The Terrell Independent School District held a ceremony on Friday, April 5 honoring the 1980 Terrell High School state champion track team at the newly renovated track and field at Terrell High School.
The event was attended by members from the Terrell ISD school board, Terrell ISD administrators, City of Terrell, Terrell Chamber of Commerce, Terrell High School 1980 track athletes and coaches along with their family.
In January 2018, the Terrell ISD Board of Trustees approved a budget amendment to fund facility renovations at the Terrell High School track and field complex. Renovations were made to the lights, sod, grass, irrigation system and fence.
“One thing this school board has always had a commitment to is providing the best quality education, including teachers and facilities. This track is a result of their commitment,” Micheal French, Terrell ISD superintendent, said.
French said renovations at the Terrell High School track and field complex were overdue.
“It has been too many years since Terrell High School has been able to host a home district track meet. We’re excited to see that change,” French said. “We look forward to seeing these stands full of parents and community members cheering for the future championship contenders.”
French said the 1980 Terrell High School Class 3A state champion track team set the benchmark.
“These men have committed their legacy to Terrell High School history and they should be incredibly proud of your accomplishments,” French said. “But records are meant to be broken. I’m sure we can all agree that we hope to have many more track and field state championships to our record books.”
Buster Leaf, Terrell High School athletic director, said the Terrell High School track and field athletes and the Terrell High School track and field complex were at the center of the notoriety of track meets in the area during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
“Darryl Malone speeding around the track with smooth determination. Rory Malone exploding down the lane, accelerating with each powerful stride. Arthur Lee McCullar flying off the curve with his hair blown back by the force. Gary Robertson gliding effortlessly with beautiful long strides. Richard Tolbert running and jumping like no other. These gentlemen dominated the state sprint and mile relay and posted marks that were among the best in the state and across the nation,” Leaf said talking to the 1980 Terrell High School track members. “Of course like any successful team, they were spearheaded by an exceptional leader, Coach Robert Daniels, mentor, motivator, innovator and strategist, guided this talented group and brought out their absolute best.”