Byron Nelson High School

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Coordinates: 33°01′09″N 97°12′12″W / 33.0191°N 97.2033°W / 33.0191; -97.2033

Byron Nelson High School
Location
2775 Bobcat Blvd.
Trophy Club TX 76262

United States
Information
Type Public High School
Motto Learn, Serve, Lead
Established 2009
School district Northwest Independent School District
Principal Linda Parker
Asst. Principal Jason Childress
Steve Cofer
Kathleen Eckert
Barry Fox
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1894 [1]
Color(s)                Blue, Black & White
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAA
Mascot Bobcat
Team name Bobcats/Lady Bobcats
Newspaper The Bobcat Beat
Yearbook Predator
Website

Byron Nelson High School is a public high school located in Trophy Club, Texas about 20 miles (32 km) north of Fort Worth, Texas, in Denton County and opened in August 2009 for the 09-10 school year. It is the second high school in the Northwest Independent School District. It cost around $96 million, making it one of the most expensive and state of the art high schools in the state. It is approximately 504,000 square feet (46,800 m2), with a 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) courtyard in the middle. It is built along the property of the Army Corps of Engineers, along the edge of where Denton Creek flows into Lake Grapevine at the lake's southwestern corner. In 2013, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

It currently has about 1900 students (making it a UIL Class 4A school). The 2011-2012 school year was the first year the school had all 4 grade levels in attendance. The school features "green" amenities such as energy-friendly light fixtures, water conserving landscaping, and local and recycled building materials. Students have access to indoor restaurants, including Pizza Hut, Subway, Grille Works, Asian/Italian Restaurant, Mexican Restaurant and a coffee shop similar to Starbucks like those of other district high school Northwest High School.

All of the students at the school received Dell Latitude 2100 netbooks for use at school, which have now been replaced with Dell Latitude 10 tablets.

Feeder schools[edit]

The middle schools that feed into Byron Nelson are:

  • Medlin Middle School
  • John Tidwell Middle School

Namesake[edit]

The school is named after the professional golfer, Byron Nelson, who lived about 5 minutes away from the school in Roanoke, Texas.

Athletics[edit]

The Byron Nelson Bobcats compete in the following sports [3]

Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Powerlifting, Wrestling, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Golf, Track, Baseball & Softball.

State Titles[edit]

  • Girls Golf [4]
    • 2013(4A),

Mens Soccer

  • 2014(4A)

Basketball[edit]

The Byron Nelson basketball team made the play-offs in their first varsity season. ('10-'11)

Ladies Soccer[edit]

In the 2011-2012 school year the Byron Nelson soccer teams were rewarded for a quality season with a playoff run. The girls in their second year of having a varsity team, placed second in the state of Texas. In the 2013-2014 school year, the Lady Bobcats returned to the final four UIL Tournament but lost in a heart-breaking shootout in overtime.

Mens Soccer[edit]

The Byron Nelson Mens Soccer program started in 2011, placing second in district and making the playoffs in their second season. In 2013, the team won their first district championship. In 2014, the Byron Nelson Mens Soccer team won the first boys state championship in school district history.

Golf[edit]

The Byron Nelson girls golf team qualified for the State Finals tournament for the third year in a row for the 2011-2012 school year. Also, the boys golf team has also qualified for State in the 2011-2012 school year.

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Byron Nelson is home to many different clubs and organizations. The school participates in band, choir, orchestra, speech and debate, National Honor Society, Student Council, yearbook, Link Leaders, and many more extracurriculars.

The Speech and Debate team sent 5 students to the national finals in June 2011. They also had 10 Regional Qualifiers and 14 State Qualifiers. The school had students place 2nd and 4th in events at UIL 4A State. For the 2011-2012 school year, the team had 24 state bids, 2 UIL State Champions, 1 UIL 2nd Place finisher, and 1 UIL 5th place finisher. They also had 2 students attend the 2012 National Forensic League National Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana, placing 6th in the nation in Public Forum Debate.

In the news[edit]

Byron Nelson has made national news when school administrators decided to suspend a 16-year old student. The student exhibited red and watery eyes, a sign, according to school policy that a student has been smoking cannabis. However, the young man was grieving over the murder of his father two days prior. Teachers had been notified of the death. Despite this, the school informed the student's mother that he would need to take a drug test in order to come back to school. She also would need to file a complaint to have the suspension removed from his record. [5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas Tribune
  2. ^ "2013 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  3. ^ The Athletics Department
  4. ^ UIL Girls Track Archives
  5. ^ "School suspends boy for bloodshot eyes.". FOX 4 News. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  6. ^ "School suspends boy for bloodshot eyes.". Times-Register/Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  7. ^ "MSNBC - Countdown.". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 

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