Austin High School (Austin, Texas)

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Stephen F. Austin High School
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Mens Agitat Molem
The Mind Moves the Masses / Mind Over Matter
Location
1715 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas
Information
Type Public
Established 1881
School district Austin Independent School District
Principal Ms. Sandy Compian
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Maroon and White
Athletics conference UIL 25-AAAAA
Mascot Maroons / Mr. Maroo
Information 512-414-2505
Website
Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus, formerly Austin High School and John T. Allan Junior High School (est. 1916.)[1]

Stephen F. Austin High School, or more commonly Austin High, founded in 1881, is one of the oldest public high schools west of the Mississippi River, and was the first public high school in the state of Texas.

The campus is located near downtown Austin along the Colorado River. The school, originally known simply as Austin High School, was renamed in 1953 after Stephen F. Austin, known as the "Father of Texas." Austin High School is one of eleven high schools in the Austin Independent School District.

Roughly 2,500 students attend the school in grades nine through twelve. The school's current building is the third built to house the school, following four 19th century locations in other buildings.[1] Austin High's official motto is Mens Agitat Molem (Latin: The Mind Moves the Masses) or, "Mind Over Matter." The official mascot of Austin High School is Mr. Maroo.

History[edit]

Austin High School opened in September 1881. Classes were held on the third floor of the West Austin School building at 11th Street and Rio Grande Street. Due to growth of the student population instruction was held at the First Baptist Church, the temporary State Capitol, and the Smith Opera House.[1] The first Austin High School campus, located at 9th Street and Trinity Street, opened in 1900. In 1925 John Allan Junior High School (est. 1916) moved from 1212 Rio Grande Street to 9th at Trinity, and Austin High School moved to 1212 Rio Grande Street. In 1975 Austin High School moved to its current location (designed by Jay W. Barnes II). The first day of classes at the Cesar Chavez campus occurred on August 25, 1975.[2] The Mr. Maroo Mascot was officially adopted by the Student Council in 1965-66.

Academics[edit]

Austin High was called a National Blue Ribbon School in 1982-83.[3]

Neighborhoods served[edit]

Downtown Austin and the family apartment complexes of the University of Texas at Austin are zoned to Austin High School.[4][5]

Athletics[edit]

Austin High School offers many different athletic programs for students: Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Mountain Biking, Swimming, Baseball, Volleyball,[6] Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, and Lacrosse. The Austin High Football team has won one championship in the state of Texas, in 1942. In 2000, basketball and baseball player Tal Simpson was voted athlete of the year.

Fine arts[edit]

Austin High School also offers a wide array of Fine Arts to its students. The school's band is the largest group in the school, with over 200 students. The marching band performs at the football games during the autumn semester, while the four separate concert bands have performances throughout the spring semester. The Austin High Jazz Ensemble was one of 15 Jazz bands in the nation featured in the 2008 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival competition, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.[7] In 2009, Austin High scored better than the previous year yet didn't make the Essentially Ellington due to a returning finalist rule, establishing itself as one of the premier Jazz schools in the country. The school offers an Orchestra class and Choir program which performs throughout the year. Also, students can participate in the Red Dragon Theater company at Austin high, that performs regularly throughout the year as well. The Red Dragon Players' production of "Dark of the Moon" won the 1989 UIL One-Act State Championship, Over the River and Through the Woods won in 2009, Over the Tavern won in 2011 and broke a state record by winning a second state championship in a row with their production of "King O'The Moon". The Austin High drill team, also known as the Red Jackets, performs at school football games, competes in dance contests, and puts on a show in the spring. The Red Jackets have received various awards for state and national competitions. Austin high also has three women's choirs (varsity, non-varsity, and freshmen choirs) and one of the areas largest men's choir.

Hall of Honor[edit]

Located next to the second floor administrative offices, the 'Hall of Honor' is a special room dedicated to honoring both the history of Austin High and alumni who have made significant contributions to society. Originally a rarely used dead-end hallway, the space was enclosed with glass and a pair of ornate wooden doors. The floor is covered with a deep maroon carpet and contains numerous plaques and display cases. The hall is off-limits to the general student population and can only be accessed by school administration and officers of the Hall of Honor Society. Once a year, Austin High holds 'Dedication Day', a day in which alumni and current students celebrate the dedication of the lakeside campus. On Dedication Day, alumni and faculty are inducted into the Hall of Honor. The inductees are selected by the Hall of Honor Steering Committee. In addition to honored alumni and faculty, 1% of the graduating class is inducted into Maroon Society. All students in the top 25% of the graduating class are automatically declared Maroon Society Semi-Finalists, although teachers can nominate deserving students. Ballots are sent to the faculty, asking them to rank Semi-Finalists in different categories. The Semi-Finalists with the top 5% rankings are declared Maroon Society Finalists. Another ballot is sent out to the faculty asking them to rate the Finalists. The identity of the students to be inducted is kept secret until Dedication Day.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Austin High School Historical Marker Text". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  2. ^ "History". Austin High School. Retrieved January 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)". 
  4. ^ "School Assignment by Residential Address." Austin Independent School District. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  5. ^ "APARTMENTS - DESCRIPTIONS & LOCATIONS." University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved on October 2, 2011. "Brackenridge Apartments (Learn More) 3501 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, Texas 78703" and "Colorado Apartments (Learn More) 2501 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, Texas 78703" and "Gateway Apartments (Learn More) 1618 West 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703"
  6. ^ "Austin High Home Page". Austinhighvolleyball.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  7. ^ Moses, Drew (2008-03-24). "Austin High jazz band to compete nationally". News 8 Austin. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  8. ^ "Bush used private school option". Associated Press. 2000-04-04. Retrieved 2006-08-22. 
  9. ^ "The Life and Legacy of Liz Carpenter". lbjlibrary.org. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ Messer, Kate X (2005-11-04). "Ben McKenzie on Uncle Robert". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Meet the 112th". 111th.illumen.org. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  12. ^ a b c http://ladymaroons.com/wherearetheynow.htm
  13. ^ Kreytak, Steven and Tony Plohteski. "Emotions raw after plea in West Campus murder case." Austin American-Statesman. Tuesday August 24, 2010. Retrieved on February 17, 2013.

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Coordinates: 30°16′26″N 97°45′59″W / 30.27389°N 97.76639°W / 30.27389; -97.76639