Written by Brandon George
With A. Maceo Smith closing, most athletes to play next year at reopened Wilmer-Hutchins in Class 3A
A. Maceo Smith is closing its doors at the end of this school year, which means all returning high school athletes will have to play for other teams next year.
Dallas ISD athletic director Jeff Johnson said about 80 percent of A. Maceo Smith's student body would attend the reopened Wilmer-Hutchins next school year with the others being split among Roosevelt and South Oak Cliff. A. Maceo Smith football coach/athletic coordinator Elzie Barnett will take over the same positions at Wilmer-Hutchins next school year, Johnson said.
Also, Wilmer-Hutchins will take the place of A. Maceo Smith in District 12-3A and take over the same schedules in all sports, Johnson said. Wilmer-Hutchins will have all four grades of high school and compete in varsity athletics in all sports, Johnson said.
Johnson said the Dallas ISD has already redrawn the district lines for the reopened Wilmer-Hutchins, South Oak Cliff and Roosevelt and it's in draft form, still awaiting final approval. Johnson said once the new district lines gain final approval, students and their parents at A. Maceo Smith would be informed of where the students will attend school next year.
That means running back/defensive back LaDarrell McNeil and wide receiver/defensive back Damien Lawry, both seniors next year who are among the area's top football recruits in the Class of 2012, will likely attend Wilmer-Hutchins next season and play again for Barnett. But that's anyone's guess at this point. Barnett, McNeil and Lawry haven't returned phone calls to answer that question. I did get the chance to ask Barnett in a text message to his cell phone where McNeil and Lawry would attend school next year, and his response was, "I can't say."