Austin High School (El Paso, Texas)

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Stephen F. Austin High School
Location
3500 Memphis Ave
El Paso, Texas 79930

United States
Information
Type Public
Established 1930
Principal John F. Tanner
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Brown & Gold         
Mascot Golden Panther

Stephen F. Austin High School is a secondary school in El Paso, Texas, opened in 1930. It is part of the El Paso Independent School District. The school's mascot is a Golden Panther named "Henry." The school was designed by Texas contractor and architect Robert E. McKee.[1] When the local school district ran out of money during the construction, McKee donated the remainder owed.[2] Consequently, the school's football stadium is named in McKee's honor. The R.E. McKee Construction Company built the school and used a classic Spanish architecture.[2] The structure is surmounted by a 103-foot tower. The classrooms had marble floors and the hallways are floored with terrazzo.[2]

The "A"[edit]

The school, located minutes from the Franklin Mountains, faces a large, white, block "A" letter painted on the mountain. AHS students traditionally "light" the "A" on every Friday night a home football game is played at R.E. McKee Stadium. The "A" lit by placing small cans, full of kerosene and sawdust, around the "A" and lighting them before kickoff.[3] The burning "A" is visible from the home bleachers and AHS supporters chant "Hey, Hey, Look at the A" to signify its lighting.[3]

"Elroy"[edit]

The school has an actual, stuffed Golden Panther in the main lobby. The Panther is named "Elroy," after Austin High English and Creative Writing teacher and author Elroy Bode. Bode is a famed West Texas author and has published several books, including Home Country: An Elroy Bode Reader, Commonplace Mysteries, and This Favored Place: The Texas Hill Country. He also wrote In a Special Light which was published by Trinity University Press in 2006.

In 1998, Mr. Gary Mowad, a special agent for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and former Austin teacher, approached the Austin High School about donating a stuffed panther to display on campus. Elroy was hunted illegally, in Colorado by a hunter who unlawfully used a spotlight in pursuit of the panther. Consequently, Elroy was seized by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the hunter was sentenced to four years of prison time.

At the conclusion of the litigation in September 2002, the Panther was transported to El Paso and donated to the school through the Austin High School Alumni Association presented this spectacular animal to Austin High School. On January 7, 2004, the Panther was placed in the lobby where it can be viewed today.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Fight Song[edit]

Come on you Panthers

Come on you Panthers

Fight Right Through that line

Take the ball clear down the field

A touchdown sure this time

Come on you Panthers

Come on you Panthers

Fight boys for your fame

Fight Panthers, Fight! Fight! Fight!

And win this game

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stanley, Irene and Duffy Stanley. "MCKEE, ROBERT EUGENE, SR.". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Austin High School History". Austin High School Alumni Association. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Laughman, Dick. "Panther Association, 1955/56 — How We Lit The "A"". Stephen F. Austin High School Class of 1956. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Our Panther Mascot". Stephen F. Austin High School Class of 1956. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "USASOC Soldier killed in aircraft crash". US Army Special Operations Command. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Acosta". University of Cincinnati. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Newest Unique Firsts for Military Women". Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "COLEMAN, Ronald D'Emory, (1941 – )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Peggy Elliott at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ Ramirez, Christina (19 May 2008). "'Archie' artist draws aaahs". El Paso Times. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Washington Valdez, Diana (2 July 2005). "Hometown Stars — Sandra Day O'Connor". El Paso Times. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "EPISD Schools: Austin High". Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  13. ^ Jimmy Ortega at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ "Glory Road Panthers". Panther News. Austin High School Alumni Association. April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 

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Coordinates: 31°47′58″N 106°27′04″W / 31.7994°N 106.451°W / 31.7994; -106.451