Fossil Ridge High School (Fort Worth, Texas)
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|Fossil Ridge High School|
"Focus, Respect, Honor, Success"
|4101 Thompson Road
Fort Worth, TX, United States
|School district||Keller ISD|
|Enrollment||1,929 (as of September 21, 2007[update])|
|Color(s)||Black and gold|
Fossil Ridge High School is a high school located in north Fort Worth, Texas. It is the second high school of the Keller Independent School District. Most Fossil Hill Middle School graduates and some Trinity Springs Middle School and Hillwood Middle School graduates feed into Fossil Ridge High School. FRHS currently has a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:17.
The original building was built in 1995 for 9th and 10th graders; an expansion was built in 1997-1998 to accommodate 11th and 12th graders. The school contains two theaters, two gymnasiums, a library, and a cafeteria.
The Fossil Ridge Panthers are the reigning 6-4A champions in Basketball having posted a 29-4 record and a 16-0 record in district play. They are also the reigning 5-5A champions. They have made only 3 playoff appearances in the schools history, all of which have come in the last 3 school years (2000-2001, 2001–2002, 2002–2003). They have also gone through a coaching change following back-to-back division championships, Head Coach Brad Mouser left the Panthers to go to the newest Keller ISD Timber Creek High School, assistant coach Zack Myers has taken over.
Fossil Ridge currently has two Freshmen teams (Black and Gold), one Junior Varsity teams(Gold), and a Varsity team. The teams play at the Keller Sports Complex, which includes an artificial turf field and sits directly across the street from Keller High School.
In 2005, Fossil Ridge went back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season, but only made it as far as the first round, suffering a 35-20 defeat at the hands of Trinity High School Trojans, the 2005 Class 5A State Champions. The 2006 varsity game received online video coverage from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and KXAS NBC 5. In 2006, Fossil Ridge was reclassified to Class 4-A, and was reclassified again in 2008 back to Class 5A. Fossil Ridge won three consecutive match ups against rival Keller High School (2000–2003) and six of the all eleven games (1996–2008). They also won the only game against their other district rival, Central High School, in the 2008 season.
Other sports played at Fossil Ridge include baseball, softball, track and field, wrestling, power lifting, volleyball, tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, swimming and diving, bowling, rodeo, cross country, and ice hockey (district-wide team).
 Extracurricular activities
The school's extracurricular choices include: Math Club, Uil Academic Teams, Chess Club, Academic Decathlon, Health Occupations Students of America, Business Professionals of America, College Bound, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Forensics and Debate, Media Technology (formerly Broadcast Journalism) ("Ridge TV", formerly "Fossil Ridge Live"), Yearbook ("Impressions"), Spirit Team ("Stray Cats"), Gymnastics Team, Drill Team ("Sun Dancers"), Keller ISD JROTC, Art, Photography, Ready, Set, Teach (a course directed towards recruiting future educators), Literary Journalism ("The R", formerly "The Panther Times"), Choir, Panther Jazz Ensemble, Theatre ("Dramatic Paws"), Cheerleading, Student Council, Band & Colorguard ("Panther Regiment"), and an array of subject-specific clubs (e.g. Spanish Club).
The Fossil Ridge theatre program has been very successful in recent years.
- 2006 - UIL One Act Play 'The Angelina Project' is awarded Second Runner Up at the State Meet.
- 2007 - UIL One Act Play 'Gint' advances to the Regional Meet and is awarded Alternate.
- 2008 - UIL One Act Play 'Eurydice' is awarded Best Actress and First Runner Up at the State Meet.
- 2010 - UIL One Act Play 'The Shadow Box' participated in the state meet. Received multiple acting awards.
Fossil Ridge currently has an AFJROTC program. However, the program takes place at Central High School, a neighboring school in the KISD. The program consists of participants from all 4 KISD high schools.
 Marching Band & Colorguard
The Fossil Ridge Panther Regiment is a marching band and colorguard.
The 2006 Senior Class received over $4.4 million in scholarship offers.
The Panther Regiment has made back-to-back appearances in the 2007 4A and 2008 5A State Marching Band Contests.
 Notable Students
- Debby Ryan - Actress most known for Suite Life on Deck & Jessie (TV series) where she currently plays the main role
- Matthew James Shelton -Former lead singer of the band Letter Kills Currently Lead Singer of The Wedding
- Al Montoya - NHL Goalie Currently playing for Winnipeg Jets
- Tarrant Appraisal District. "Real estate data display for 4001 Thompson Road". Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- Keller ISD - Home
- Official School Website
- Fossil Ridge Panther Regiment
- Keller ISD JROTC Official Website