Stars of Denton
Though it is smaller than the surrounding cities of Ft. Worth and Dallas, Denton has been home to many celebrities. Dr. Phil graced the North Texas campus where he earned his masters and Ph.D. in psychology. He also has a scholarship at the school named after him, the Dr. Phil and Robin Mcgraw scholarship fund. The scholarship was instated in 2007 by Gretchen Bataille in an inaugural address.
Norah Jones is another celebrity who honed her profession at UNT. She was a member of the UNT jazz singers and practiced her skills as a jazz pianist. After meeting her future collaborator, Jesse Harris, by pure serendipity she has become an accomplished musician winning 5 Grammys in 2003.
However, she is not the only musician to make it big out of Denton, and there is much more to the Denton music scene than just jazz. Bowling for Soup is a pop rock band that got their start at North Texas in 1998 and even mentions Denton in their hit Come Back to Texas.
Texas country music’s the Eli Young band is also based out of Denton. While students at UNT, the four friends decided 11 years ago to take their garage jam band more seriously. They began to play gigs around the area and in 2008 released their first album. The band still makes the rounds and plays regularly at Rockin’ Rodeo.
Denton resident, Phyllis George, was crowned Miss America 1971. Along with the title came perks for George. She did 3 Super Bowl broadcasts and was the first female co-host of Candid Camera. You may also recognize her as Linda Banks from the movie Meet the Parents.
I had no idea how many famous names have had UNT student ID numbers linked to them. You can find out more on UNT’s website.