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Duncanville refers to itself as the "City of Champions" because of its prowess in interscholastic athletics. The boys baseball team has been state champs three times; the boys basketball team likewise three times; and the girls basketball team have been state champions a dynasty-setting six times.
The Duncanville Panthers football team consistently ranks in the top ten in the state. Several high school athletes have gone on to notoriety in college and professional sports, including WNBA's Tamika Catchings, NFL's Barry Foster, and the NBA's Greg Ostertag. According to duncanvilleathletics.org, "Since the UIL created the 5-A classification in 1980, no other school in Texas has won more 5-A State Championships than Duncanville."
Duncanville High School currently enrolls more than 4,000 students a year. In terms of its physical size--nearly 900,000 square feet--the high school campus is the largest in Texas, second largest in the nation, and third in the world.
Single-family homes in Duncanville range from $70,000 to $500,000.
The Dr Pepper StarCenter in Duncanville is located at the intersection of South Main Street and U.S. Highway 67.
The city spends thousands of hours each year maintaining landscape and parks. A full-time horticulturist maintains flower beds, walkways and fountains. The recreation department plants almost 50,000 annual bulbs each year, adding to the city's colorful reputation.
With a warm climate, homestead exemptions, and low taxes, the town is becoming a popular spot for retirees. A handful of golf courses and a nearby lake with boating and fishing facilities provide recreation. Champions Cove, a senior living center located near the Dr Pepper StarCenter, opened in 2005. The facility features a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse and 153 units in five different styles. Champions Cove has a 30-seat surround sound theater, a salon, a billiards room, an Italian coffee bar, a library, Artisan Alley, an Internet lounge, and elevators.