Coppell High School
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|Coppell High School|
|Coppell Cowboys athletic logo|
|185 West Parkway Boulevard
Coppell, Texas, Dallas County, 75019
United States of America
|School district||Coppell Independent School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. Jeff Turner|
|Color(s)||Red & Black|
|Website||coppellisd.com/chs Coppell High School website|
Coppell High School is a 5A high school located in Coppell, Texas (USA). It is part of the Coppell Independent School District located in extreme northwest Dallas County. In 2011, the school was rated "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.
The school graduated its first class of twenty-three students in 1965. As of the 2012-2013 school year, current enrollment is 2,698 students in grades 9-12. There are over 200 staff members at Coppell High School in order to accommodate the student body of nearly 3000. Athletic teams are known as the "Cowboys" or "Cowgirls" for boys' and girls' teams, respectively. The school colors are red and black.
Coppell High School was named a 2001-02 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence due to the new SAS class. Coppell High School has been ranked consistently as one of the "Top 1200 U.S. High Schools."
As of the 2012-2013 school year, the student population is made up of the following ethnicities out of 2,698 students
|Two or more races||1.4%|
As of the 2012-2013 school year, its student population is made up of the following grade levels:
 Recent news
The CISD Board of Trustees recently[when?] decided to not allow students outside of the top ten percent to have class ranks. Though this may help students in the bottom 50%, it can hurt students who are near the top 10%, as some colleges give automatic admission to students in the top 25%. Also, many public universities guarantee to give at least $1,000 per year for education to any student who ranks in the top 25% of their high school class, but students without class ranks can't qualify for that.
The school's population has grown steadily in the past decade, prompting the Texas University Interscholastic League to upgrade Coppell High School from the AAAA classification to AAAAA status for academic and athletic competition; they are currently placed in District 5-5A. Coppell High School has also changed their school schedule system from a trimester system with five periods per day, to a schedule with two semesters, with 3 6-weeks per semester with 7 periods each day.
In 2006, Coppell High School underwent a strategic plan to unify students, staff members and the community with in the large 5A school. As the strategic planning process continued in 2007, the decision was made at that point to implement thematic small learning communities, the career academies. More specifically, it allowed the students who signed up for it to attend academy specific classes that only academy students would be in, and to have an elective period occupied by the chosen academy. The choices that were/are available are under the categories of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy, the EMAC (Emerging Media and Communications) Academy, and the PSA (Public Services Academy) Academy. Freshmen and Sophomores of the 2010 class were the first students to be able to join the Academies.
Coppell High School was also ranked as the 429th best high school in the nation as ranked by www.thedailybeast.com for the 2012-2013 school year.
 Academic Achievements
 Business Professionals of America
In 2008 and 2009, Coppell High School's Business Professionals of America chapters won the Best Chapter award at the State Leadership Conference.
 Speech and Debate
The debate squad, coached by Glenda Ferguson (commonly known as Ferg), travels nationally every year to debate the top teams in the country. The team has members who participate in public forum and policy debate, and recently some students have begun to do lincoln douglas debate. During the 2007-2008, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 school years, the debate squad qualified a policy team for the Tournament of Champions (debate), one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country. During the 2011-2012 school year, one of the school's teams placed second at the 5A UIL State tournament, and the school often has students make it to elimination rounds of the TFA State tournament. The speech team is similarly successful, although they travel less often. Coached by Maleda Kunkle, the squad participates in a variety of interpretation events, platform speeches, original speeches, reading events, and limited preparation events. Students on the squad often qualify for regional and state competition, including TFA State.
 Marching Band Achievements
The Coppell High School Band is considered one of the best bands in the state and was named the #1 Music Program in the United States in 2000. The band has won several awards in the past years. In 2000, after the school was re-classified as 5A, the band placed 12th in the 5A State Marching Contest. In 2001, the band participated in the 2001 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California representing the Southwest United States. In 2004, the band placed 11th in the 5A State Marching Contest.
Later that same year, the Lord Mayor of Dublin invited the marching band to participate in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Two years later the band placed 7th in the 2006 State Marching Contest. The marching band's most recent 5A State Marching Contest was in 2012, where the band placed 5th. The latest national recognition earned by the program is "The Sudler Shield", awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. This award recognizes marching band programs throughout the world that reach a world class level of excellence in musical performance, marching execution, choreography and show design for high school, youth, or international marching bands.
Outside of its achievement on the marching field, the CHS Honor Band is a highly decorated program as well. The ensemble won the 1998 4A State Honor Band contest and was the first place runner-up in the 2002 5A State Honor Band contest. The CHS band has more All-State musicians than any program in Texas. The program has earned 1st Division ratings in UIL Concert and Sight Reading contests every year since 1993.
The Coppell High School Lariette Drill Team placed first at the Contest of Champions National Dance Competition in Orlando, FL in 2007.
Awards, Events and Recognition
- 1st Place - Michael French Award - Mar 2013
- Took all Titles at Mesquite Marching Festival - Division 1 - 2012
- 5A All-State Band 2013 – 19 members, more than any school in Texas and a new record for the school.
- STATE: Texas UIL 5A State Marching Competition – 5th Place - 2012-2013
- All 10 Coppell ISD Concert Bands Earn UIL Sweepstakes Award - First Time! - Apr 2011
- Texas Winter Guard Championships Scholastic A Finalist - Apr 2011
- Color Guard Lakeview Centennial NTCA Regional 2nd Place - Mar 2011
- Area C UIL Marching Band Contest - State Qualifing Finalist 5th Place - Oct 2010
- Region 20 UIL Marching Band Contest - Division 1 - Oct 2010
- 2nd Place Tournament of Champions Marching Contest - Oct 2010
- Mesquite Marching Festival - Division 1 - Oct 2010
- UIL Duncanville – Division 1 - Oct 2009
- 6th Place Bands of America – Arlington Regional Contest - Oct 2009
- 2nd Place Mesquite Marching Contest - Division 1 Rating - Oct 2009
- 1st Place St. Patrick’s Day Parade – NYC (out of 150 bands) - March 2009
- Carnegie Hall Performance – New York City - March 2009
- NATIONAL: John Philip Sousa Foundation “The Sudler Shield Award - 2008-2009
- STATE: Texas UIL Marching Competition – Bronze 3rd Place - 2008-2009
- 1st Place - Area C 5A Contest - Oct 2008
- 2nd Place - Duncanville Marching Contest - Oct 2008
- 6th Place Band of America Regional – Arlington, TX – Oct 2008
- 3rd Place Mesquite Marching Festival – Division 1 Rating - Oct 2008
- 4th Place -Tournament of Champions –and Outstanding Music Award - Sept 2008
- 1st Place/Outstanding Band South Padre, Band Competition, Division 1 - March 2008
- 1st Place – Mesquite Band Marching Contest –Division 1 Rating, Best Horn Line, Best Percussion, Best Color Guard, Best in Class and Best Overall March 2008
- 7th Place Bands of America Regional – Arlington - Nov 2007
- 15th Place Bands of America Super Regional - Dec 2007 Dallas
- Cowboy Halftime Performance Salvation Army Kettle Drive Kick Off with Kelly Clarkson Thanksgiving Day November, 2007
- 7th in State - 5A Contest 2006
- 5A First Runner Up 2002-2004 UIL State Marching Contest
- 12th in state - 5A Contest 2002
- 4A State Champions 1999-2001
- UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest (All Bands) 1st Division 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
- #1 Music Program in the United States 2000 (Coppell ISD)
- 2001 Tournament of Roses Parade, California. Representing the Southwest United States
- UIL Region Solo Contest 2004, 189 Solo Medals
- UIL State Solo Contest 2004, 28 gold medals, 61 silver medals, 3 Outstanding Soloists
- All-Region Orchestra 2003 – 11 members
- All-Region Band 2004 – 132 members, Pre-Area Band 2004 – 46 members , Area Band 2004 – 34 members
- 5A All-State Band 2004 – 15 members, more than any school in Texas
The Coppell Cowboys compete in the following sports:
Cross Country, Volleyball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling, Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track, Softball & Baseball
The Coppell High School Baseball team has won 12 District Championships since 1984. The 2006 Coppell High School Football Team qualified for its first play-off appearance in over three years. In 2010, the Coppell Cowboys football program had an undefeated 13-0 season up until their loss in the quarterfinals to #1 team in the nation Euless Trinity. This is the farthest that Coppell football team has ever made it in the playoffs, and they had many players named to the AP top players in the state.
In 2003 the Coppell High School Hockey Team won the State Championship and in 2008 won the Summer League Championship.
- Texas Tribune
- "2011 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
- History of CISD>
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
- CHS Demographics
- CHS Baseball