The “Flyin Wildcats” Legacy

After leading the team dubbed the “Firehouse Five” to 3 Texas state titles, Coach Robert Hughes left the I.M. Terrell High School Panthers (integration laws) for cross town rivals Paul Laurence Dunbar High School of Ft. Worth, Tx in 1973.

Under the fiery Hughes and known for their frenetic pace, the often loaded Dunbar Wildcats quickly became known as the “Flyin Wildcats.” In 32 seasons as Head Coach at Dunbar, Hughes won 30 district championships, made 17 trips to the state final 4 tournament, and won the state title twice (including 10 championship game appearances).

Hughes coached at Paul Laurence High School until his retirement in 2005.

Robert Hughes amassed a record of 1,333-262 in 47 years at both I.M. Terrell and Dunbar High School.

When asked what was the key ingredient to fueling the powerhouse of the Dunbar Men’s Basketball team, Coach Hughes was quick to point out that he had fantastic players covering over 3 decades at the school.

Below is a list of standout players from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (DHS):

Willie Ashley  – c/o ’79

Darrell Browder –  c/o ’79 (Texas Christian University’s (TCU) all-time leading scorer, Houston Rockets free agent)

Derrick “Shake” Daniels – c/o ’88 (Graduated from DHS as the nation’s all-time leader in assist, 4 year starter at DHS, 4 year starter at the University of Houston)

Gary “Big C” Collier – c/o ’90 (Graduated as the University of Tulsa’s all-time leading scorer, ’94 drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, 12 year international pro)

Otis “Lil O” Evans – c/o ’91 (Drake University/St. Mary’s College, DHS all-time leader in steals)

Dayo Holloway – c/o ’91 (St. Mary’s College, scored a game high 39 points against top ranked Oak Hill, VA in DHS’s 87-59 victory)

Quincy Alexander – c/o ’92 (University of North Carolina (UNC) -Charlotte, 8 year international pro)

Anthony Burks – c/o ’93 (Texas state tourney 1st team selection ’93, scored a team high 26 points to lead DHS back from a 17 point deficit in the semifinal game of the state tournament ’93. Attended Texas A&M his freshman season before later transferring to TCU.)

Charles “Spider” Smith – c/o ’93 (Texas state tourney MVP ’93, graduated University of New Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, drafted by the Miami Heat 22nd overall in ’97, NBA 7 year pro, 2 time Euroleague MVP, 3 time Euroleague leading scorer, 8 year international pro)

Mike Byars – c/o ’97 (Newcomer of the Year in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX  metroplex ’95,  Fort Worth Star-Telegram Player of the Year ’97, 1st team all-state ’97, Big East Conference 2nd team all-rookie selection with the University of Miami ’98, Southland Conference tourney MVP ’01 Northwestern St. University, French League Rookie of the Year ’03, Multiple NBA free agent tryouts, 10 year international pro)

Demetric Shaw Jr. – c/o ’97 (1st team all-county Fort Worth Star-Telegram Team, starter for the Elite-8 Kent State University team ’02, Mid-American Conference (MAC) Defensive Player of the Year 2 years ’01-’02, scored 74 points in a Federation International Basketball Association (FIBA) playoff game in top league Mexico, 11 year international pro)

Lance Jackson – c/o ’03 (4 year member of the varsity squad at DHS ’98-’02, 1st team all-state ’03, known for his high wire dunks and silky smooth jumpshot, Texas A&M-Kingsville University)

Jeremis Smith – c/o ’04 (4 year starter at DHS, Texas state tourney MVP ’03, 1st team-all state ’03, Georgia Tech University starter 3 years, current international pro in top league Uruaguay)

Chris Roberts – c/o ’06 (2 year starter at DHS, Bradley University top 10 all-time scorer, College Dunk Contest Champion ’10, current international pro in top league Italy, D-League 1st-team ’12)