Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas)
|Mirabeau B. Lamar High School|
|Arlington, Texas, Tarrant County, 76012
|Type||Public High School|
|Number of students||approx. 2800 (2009-2010 academic year)|
|School color(s)||Navy Blue, Gold|
|Athletics||UIL District 4-6a|
|Rival||Arlington High School & Martin high school|
|Website||Lamar High School|
The school, which handles grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Arlington Independent School District. The current principal is Larry Harmon, who replaced Jeff Provence in 2012 after Provence left at the end of the 2011-12 school year. The school mascot is a viking, and the school colors are navy blue and gold. As of May 21, 2007, 2,683 students attend the school, making it the third largest high school in the city.
Lamar was recognized in 1995 as one of the nation's top 50 high schools by U.S. News & World Report. In May of 2013, Lamar was awarded the designation of National Demonstration School by Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Lamar boasts an unusually strong alumni base and has several outside websites related to its extracurricular and alumni activities.
Lamar High School serves areas of Northern Arlington and Northwestern Grand Prairie. It is racially and culturally integrated, with large populations of Latino and African-American students.
In addition to athletics programs, Lamar competes in UIL Academics, Academic Decathlon, and many fine arts activities. Lamar was the TMEA Honor Orchestra in 2005. LHS offers AP classes in the following subjects: English Literature, English Language, Latin, Spanish, French, German, Music Theory, U.S. History, World History, European History, Psychology, US Government, Comparative Government, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, and Statistics.
Based on the size, athletic success, and competitiveness of some larger schools, UIL and has created a Class 6A Classification as of February 2013. Lamar High School was included in the changes of classifications, and is now a Class 6A school.
Lamar opened in 1970 as AISD's third high school. Lamar relieved Arlington High School and Sam Houston High School. Cathy Brown of The Dallas Morning News said that Lamar's effect on Sam Houston was "minimal" because there were very few housing units located north of Division and east of Collins. Brown said that "[t]he effect on Arlington High School was huge" since the housing in the Arlington zone north to division had been moved to Lamar. 12th grade students that had been zoned out of Arlington High School continued to attend Arlington High School, despite being in the Lamar zone.
- Previously known as the Peach Bowl, the Colt-Viking Rivalry
- Arlington Lamar High and Arlington High
- Baseball rivalry: Arlington Lamar High and Arlington Martin High
- Corinne Bohrer: film and television actress
- Sean Lowe: Former Bachelor and television personality
- Taylor Cole: Actress, Summerland and numerous other shows
- Corby Davidson: Radio Personality, KTCK 1310 The Ticket
- James Duff: Creator, executive director and head writer of TNT's The Closer
- Fred Jackson: Buffalo Bills running back
- Lauren Lane: Actress, The Nanny and other productions
- Scott McGarrahan: Former NFL defensive back (1998–2005) for Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions
- Joe Walker: NFL defensive back (2001–2014) for Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts; played collegiately at the University of Alabama
- Jeremy Wariner: Gold medalist in 400 meters and 4x400 relay at 2004 Summer Olympics, silver medalist in 400 meters and gold medalist in 4x400 relay at 2008 Summer Olympics
- Mitch Willis: Former NFL defensive lineman (1985–90) for Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys; played collegiately at SMU
- Rich Thompson: Former UT Austin Baseball (1980) former player for the Atlanta Braves (1982–83)
- Billy Miller: Actor, The Young and the Restless and All My Children; 2010 Daytime Emmy award winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
- Mark M. Shelton: Texas House of Representatives District 97 (2009-2013), physician at Cook Children's Hospital
The Feeder Schools for Lamar High School are Shackelford Junior High (which is fed by Pope, Butler, Wimbish and Speer elementary schools) and Nichols Junior High (which is fed by Ellis, Sherrod, Larson, Roquemore and Webb elementary schools).
- Brown, Cathy (editorial columnist). "No blackboard jungles despite changing demographics." The Dallas Morning News. Wednesday October 14, 1998. Opinions Arlington 7A. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
- Martindale, David. "Arlington Lamar grad Billy Miller makes a name for himself on Y&R". Fort Worth Star Telegram. January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
- "Mark Shelton". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 30, 2014.