Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School

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Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Type Public, Secondary
Motto "Girls Today, Women Tomorrow, Leaders Forever".
School district Dallas Independent School District
Principal Vivian Taylor-Samudio
Grades 6-12
Color(s) Black and Red
Mascot Panther

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School is the first public all-girls' school in the U.S. state of Texas.[1] Rangel, a part of the Dallas Independent School District, is located in Fair Park, Dallas.[2]

The school was established in 2004.[3]

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School graduated its first class in 2009 and continues to serve its motto: Girls Today. Women Tomorrow. Leaders Forever.


Through grants, the Foundation for the Education of Young Women (supports programs to enhance the education experience at Irma Rangel to support three core values: College Preparation, Responsible Leadership and Wellness Life Skills.[4] The Irma L. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School is the First All-Girls Public Magnet School in Texas. Originally housed in the historic Stephen J. Hay Building, located at 3801 Herschel Ave, in the city's Oak Lawn district, it opened its doors to students on August 16, 2004 under the leadership of Principal Vivian Taylor-Samudio, with 125 girls. In the 2005-2006 school year the school expanded to receive 9th grade students. During the 2006-2007 school year, it has expanded to receive 6th & 10th grade students. The school finally reached grades 6 through 12 during the 2008-2009 school year, graduating its first class in the 2008-2009 academic school year. It continues to strive in teaching young girls great morals and standards.[5]

The school is named after the Honorable Irma Lerma Rangel who was the first Mexican-American woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives, and the first woman elected as Chair of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus.[6]


TEA exemplary school (2006 to present); sixth place 30th Annual Mathematics Olympiad

Principal of the Year nominee: Vivian Taylor-Samudio

First place in 2005 Dallas Art Educators Association: Kathryn Tharp

Kimberly Ferguson received the 2008 STEM award by TI (Texas Instruments) 2008 STEM award recipient.

Won in the District 5A High School One-Act Play Competition for the 2007-2008 school year

Received grant from the Dallas Museum of Art for the 6th grade Talented and Gifted class for 2008-2009 school year.

Received grant from Citibank for Introduction to Business class for 7th and 8th graders.

It became a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

In 2012, ranked as the 3rd best high school and the 2nd best middle school in the North Texas area by Children at Risk, a research and advocacy institute dedicated to helping children.

In 2013, the Math and Science Team competed in the TMSCA (Texas Math & Science Coaches Association) State Championship. The team won 1st place in Science, 4th in General Mathematics, 8th place in Number Sense, 9th place in Calculator,[7] and took 4th place in Sweepstakes.[8] Many trophies and medals were also awarded to team members individually.[9] [10]

Extracurricular activities: Lacrosse, Academic Decathlon, Volleyball, and Basketball, Math and Science Team.

Special Programs: Student Laptop Program, Advisory Groups, Handbells, Drama


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  2. ^ "Our Schools." Foundation for the Education of Young Women. Retrieved on May 23, 2011. "The school is located in Fair Park at 1718 Robert B. Cullum Boulevard."
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