September 01, 2010
Thought you already had the full collection of memorabilia commemorating your favorite high school football program? If you live in Texas, you don't. Starting Wednesday, you can order a Southlake Carroll or Allen High School custom license plate, after the two schools had custom-designed vanity plates approved by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the plates will cost between $55 and $195 per year depending on the length of contract a driver signs up for (contracts up to 10 years in length are available). The high school vanity plates, which are among the first vanity designs from the company My Plates approved by the Texas DMV, feature the school name and logo, with Allen's eagle sublimated behind the plate's digits and Southlake Caroll's dragon sitting beside its digits.
"We have very passionate fans who have been eagerly awaiting the release of these plates," Carroll Superintendent David Faltys [told the Dallas Morning News]. "What we like about the program is that it isn't just about football, but instead about showing community pride in all aspects of your local school district. It's a real win-win for Dragon families who can show their school spirit while also helping to raise revenue for the General Revenue Fund."
While only those two schools have plate designs available at the moment, Liberty Christian High School expects to have a design approved later this fall. It's likely the floodgates will open thereafter.
Texas isn't the first state to authorize high school license plate designs -- Louisiana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania have vanity plates for a few schools available -- but the Texas plates are significantly more customized than those in other states. Neither Southlake Carroll's or Allen's vanity plate looks like the new standard Texas license plate at all.
Add to that the fierce fandom for high school football in Texas, and you're likely to see a total hodgepodge of colors driving up and down Texas highways within the next two years.
"These plates are a great opportunity for our fans to show their support for Allen High School and its athletic programs," Allen ISD community services director Tim Carroll told the Dallas Morning News.
Hear that Allen fans? Looks like there's one-more Eagle-emblazoned item to buy.