Garland High School

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Garland High School
Address
310 S. Garland Avenue
Garland, Texas Dallas County, 75040-6151
Coordinates 32°54′36″N 96°38′49″W / 32.90991°N 96.64708°W / 32.90991; -96.64708Coordinates: 32°54′36″N 96°38′49″W / 32.90991°N 96.64708°W / 32.90991; -96.64708
Information
School type Public high school
Motto Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve
School district Garland Independent School District
Superintendent Bob Morrison Ed.D[1]
Principal Atticus Wisener[2]
Assistant principals Rick Brandenburg[2]
Conce Rodriguez
Kenneth Washington
Gwen Jack
Sean Haskins
Grades 9-12
Language English
Color(s)           Black & Gold
Mascot Owls
Website

Garland High School is a public secondary school located in Garland, Texas (USA). Garland High School enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is a part of the Garland Independent School District. The school is a member of the AP program, the IB program, and is known for its football team, the Garland Owls.

History[edit]

Garland High School was founded 1902.[3][4] It is the oldest of the district's high schools, having celebrated its 100-year anniversary in the 2001-2002 school year. The school celebrated its 70th anniversary at the current location (referring to the current building) in the 2006-2007 school year. Garland High School is also the Arts Magnet for the District with its Performing Arts Endorsement Program, and also renowned for its International Baccalaureate program.


Garland High School began classes in the 1902-1903 academic year. Operating in the old Garland College building on the west side of 9th Street between Avenues A & B,the faculty offered primary, intermediate,high school and college-level instruction. Civic convocations were held in the auditorium, which accommodated crowds like the one shown here ca. 1912.[5]

Academic programs[edit]

The school attracts many students from around the city because of its variety of rigorous academic programs such as the IB program and long history.

  • IB Art - Students study art and design and are evaluated towards their final years on the merits of their Investigation Workbooks or art portfolio. This is followed by an art show and allows for students to independently evaluate themselves during the process.[6]

School of Performing Arts[edit]

The School of Performing Arts was approved by the GISD School Board. Graduates of the School of Performing Arts receive the Performing Arts Endorsement, sequence of courses designed for the artistically gifted/talented student and offers the opportunity to concentrate on the Performing Arts and gain proficiency in chosen areas of concentration during the high school years, much as a Music or Theatre Major does in college.

Upon completion of the prescribed course of study, a Performing Arts Endorsement shall be awarded to the student. This endorsement will accompany their official transcript, along with an explanation of the endorsement and its criteria, and will become applicable to university study or future professional endeavors. The Performing Arts Endorsement has been reviewed by both university and secondary administration. It has received praise for both its inclusiveness and its practicality.

Performing Arts Endorsement Types[edit]

  • Instrumental - Band
  • Instrumental - Orchestra
  • Vocal Music
  • Piano Performance
  • Theatre Arts - Performance
  • Theatre Arts- Technical
  • Classical Guitar
  • Film

Note that IB Theatre and PAE are two different things but may also be done concurrently.[7]

Extra-Curriculars[edit]

Dashing Debs[edit]

The drill team, the Dashing Debs, is rich in tradition, being the oldest drill team in the district, and one of the oldest in the state. Every halftime, the Debs start out their performance with their traditional kick routine, "Showbiz". At the homecoming game, the Debs traditionally perform a routine to "Pass Me By." And lastly, at every playoff game, they wear their traditional uniform and perform to "Olympia," which many of the fans and students just know as "the circle routine." The school year 2010-2011 marks the 65th anniversary of the Dashing Debs.

Sports[edit]

Garland High School has one of the most profound legacies of any school in its district, with its football team having won several state championships during its lifetime. In addition to football, Garland High School offers baseball, basketball, cross country, Dashing Debs (also known as the Drill Team), golf, gymnastics, marching band, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. Garland is the only high school in its district to offer a swimming team. Garland is part of the UIL Class 5A for the 2013-2014 school year, but will be reclassified under UIL Class 6A Region 2 District 11 for the 2014-2015 school year.

Notable alumni[edit]

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