Allen High School (Allen, Texas)

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Allen High School
Allen High School, Allen, Texas.jpg
Address
300 Rivercrest Boulevard
Allen, Texas, Collin County, 75002
United States
Information
Type Public, co-educational high school
Established 1910
School district Allen Independent School District
Principal Steve Payne
Faculty 350
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 4,424 (10-12) AHS
1,565 (9) Lowery [1]
Campus size 177 acres (720,000 m2)
Color(s)               
Mascot Eagle
Website

Allen High School is a public, co-educational secondary school in Allen, Texas, that serves students in 10th through 12th grades. It is the only high school in the Allen Independent School District. Student enrollment is 5,989; making the school the largest secondary school in the state of Texas.

Allen High School serves most of the city of Allen. Until fall 2006, when Lovejoy High School opened, Allen High School served high school students in the Lovejoy Independent School District, which includes the city of Lucas, most of Fairview, and a small portion of Allen.[2]

History[edit]

The first school, built in 1910 at the corner of Belmont and Cedar, was a two story brick building housing six classrooms and an auditorium, and saw the first graduating class of eight students in 1914.

The second Allen High School was established in 1959 on land donated by Mr. Harris Brown on the corner of Jupiter and Main Streets. [3]

August 1999 saw the opening of Allen High School “2000”, a new facility (at the corner of Greenville and Rivercrest) which opened to 2,200 students in grades 10 through 12. The former high school was converted into the Becky Lowery Freshman Center, named in honor of a former middle school teacher and school counselor. It serves all 9th grade students. The final expansion of the school was completed in 2011. The expansion included a new 1,500 seat performing arts center, an expansion of band hall space and a Career and Technology Education center featuring a student-managed restaurant open to the public, a student-managed apparel store with student designed items, multiple new Mac labs, Mac-equipped rooms for the photojournalism, yearbook, commercial photography and newspaper classes as well as learning-classrooms for the medical education programs.

Location[edit]

  • Main campus (10-12): 300 Rivercrest Blvd. Allen, TX 75002
  • Freshmen Center (9): 601 E. Main St. Allen, TX 75002

Academics[edit]

Allen High School offers the International Baccalaureate program to its students, with the class of 2002 being the first to graduate Full Diploma. AHS also provides Advanced Placement and elective courses.

Allen uses an 8:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. modified block schedule. The period schedule includes five standard periods per day, though students are required to be present for only four in 10th grade, and only three in 11th or 12th grade.

Allen High School was named a 2001-2002 National Blue Ribbon School[4] and a 2004 TEA Pathfinder School.[citation needed]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Football[edit]

The Allen Eagle football program has become one of the top football programs in Texas over the past decade, with playoff berths in every season since 2001. 2003 was the first season for Allen to make it to the State semi-finals, losing to Southlake Carroll. In 2006 the varsity football team finished its season as the District 9-5A Champions by beating Plano East in the last game of the regular season, 22–17. Its only loss was to Garland in the season opener. In the playoffs the Allen Eagles beat Rowlett, Mesquite, Round Rock, and Spring Westfield, and made it to the state semifinals where they lost to Southlake Carroll. The team's regular season record was 9–1 with an overall record of 13–2.

The Eagles had a perfect (10-0) regular season in 2007, followed by a first-round playoff loss to Rowlett to end the season.

After finishing the 2008 regular season with a record of 9–1, the Eagles beat South Grand Prairie, Coppell, Odessa Permian, Euless Trinity, Round Rock Stony Point, and Fort Bend Hightower in the state championship to earn their first ever state title, making them Texas' Class 5A Div I State Champions. Upon winning the championship, the Allen Eagles were ranked #2 in the nation by both ESPN Rise and Yahoo! Rivals High School rankings, and they were ranked #5 by MaxPreps poll.[citation needed] In the 2011 season the Eagles went undefeated in the regular season with a perfect record (10-0), won the first-round playoff game against Keller Central but lost to Euless Trinity for the second year in a row.

Allen has won its district every year since 2006.[5]

Allen won the Class 5A Division I football state championship game 35-21 against Houston Lamar, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, on December 22, 2012.

Allen won the Class 5A Division I football state championship game 63-28 against Pearland High School at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, on December 21, 2013.

New stadium[edit]

Due to the program's popularity and student population, the school was authorized, via an approved April 2009 $60 million referendum, to build an 18,000 seat stadium (Allen Eagle Stadium) for the team. The stadium (which cost nearly $60M) opened for the 2012 football season.[6][7] It is the fifth largest high school stadium in the state, but the largest designed for the use of only one team. The new facility houses a weight room, wrestling practice facility, and indoor golfing facility.[8]

On February 27, 2014 the stadium was closed due to cracking in concrete making it unsafe to use. All future events have been canceled until notice.[9]

Rivalries[edit]

Allen has been in the same district with all three Plano Independent School District Senior High Schools (Plano East, Plano Senior, and Plano West) for two decades. Geographical neighbors, the schools make up four of the top 5 largest schools in the state, with Plano East being the largest, and Allen the second largest. While the two districts have a long history with one another, Allen's recent success has diminished the old-time rivalry. Over the past ten seasons, Allen has a 28-2 combined record against the Plano schools, with the last loss coming in 2005 against Plano Senior. Allen has not lost to Plano East in over 15 seasons, despite being a smaller school. This success has allowed Allen to capture the District Title eight consecutive seasons.

Outside of district, Allen has had a rivalry with other notable state powerhouse programs:

  • Southlake Carroll has become a rival program for the Allen Eagles. Carroll ended the Eagle's playoff run four straight seasons between 2003 and 2006, twice in the state semi-finals. Allen and Carroll didn't meet again until the 2010 playoffs in the second round. On the last play of regulation, Allen scored a game tying touchdown from 40 yards out to push the game into overtime. In the second over time, Allen decided to go for a 2-point conversion for the win, but was stopped yards short, giving Carroll the victory. This game is considered the greatest Texas high school game of the 2000s. Allen and Carroll didn't meet again until 2012, but for the first time in the regular season, as well as for the first game in their new stadium. Allen finally beat Southlake Carroll, with a score of 24-0, shutting out the Dragons. In 2013, the Eagles travelled to Dragon Stadium in Southlake, defeating Carroll once again.
  • Euless Trinity has also become a rival of Allen over the past few seasons. Trinity and Allen first met in the 2008 regular season, when the Trinity Trojans were ranked the number one high school team in the nation. Allen lost at home (its first home loss in 4 seasons) to the Trojans 24-14. The two teams met again the same season, in the Area round of the 5A Division 1 state playoffs, neither having lost a game since their first matchup. This time, Allen emerged victorious, upsetting the top ranked Trojans 34-21. The two teams met again in the 2009 regular season at Trinity, where Allen beat Trinity 35-28. The two teams met again in the 2010 state playoffs, this time Trinity overpowering Allen 37-35.

Other athletic programs[edit]

The Allen High School girls' golf program achieved the first UIL state championship for the school by winning the state tournament in 2005. The team followed this with another state win in 2006 and also in 2012.

The Allen Eagles wrestling team won the THSCA dual state tournament in the 2008-2009 season, defeating the defending UIL state champions Randall High School. The Eagle wrestling team also won the THSCA dual state tournament and UIL state tournament in the 2009-2010 season, the 2010-2011 season, the 2011-2012 season, and the 2012-2013 season.

The Allen High School boys bowling team won the 2001-2002 and 2007-2008 Texas High School Bowling Club Team Championships. The Allen girl's team was state champion in 2003-2004 and 2004–2005, becoming the first Texas boys' or girls' teams to repeat as state champions. The girls' bowling team won its third state championship against Plano East in the 2008-2009 school year.

The Allen High School varsity hockey team won the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 Texas State Championship, and the 2009 Rocky Mountain Regional Championship. The team placed second in the 2009-2010 State Championship, and was a quarter finalist at the National Championships.

The girl's soccer team advanced to the state tournament in 1989, the team's inaugural season, and again in 1990 and 1998. The boy's program made it to the 1993, 1996 and 1997 regional finals.

In the 2008-2009 school year, Allen High School was state champion in football, hockey, girls' bowling and wrestling.

In 2011, Allen High School won 1st place in Culinary at the Texas ProStart Competition in Austin, TX. They then advanced to and placed 17th at the National ProStart Competition.

In 2012, Allen High School won the state football championship.

Band[edit]

The Allen Escadrille is the world's largest high school marching band, with a membership of over 750 students.[10] They play for the 5A football team, participate in competitions and perform in parades and other venues. The Escadrille was invited to perform in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2009, and performed in the 2006 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. It received the Sudler Shield Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2004. It was also a participant in the 1994 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, being the only high school band chosen to play at the Dublin Lord Mayors Ball; the 1995 and 1999 Texas Gubernatorial Parades; and the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Allen Eagle Escadrille won the 4A State Marching Band Competition in back-to-back years in 1987 and 1988.

Programs[edit]

Allen High School received the 2011 Grammy Signature School Gold Award,[11] which recognizes U.S. public high schools making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

The Allen Eagle Chorale Choir has been invited to go to TMEA this coming year, an event covering all of Texas and inviting only the top 5 schools to perform.

Allen High School also has a broadcast program, KGLE 3 Teen News. Between 1996 and 2006, the program had five first placesBest of Shows, two second places, one third place, one eighth place, and one not placed at the National Scholastic Press Association’s biannual competition. it has also been a Pacemaker finalist five times. The KGLE broadcast program includes radio broadcast.

The Allen Orchestra was invited to perform at The International Midwest Clinic and Convention in 2006.[12]

Allen High School's photography program won ATPI's Top Program contest in 2006.[citation needed]

The school's German folk dancing team took first place in the 2005 state competition and third place in state finals in 2006.[citation needed]

The Allen Clinical Rotation Program received a new technology lab.[13]

In the Spring of 2011, Allen High School's Rugby team was runner up in the Division 2 State Championship in Houston Texas.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°06′01″N 96°39′31″W / 33.1003966°N 96.6586053°W / 33.1003966; -96.6586053