El Dorado High School (Arkansas)

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El Dorado High School
2000 Wildcat Drive
El Dorado, Arkansas, USA
Coordinates 33°12′59″N 92°41′6″W / 33.21639°N 92.68500°W / 33.21639; -92.68500Coordinates: 33°12′59″N 92°41′6″W / 33.21639°N 92.68500°W / 33.21639; -92.68500
Type Public secondary
Established 1929
Status Open
NCES School ID 050568000274[1]
Principal Alva Reibe
Faculty 107
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1,354[1]
Color(s)      Purple
Mascot Wildcat

El Dorado High School is an accredited comprehensive public secondary school located in El Dorado, Arkansas, United States. The high school serves students in grades 9 through 12 for the community of El Dorado and surrounding unincorporated communities in Union County, Arkansas. El Dorado High School is administered by the El Dorado School District. El Dorado High School's principal is Jim Tucker. The school has won 26 state athletic championships.


The assumed course of study for students follows the Smart Core curriculum developed by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). Students complete regular (core and elective) and career focus courses and exams and may select Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams that provide an opportunity for college credit.

In 2011, El Dorado School District and its high school were recognized in the AP District of the Year Awards program in the College Board's 1st Annual Honor Roll that consisted of 388 U.S. public school districts (2 in Arkansas) that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP® courses for a broader number of students and improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.[2]

In 2012, Dumas High School was ranked No. 1,108 of 2,008 high schools in the nation rated in the Challenge Index with an index score of 1.852.[3]

The El Dorado Promise[edit]

A strikingly unique feature of El Dorado High School is the educational opportunities available to students. In January 2007, Murphy Oil Corporation made a $50 million promise to the students of El Dorado public schools and the community. Known as the El Dorado Promise, this scholarship program provides students who graduate from the El Dorado School District with a scholarship to be used at any accredited two- or four-year educational institution in the United States. The maximum amount payable will be equal to the highest tuition cost payable at any Arkansas public university. The Promise makes a college scholarship as easy as going to school, graduating and getting a scholarship. Since the introduction of the El Dorado Promise, graduates from El Dorado School District that enroll in college have increased more than 20 percent. Also, school enrollment has increased three percent after a 20-year decline. More information about the El Dorado Promise may be found by visiting the El Dorado Promise website: [2]. Due to clarification letters received by students dated August 5, 2011 and sent by the Promise Director (S. Thompson); it is stated that "if all of your invoiced expenses are covered by other scholarships and/or grants, then your Promise funds will go to help future Promise recipients and will not be refunded to you." This means that the Promise will pay last and many students will not receive the benefit of it.

The El Dorado Education Foundation[edit]

The district also receives support from the El Dorado Education Foundation (EDEF), a nonprofit organization that recognizes academic excellence through programs such as academic chairs, teacher grants, teacher excellence awards and Academic Signing Day. In the past 11 years, the Foundation has awarded over $525,500 to educators who propose innovative projects to enhance learning. Perhaps the most noteworthy contribution of the EDEF has been its assistance in the establishment of the nation’s first elementary and secondary school endowed chair program in mathematics, science, foreign language and literacy.[4]

Campus history[edit]

In March 2009 a new high school construction went underway and was completed in June 2011. The new school is for 1,500 students and will is a 320,000 square feet (30,000 m2) 2-story structure made of wood, masonry, concrete and steel. Located in the original 1920s oil field, the project included a 2,000 seat arena/gymnasium, 450-seat fine arts auditorium and seven classroom zones on a site totaling 62 acres.[5]

Murphy Oil’s $50 million gift to education in El Dorado set the wheels in motion for the new school.

The new EHS also includes more than 100 classrooms and instructional spaces, six dedicated computer labs, media center, theater with sloped and tiered lecture seating, a basketball arena, 75-seat “black box” theatre, 13 science labs, “Main Street” circulation corridors and central octunda, and an 8,000 sq ft (740 m2) student dining/commons with serving area.

Key Facts:

  • Cost: $43.3 million
  • Start/Completion: March 2009/June 2011
  • Owner: El Dorado Public School District #15
  • General Contractor: Baldwin & Shell Construction Co., Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Architect: CADM Architecture Inc.
  • Civil Engineer: Hunt Guillot Associates LLC, Ruston, Louisiana.
  • Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants Inc.
  • MEP Engineer: TME Inc.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The El Dorado High School mascot and athletic emblem is the wildcat with purple and white serving as the school colors.[6]

The El Dorado Wildcats and Ladycats compete in several interscholastic athletic activities including: football, cross country, baseball, girls softball, basketball, golf, track & field, girls volleyball, tennis, and soccer. For 2012–14, EHS is member of the 6A Classification and the 7A/6A South Conference as administered by the Arkansas Activities Association.[6]


The El Dorado High School football team are 9-time state champions and are the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 6A Arkansas State Champions; previously winning state football championships in 1924,1932, 1933, 1942 and 1958. They have made it to the 6A Arkansas State Finals five out of the last six years starting back in 2008. Since 2007 the Wildcats have a 72-20 overall record with three 6A State Championships. The current head football coach is Scott Reed. Under Reed the Wildcats are 72-20 overall, 17-3 in the playoffs, and 4-1 in Arkansas State Football Championships.[7]

2009 championship season[edit]

2009 Record: Overall Record: 12-1[7]

On December 5, 2009, the El Dorado High School Wildcat football team defeated the Pine Bluff High School Zebras 27-20 to clinch the 2009 Arkansas AAAAAA State Championship. This was their first state title in football since 1958. The Wildcats were quarterbacked by the head coach's son, Taylor Reed, who was a Junior at the time. Cameron Mahone was the MVP of the 2009 AAAAAA Arkansas State Football Finals.

After the conclusion of the 2009 season, Head Coach Scott Reed was honored with his first AAAAAA Arkansas Football Coach of the Year award. Reed's team finished ranked the 132nd team in the nation, and 5th in the state of Arkansas.[7]

2010 championship season[edit]

2010 Record: Overall Record: 12-1[7]

On November 4, 2010, the El Dorado High School Wildcat football team beat the Pine Bluff High School Zebras 34-26 to win the 2010 Arkansas 6A-South Conference Championship.

On December 4, 2010, the El Dorado High School football team defeated the Texarkana High School Razorbacks 31-21 to clinch the 2010 Arkansas 6A State Championship. This is the first time in the school's history that it has won consecutive Arkansas State Football Championships. The team finished ranked 602nd in the nation, a noticeable step-back from last year, and 7th in the state of Arkansas.[7]

The Wildcats were once again led by now Senior, and future University of Memphis signee, Taylor Reed. During this season, Taylor Reed broke the El Dorado High School record for Total Career Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, and Pass Completions held by former 2008 quarterback Paul Anzalone. Taylor Reed was the MVP of the 2010 6A Arkansas State Football Finals.

2011 championship season[edit]

2011 Record: Overall Record: 13-1[7]

On December 2, 2011, the El Dorado High School football team defeated the Lake Hamilton High School Wolves 24-20 to win their third AAAAAA State Championship in 3 many years.[8]

During the course of the 2011 season, Junior running back Marque Burris rushed for over 3,000 yards, setting the El Dorado High School record for most rushing yards in a single season. The Wildcats were led by Lucas Reed, the brother of former El Dorado quarterback Taylor Reed, and also the son of Scott Reed, the head coach. Marque Burris was the MVP of the 2011 AAAAAA Arkansas State Football Finals.

After the conclusion of the 2011 season, Head Coach Scott Reed was honored with his second 6A Arkansas Football Coach of the Year award. The Wildcats finished ranked 467th nationally, and 5th in the state of Arkansas.[7]

2013 Championship Season[edit]

2013 Record: Overall Record: 9-5[9]

On December 14, 2013 El Dorado defeated the Pine Bluff Zebras 31-24 for the AAAAAA State Championship in Little Rock, AR at War Memorial Stadium. Senior quarterback Clayton Waldrum was announced as 2013 AAAAAA State Championship MVP.[9]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position
Scott Reed[10] Head Coach/Quarterbacks Coach
John Panter[10] Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Scott Eastland[10] Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Nick Vaughn[10] Linebackers Coach
Earnest Presley[10] Cornerback Coach
Greg Anthony[10] Running Backs Coach
Jimmy Johnson[10] Defensive Line Coach
Michael Brooks Wide Receivers Coach


Wildcat basketball[edit]

The boys basketball team are 2-time state basketball champions by winning title games in 1976 and 1982.

LadyCat basketball[edit]

At the conclusion of the 2011 LadyCat basketball season, the El Dorado LadyCat basketball team earned its first ever state championship in school history by defeating Little Rock Parkview. The LadyCats are led by head coach Stephen Harshaw.


The Wildcats golf team are one of the state's most successful as 9-time state golf champions winning four consecutive titles (1950–53), three consecutive titles (1966–68), followed by titles in 1973 and 1987.

Since 2000, the girls team are one of the state's most consistent winning titles in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010.


The boys swimming team won its only state swimming championship in 1965. Baseball The 2012 Wildcats claimed the 6A State Championship with 5-3 win over Sherdian. Blake Clayton was named MVP of the state tournament

Notable alumni[edit]

Mark Alan Jelks-

Mark Jelks is in his second year on the Arkansas Tech baseball staff after being named the Recruiting Coordinator after the 2013 season, where the Wonder Boys set a school record of 4 consecutive tournament appearances. In his 6th season coaching Jelks has held 4 Major League Baseball draft picks, 4 All-Americans, 6 All-Region players, and 4 National Rawlings Gold Glove winners.

Jelks served a short stint previously at the University of Central Arkansas, as the Director of Baseball Operations. During his first season at UCA the Bears finished with their best record in school history after moving to the Division I level in 2006. The Bears also reached the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in school history, as well as, 4 players being named to the 2012 SLC All-Conference Teams.

A native of El Dorado, AR and a 2002 graduate of El Dorado High School, Jelks attended college at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR receiving his Bachelor of Science in 2006. While at Ozarks he was a 3 year letterman. As an undergraduate assistant the Eagles finished with their best record in school history earning its' first American Southwest Conference Tournament appearance.

In the fall of 2008 Jelks joined the Bryant High School staff. Coach Jelks helped the Bryant Hornets to three consecutive 7A-Central Conference Championships in 2009, 2010, and 2011. As well as clinching the 7A State Championship in 2010. In his final year the Hornets climbed in the national rankings as high as 8th by Collegiate Baseball ending their season back to the 7A State Finals in consecutive years. During his 3 year tenure as an assistant coach, the Hornets compiled a record of (70-24). While at Bryant Jelks mentored 23 7A-Central All-Conference players and 6 All-State players, 14 of which signed athletic scholarships.

Eric Wilhite-

Eric Wilhite is a 2002 EL Dorado High School graduate. Wilhite is a published author, musician, producer and song writer. Wilhite currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas and is a Passenger Observation Analyst for the Department of Homeland Security.

Patrick Bruss-

Patrick Bruss, a 1993 graduate, is a musician, composer, & producer in the extreme Metal world. He has been the guitarist/vocalist/producer for Crypticus since 1996, who have released 3 albums as well as several demos & EPs. [11] Patrick has mixed, mastered, remastered, & remixed for bands such as Impetigo, Cianide, Ribspreader, Cardiac Arrest, & Decrepitaph, among others. [12] In 2004 Patrick performed as touring guitarist for the Gothic Rock band Seraphim Shock during an extended North American tour. In 2013 Patrick composed a retro synthesizer score for the short film "For The Team," directed by Kyle Burnett for the 48 Hour Film Festival. [13] Patrick resides in Denver, CO.

Name Graduating Year Accomplishments
Taylor Reed 2011 Started 9 games in 2011 as the quarterback for the University of Memphis football team. Won 2 State Championships with the El Dorado football team playing quarterback. MVP of 2010 AAAAAA-Arkansas State Football Finals.
Clay Murphy 2010 A receiver for the 2010 & 2011 University of Central Arkansas football team. Won a State Championship with the El Dorado football team playing receiver,
Whitney Frazier 2011 A player on the 2011–2012 University of Louisiana Tech Lady Bulldog basketball team. Helped the El Dorado LadyCat basketball team win its first State Championship in school history. MVP of the 2011 AAAAAA-Arkansas State Girls Basketball Finals.
Quincy Hardwell 2012 A soon-to-be player on the 2012 University of Louisiana Monroe football team. Won 3 State Championships with the El Dorado football team.

School Description[edit]

School District Details[edit]

  • Graduation Rate: 77.1%
  • Dropout Rate: 2.0%
  • Students Per Teacher: 14.0
  • Enrolled Students in district: 4,643
  • Enrolled students in El Dorado High School: 1,368
  • Ranks 204 out of 278 high schools in Arkansas.

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment[edit]

Students and Faculty[edit]

  • total students enrolled 1,368
  • Average student to teacher ratio 12.8

Student Gender Breakdown[edit]

  • Males: 679 (49.6%)
  • Females: 689 (50.4%)

Free Lunch Eligibility Breakdown[edit]

  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 90 (6.6%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 621 (45.4%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 711 (52.0%)

Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity[edit]


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  2. ^ "AP District of the Year Awards: 1st Annual Honor Roll". College Board. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
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  4. ^ "El Dorado Hospitals, Healthcare in El Dorado AR". Village Profile. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  5. ^ "El Dorado High School, El Dorado, Ark. | South Central Construction | McGraw-Hill Construction". South Central Construction. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  6. ^ a b "School Profile, El Dorado High School". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
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  8. ^ "National | iHigh.com - The Global Youth Network". ihigh.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  9. ^ a b "El Dorado wins fourth title in five years, 31-24 over Pine Bluff". Arkansasonline.com. 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Home Of The El Dorado Wildcats". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  11. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Crypticus/25285
  12. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/artists/Patrick_Bruss/30651
  13. ^ http://crypticus.bandcamp.com/album/for-the-team-original-score

External links[edit]

Race Number Percent
American Indian 2 0.1%
Black 692 50.6%
Asian 16 1.2%
Hispanic 43 3.1%
White 612 44.7%