to commemorate the school’s notoriety as the only public high school in the U.S. to graduate two Heisman Trophy winners: Tim Brown and Davey O’Brien. Brown will be attending the event, as will O’Brien’s son David, and both will present a plaque honoring the school to Woodrow alum and principal Ruth Vail.

The bad news: If you don’t already have one of the party’s 1,000 tickets, you can’t get one, according to event organizers. There is some good news for neighbors, though: I stopped by the school today, and DISD work-crews were busy repainting the auditorium and repairing lingering potholes (that honking one at the entrance to the lot between Long and Woodrow has been fortuitously filled in).

Just a coincidence that the work happens to precede next week’s big party, I imagine.



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