Doak Bishop

Distinguished Alumni

Class of  1967


Doak Bishop is a partner at King & Spalding Law Firm in Houston.  He presently serves as vice chairman of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration and as a member of the U.S. delegation to the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes.  He has previously served as chairman of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas and co-chair of the American Bar Association International Litigation Committee.


Bishop received his BA degree with high honors and departmental distinction from Southern Methodist University in 1973, and his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Texas in 1976, where he served as Research Editor of the Texas Law Review.


He is consistently recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in the international area and was named “Local Litigation Star” in Texas by Benchmark Litigation in 2009.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law School and at SMU Law School.  He was recognized in “Best Lawyers in America” in 2005-2006.


Gregory T. Davis

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1975


Gregory Davis was active in the music program during his days at DHS, serving as band president.  He was one of the first students to participate in the newly formed educational television network program at McDaniel Junior High School.


Currently he is general manager of WRR, Classical 101.1 FM in Dallas, a post he has held for 16 years.  He has been honored with numerous awards including Broadcaster of the Year in 1997 by the Black College Radio Association.  He also has been given seven Marconi Awards of Merit for classical Music broadcasting and the Texas Public Relations Association Best in Texas Award for Advertising Excellence.  As general manager of WRR, the station received two White House special recognitions for classical music broadcasting from Presidents William Jefferson Clinton and George W. Bush.


He was born in Denison and graduated from DHS in 1975.  He distinguished himself at DHS as a student earning honors for musicianship, academic performance and leadership, a foreshadowing of his success in his career.  His success in bringing classical music to a wide audience, including children, while managing the radio station to a financially sound entity began right here in Denison.

Philip H. Hurley

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1969


Philip H. Hurley is executive vice president and CEO of London Broadcasting Co. in Dallas.  He formerly was president and general manage of Max Media of Texas.  He organized and built the Tyler/Longview CBS station, KYTX that signed on in 2004 and sold to London Broadcasting in 2008.


He attended Austin College on an academic scholarship and earned a BBA degree in Marketing with Honors from the University of Texas in 1971.  He was president of his senior class at the College of Business.


He and his wife Denise have two children and two grandchildren.  They now live in Dallas, where he located his headquarters for London Broadcasting Co., Inc.

Don Lummus

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1954


Don Lummus, a native Denisonian, is a product of Houston Elementary School then Denison High School before heading to Texas A&M University in College Station, where he received a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering an MBA in 1964.


Beginning his career as assistant to the president of Dresser Industries in Dallas, he went on to be general manager or president, CEO of several industries, including President, CEO of Davenport Machine Tools in Rochester, NY.  He retired in 2004 to Chapel Hill, NC.


During his 32 years as an entrepreneur, Lummus tried to give back to the system that provided him such grand opportunities.  He and his wife Marilyn are donors of a Presidential Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M and have supported many other educational and charity events across a broad spectrum of worthwhile causes.  He said, “I can’t do as much as Boone Pickens, but it has been a fun ride and I believe some good has been done.”

David M. Munson

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1945


David M. Munson attended Purdue University, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  After working for several years and serving in the military during the Korean War, he went to New York and took courses in finance and worked for a brokerage firm.  He later returned to Dallas to work for Schneider, Barnet & Hickman and drifted into the oil and gas business.


He was active in the private school that his three sons attended and served as chairman of the school before being appointed by the bishop as a trustee of the Holy Family School in McKinney.  The school had financial problems and Munson contacted friends from Dallas and organized a tour.  The group was interested in cloning the preschool in poverty stricken areas of Dallas.  This led to the formation of “Educational First Steps”, a charitable foundation in 1990, eventually helping more than 4,000 poverty children have a better start in life.


Donations by the Munson Foundation Board, of which he is chairman, have made possible three parks and playgrounds, the Munson Baseball Field at Denison High School, Little League baseball parks and was a leading donor to the fund that eventually built Texoma Medical Center.  He has spent a lifetime providing for the needs of others, especially children.

Dr. Don Russell

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1966


Billy Don Russell Jr., was born in Denison and educated in Denison schools, graduating from DHS in 1966 as salutatorian of his class.  Upon graduation he received a scholarship to SMU to study engineering, but chose to attend Texas A&M University without a scholarship to study Electrical Engineering.


In 1976 he returned to Texas A&M to begin his career as a professor of Electrical Engineering.  There he has accomplished many noteworthy achievements, including publishing more than 160 times and having three books to his credits.  He has received over 400 professional awards and has 15 patents for electrical power systems equipment.


Due to copious awards and accomplishments, Dr. Russell is highly respected among his peers in the engineering community.  He is highly sought after for his expertise in many areas, especially large power systems.  Dr. Russell has made significant contributions to his profession and the critical power infrastructure of the United States and other countries.


David Ray Smith

Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 1962


David Ray Smith played football for the Denison Yellow Jackets in 1961.  After losing two of the first three games, Coach Herman Bailey decided to realign his defense, moving Smith from offensive halfback to middle linebacker on defense.  In the next seven games Jackets only gave up 35 points.


A gentleman and popular student at DHS, when Smith snapped on his helmet he became a man possessed to win the game.  He later was sidelined with a dislocated shoulder suffered in practice.  When the season ended sports writers of District 4-A voted Smith the outstanding defensive lineman of the year and picked him on the first string all-district team.  The honors kept coming in.  At the annual Yellow Jacket Booster’s Club meeting Coach Bailey said that Smith “furnished us with the shoulders that carried us to the state quarterfinals.”


While offered full scholarships to the best colleges and universities when Smith graduated from DHS in 1962, he went to Henderson Junior College, then to Stillwater to play for the Cowboys where he received his BA degree in 1965.  He tried coaching for a few years then joined the workforce and stayed there for the remainder of his life.