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Texas school’s enormous $750,000 Jumbotron (yep) will be largest in high school sports

Aug 24, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT


Remember a while back when we showed you a $60 million high school football stadium? Think was impressive? Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational $750,000 high school football stadium Jumbotron.

It’s going up in Texas, of course — at Carthage High School (southeast of Dallas, near the Louisiana border). Vital statistics:

Cost: $750,000.

Scoreboard: 26 feet high, 44 feet wide.

Screen: 1,200 square feet.

“It is the biggest screen in the world in high schools,” said Carthage ISD Athletic Director Scott Surratt.

Although not the biggest scoreboard. Heaven knows where that is.

According to the Longview, Texas News-Journal, public reaction has been mixed. One resident, Dennis English, says “It is just a lot of extra money that does not need to be spent. It ain’t about the kids; it’s about pleasing the adults.”

Funding for the scoreboard was approved by Carthage Independent School District voters through a bond election. The scoreboard was actually built in 2008, with room provided then for a giant Jumbotron.

In defending the nation’s biggest high school wide screen TV, Carthage administrators say it will attract students to the school’s broadcast journalism program (Carthage has its own leased cable channel). Fun fact: it takes eight people just to run the scoreboard/Jumbotron during games.

It will also generate advertising revenue: businesses have committed $35,000 this year to be featured on the big screen, says the school.

Carthage won state section 3A/Division 2 football titles in 2008, ’09 and ’10.

Photo courtesy Carthage ISD.

  1. lewp - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Not sure how this school district has so much money for this type of scoreboard, but I can tell you my old high school in west Texas, Sweetwater, is Class 3A as well, and it’s pretty slim pickens out there as far as money for schools is concerned. By the way, there is much talk about where the money goes from all the wind mills that have been erected out there for use as wind energy. Perhaps someone should research and find out if the electric companies are paying the school districts as promised.

    • suhdidntstompanyone - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Maybe you should do it

  2. manchestermiracle - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Most schools in Texas suck because jerks like the governor don’t want to fund them. Does anyone really think a three-quarter-of-a-million dollar TV is going to improve education in any way? Sad to see college-style money-grubbing moving down to the high school level.