As a military kid with a dad in the Navy, Northwestern State jumps coach Tyron Stewart searched for a place he could call home throughout his childhood.
He found that home in the Dallas Metroplex, and his name will be enshrined in that home as part of the 2021 Cedar Hill High School Hall of Fame.
Stewart led the 2007 track and field team to a Class 5A state runner up, winning the triple jump title and placing fourth in the long jump as a senior.
“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be inducted at Cedar Hill because I was always looking for a place to call home,” said Stewart, who moved to the area as an eighth-grader and spent his entire high school days in Dallas. “That class was incredibly gifted, and to be recognized as an individual in that class – I’ve been waiting on this moment, and it’s a big deal for me.”
Stewart has coached a national champion (Jasmyn Steels) at NSU, won a USA Indoor national title (long jump) and has won a team national championship at Texas A&M in his career.
“But this one means the most,” said Stewart, who was named the Dallas Morning News Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2007.
Stewart is also part of the 2007 team that will be inducted in a ceremony expected to take place in the spring of 2022.
As an individual, he jumped 50-9.5 to win the triple jump crown and 23-7 to take fourth in the long jump at those 2007 state championships.
He credits his dad’s decision to move to Dallas as the turning point for his successful athletics career.
“In the different places we lived (Guam, Washington, Nevada, Corpus Christi, Texas), there wasn’t really a lot of competition,” Stewart said. “I was usually the best athlete, and I was winning every competition.
“My dad attended a high school basketball game that featured Chris Bosh and these Horton twins from Cedar Hill, and you could barely get into the gym. He knew that I needed that type of environment and competition.”
Upon his arrival, Stewart wasn’t winning any more and wasn’t standing out.
“I had to grow up fast, and that’s a huge reason that I was able to take it to the next level,” Stewart said. “These kids were bigger, stronger and faster than me, and that definitely had a big impact on me to push me to do the work necessary.”