Texas man, 25, poses as Harvey evacuee, stars for HS hoops team


The report noted Gilstrap-Portley bonded out of Dallas County Jail after his Friday arrest.

Gilstrap-Portley reportedly played basketball in another high school - North Mesquite, where he graduated back in 2011.

A 25-year-old man is facing charges after posing as a 17-year-old so he could once again play on the high school's basketball team.

The reasons for his enrollment in Dallas ISD, and for the transfer, weren't immediately clear. He claimed he was a Hurricane Harvey refugee, based on the school district's track record of welcoming hurricane evacuees. That time, he said he wasn't a victim of the hurricane and instead told campus administrators he was homeless. Gilstrap-Portley may have scammed his way in with just immunization and physical records, a district rep says.

"It was nearly impossible for this to happen, had it not been for Hurricane Harvey", says Dallas IDS Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa.

The school administrator apologized to parents and said the district would work to prevent a similar situation in the future.

"After the initial shock wore off, my heart hurt - and the staff's hearts", said principal Chris Bayer. "That makes a little more sense now".

Students said Gilstrap-Portley's basketball skills made him popular.

"He gave us a story about little brothers and sisters that he was taking care of that were in and out of homes", said Bayer.

After nine months in the Dallas school system, one of Gilstrap-Portley's former coaches tipped off authorities.

To fans of Hillcrest High's varsity basketball team, its new star player must have seemed like a gift from above. It is unclear if Gilstrap-Portley was attempting to get recruited by colleges as Richardson. "He tried to push "rewind" in his life".

According to the mother, the daughter claimed to not have had a sexual relationship with Gilstrap-Portley.

A Dallas high school has thrown out a student who shouldn't have been there in the first place. When issues of concern occur we feel it is important to share them with you, so you are aware of the facts.

"We have some liberal policies for homeless students, but he knew that", Hinojosa said.

"This is a unique situation that shows us areas we need to take another look at when we open our doors to students in these situations".

Ah, high school. So many memories.