Aug 8, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT
Welcome to Allen High School (notable alumni: Playboy centerfold Julie McCullough, 1983; Dodgers pitcher Shawn Tolleson, 2006). But football is the name of the game in this Dallas suburb. Allen High has 5,000 students, and is football crazy even by Texas standards. Evidence: Witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational $60 million Allen Eagle Stadium.
Sorry, it was only $59.6 million, actually. The 18,000 seat project features a video scoreboard (of course), multi-level press box, weight room, wrestling room, and the always popular indoor golf facility. How was it funded, you ask? Candy sales! No, actually, it was a $119 million bond package approved by voters in 2009. Official opening will be Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 as Allen plays host to defending 5A State Champion Southlake Carroll.
So, too much? You be the judge.
Correction: A friend tells me that Allen isn’t really considered a suburb of Dallas. Let’s just say it’s close by. Am told a lot of rich folks are moving there from South Dallas.
By the way, Allen High has the largest high school marching band in the world, according to Wikipedia.
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