The Arlington High School
Since 1997 friends and family of Ex-Colts and members of the AHS Alumni Association have nominated former students or "Colts by Choice" to receive the Distinguished Colt Alumni Award.
The Board of Directors selects the annual recipients of the DCA Award.
This award is given to honor the Who's Who among Colt Alumni who have given tirelessly of their time and energy and/or through significant accomplishments in their careers and have brought honor to Arlington High School and our city.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 15, 2013.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 15, 2013.
The Association's honorees for 2012 were introduced at Open House in June and honored again at Homecoming. With this class of Distinguished Colts, we now have 65 on our honor roll. Nominations for 2013 will open with the publication of the Winter newsletter and can be submitted online at www.ahscolts-alumni.org.
DCA Receipants 2012
Doland Maner - Class of 1940
Doland’s family moved to Arlington in 1931. The population of Arlington at that time was around 3,000 people. Doland graduated from the old Arlington High School on South Cooper St. in 1940. Their class was the first class to graduate using the new gym. There were 99 graduates that year. The old Arlington High and the gym are still there and in use as part of the UTA campus.
Doland was a manager on the Colt football team. They won the District title in 1939. Which he believes was Arlington High’s first District Championship.
After graduating from Arlington High in 1940, Doland went to work for Southern Ornamental Iron Works. later known as Southern Industrial Steel Company, which eventually grew to be the largest company of it’s kind in the United States.
In early 1942 Doland joined the United States Navy. Most of his duty was served in the Pacific and/or stateside. He returned to Arlington after receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1946.
He returned to his job at Southern Industrial Steel, where he received credit for his service time. at the same time he was working at Southern he attended North Texas Agricultural College. N.T.A.C. was the predecessor of what is now UTA.
During his time at Southern he worked his way up through all of the departments of the company, except for Accounting, and he retired in 1982, after 42 years, as the President and Chairman of the Board.
Doland was elected to the Arlington City Council in 1967 and served for four terms, from 1967 to 1975. He served with Mayor Tom Vandergriff, and was instrumental in helping him bring the Texas Rangers Baseball team to Arlington.
Doland has also served as a former Board Member for the Arlington High School Alumni Association; and a valued and dependable board member of the Arlington Historical Society for sixteen years.
Doland told me “The single best thing that ever happened to him was when he married a cute little farm girl from Celina,Texas named Dorothy Neetha Hayes. She gave him two great sons, (__________) which turned out to be a traitor and chose to attend Sam Houston High. Which he later forgave him when he earned Valedictorian Honors at Sam in 1973. And, ( ____________name here) who got it right and graduated from A.H.S. (_______year?? Here.)
Congratulations, Doland Maner '40
Dr. Mike Enger - Class of 1974
Mike graduated from Arlington High, with Honors, in 1974. While at Arlington High he served as the President of the Colt Student Body, a member of the Student Council, and played on the Football and Baseball teams.
Mike graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, in 1982. His residency was at UT Southwestern Family Practice in Wichita Falls, TX.
In 1985 Mike joined and continues to practice at the Family Healthcare Associates, here in Arlington. He has also served as the Arlington High Football Team Physician for over 20 years. A note here, he was offered the position as team doctor for both Lamar and Martin, but declined, as he only wanted to serve at Arlington High.
Mike is a member of the following professional organizations:
Mike’s Arlington High loyalty may also be noted in the fact that he insisted upon buying a home in the AHS school district, hoping to raise future Colts. Consequently, he is the proud father of a 2nd generation Colt, Cole Enger – Class of 2013.
Mike spends many hours with the AHS Band Booster Club, serving as parent sponser and as the “Band Team Physician” on many of the Band Field Trips. Mike is a life member of the Arlington High School Alumni Association, and currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors.
Mike is also a member and Deacon at the First Baptist Church.
Congratulations, Dr. Mike Enger, '74
Cari Fitzgerald Cook - Class of 1970
Cari graduated from Arlington High in 1970. She married her high school sweetheart, Jim Cook, who was also Class of 1970.
While at Arlington High, Cari was on the newspaper staff and worked primarily in advertising.
Cari attended Dallas Fashion Merchandising College from 1970 to 1972, and then the University of Texas at Arlington from 1972 to 1974. She joined the Delta Delta Delta fraternity in 1972.
Cari tried her hand in the local retail business as the Owner operator of TENDER MOMENTS here in Arlington. She also worked for awhile in her family’s business, FITZGERALD PROPERTIES, as a property manager of office buildings and warehouses.
It appears that Cari found her nitche in life when she went to work for her old fraternity, Delta Delta Delta in 1993.
She has also filled several different offices, and served on various other boards of directors.
She received the Kappa Alpha Order Interfraternal Spirit Award, and the Association of Fraternity Advisors Distinguished Service Award.
She has volunteered for Tri - Delta – as the Alumna Advisor for the UTA Beta Epsilon Chapter; and worked on their Board of Directors.
She has also volunteered at the Arlington Junior Women’s Club, and the Arlington Junior League
Arlington High has been a family tradition for Cari and her family. Her mother and father attended AHS:
Congratulations, Cari Fitzgerald Cook, '70
Buddie Hrabal - Class of 1964
Buddie graduated from Arlington High, in 1964. While at Arlington High he was a member of the Choraliers, and worked as a stage hand on the play “The King and I”.
Buddie’s love of music started much earlier. Buddie started playing the steel guitar at the age of 9.
Over the years Buddie has played with many musicians and artists. Far to many to try to mention here.
He is a member of the Texas Steel Guitar Association.
Here are a few of his more notable accomplishments:
He played steel guitar in Casa Manana’s production of the “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. He also played steel guitar for both productions of “Always Patsy Cline” and “Just a Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”.
He has played at many Steel Guitar Jamboree’s , including the “International Steel Guitar Convention” in St Louis. Which can be seen on You Tube.
Buddie has played with the house bands at the “Stagecoach Ballroom”, “Ruslter’s Rest”, “Hitchin Post”, and “Deb’s Danceland”. He is currently working with “Country Night Live”, a Terry Award winner for the “Best Traditional Band” three years in a row.
He was also inducted into the “Cowtown Society of Western Music” as a lifetime member in 2009.
Buddie started his own lighting and sound company in 1996, “A-1 Lighting & Sound”. He provides lighting and sound systems for events nationwide. In fact he is providing the lighting and sound for today’s Open House.
Buddie has also been escorting funerals in the area since 1978.
Congratulations, Buddie Hrabal, '74
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