DENTON, Texas -- Inside one of the classrooms at Denton High School, today’s lesson is psychology. But teacher Harold Jackson has spent a lot of time teaching history in the gym.
As the boys’ basketball coach, Jackson knew this would be a rebuilding year. The Broncos lost four starters from last year’s team.
That team came within one game of winning the district title for the first time in a very long time.
“It’s been a real struggle,” Jackson said.
“I thought we had one. I just didn’t know when,” senior forward Jalin Brown said.
His teammate, Tyrus Johnson contemplated several seconds before guessing.
“The 70s maybe?”
It’s been that long.
The last time the Denton boys’ basketball team won district was 1991, almost a full decade before any of these guys were born.
So, with a roster of new faces, Coach Jackson encouraged his guys, over the next few years, to do something remarkable.
But remarkable just couldn’t wait.
“Now’s the time. It’s our calling place,” Johnson said.
Whether coming early, staying late or just running faster, these kids were determined to do whatever it took to chase that district championship.
And wouldn’t you know it, just last week they ended 26 years of frustration by earning at least a share of that district championship.