McKinney Boyd High School

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McKinney Boyd High School
MBHS Entrance.jpg
Address
600 Lake Forest Dr.
McKinney, Texas, 75070
USA
Information
Type Public High School
Established 2006
School district McKinney Independent School District
Principal Parker Reed
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,003 (2010-11)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)           Scarlet & Navy
Athletics conference UIL Class 6A
Mascot Bronco Mascot logo.PNG
Website

McKinney Boyd High School (commonly Boyd, Boyd High School, McKinney Boyd, or MBHS) is a public secondary school located on North Lake Forest Drive in McKinney, Texas, USA that serves ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students. The class of 2008 was the school's first graduating class. The school is part of the McKinney Independent School District.

History and forward plans[edit]

This is the third high school in McKinney, the others being McKinney High School and McKinney North High School. Setting McKinney Boyd up proved controversial, with many students being compulsorily transferred from the other schools. Further, bussing long distances to achieve socio-economic diversity is being continued.[1]

Opened in August 2006, McKinney Boyd is named after Mary Crane Boyd who endowed an earlier school in 1914. Starting in fall 2007, Boyd began to enroll twelfth graders, and the school's current total enrollment is approximately 3,000 students. Beginning the 2008-2009 school year, McKinney Boyd High School started to compete in district 5A.

Boyd High School completed all construction of its school building with the completion of the third phase over the summer of 2007. Although McKinney Tx has been focusing on finishing its re-modeling of High-Way 75, there have been 3 community meetings in the City Of McKinney Tx since April 2011 regarding further construction. The city has been planning a separate building for McKinney Boyd, with its own indoor swimming pool for school use with its swim team, and to use the remaining land for a small golf course for its golf team. The building was not to have any classrooms, but be used for practice for its sports teams, such as the swim and golf team. As of June 2011 no other meeting had been planned, and the plan had been put on hold until the completion of the re-modeling of High-Way 75 with the intention of fully re-opening its roads by March 2012.


Boyd High School opened in September 2006 at costs exceeding $88 million. Boyd’s capacity is 3,000[2]

Academics[edit]

Boyd operates on a 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. schedule, which includes seven class periods and five thirty-minute lunch periods (A-E) spanning fourth and fifth periods. Students may not leave campus during this time due to MISD's strict closed campus policy.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Boyd allows most of its clubs to be started by some students, so long as each club has a sponsor and constitution.[3]

Sports teams include Soccer, Track and Field, Football, Bailadoras, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Cross Country, Swimming, Wrestling, Golf and Volleyball.

Soccer[edit]

Boyd's girl's soccer team won the State Championship in 2007 and 2011.

Band[edit]

The McKinney Boyd High School Band, or the Bronco Band, has had a successful début year. Its 2006 show titled Bohemia! is based on Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and was arranged by Dwayne Rice. The Boyd Band has competed at several marching competitions in 2006. The Boyd Band finished in sixth place in the preliminary round at the Denton Golden Triangle Classic. In the final round, they advanced to fourth place, ranking ahead of many larger bands.[4]

They also competed at the UIL Region 3-4A Marching Band competition on October 25, 2006 and received Sweepstakes Ratings, the highest rating awarded in marching band competition. The rating signifies a First Division Rating from all three judges at the competition.[5]

During the 2007-2008 school year the Boyd band performed the show Music for a Great City inspired by the writings of Aaron Copland. During the season the band finished ninth in finals at the Plano East marching invitational, earned unanimous first division ratings at UIL Region 25, and advanced to the 4A Area B marching contest where they earned ninth in prelims and seventh in finals.[6] The concert bands also received their first UIL Sweepstakes awards in the spring of 2008. Both Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band earned Sweepstakes after competing in Region 25 UIL Concert and Sight-reading.

The 2008-2009 show, titled eMotion, featured the music of Igor Stravinsky. It was made up of 4 parts, including "The Rite of Spring" and "Dumbarton Oaks". The Bronco Band gained full first division ratings at UIL All Region, and went on to play at the 5A Area marching contest. However, the band did not make it to finals.

The band's 2009 - 2010 show is titled On the Brink and was composed by Aaron Guidry. The band placed second at the Golden Triangle Classic marching invitational, losing to Wakeland. The following week, the band performed at the Plano East Marching Invitational. They placed 2nd in the prelims to Poteet; however, they went on to earn first place in finals.

The band's 2012 - 2013 show was entitled Fireworks was arranged by Brian Beck and included music composed by Korsakov, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. The band placed 7th at Plano East Marching Competition, got sweepstakes at UIL Region 25-5A, placed 2nd at the Wylie High School Marching Contest, finished 8th at the UIL Area B-5A Competition, and finished 9th at the Duncanvile Marching Invitational.

The band's 2013-2014 show was entitled Stardust

The band is currently in their 2014-2015 marching season. Their show, entitled What Goes In The Night, is arranged by Carol Brittin Chambers (Percussion by Bret Kuhn) and features selections from "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Grieg "Dream of a Witches Sabbath" by Berlioz, "Symphony Number 7" by Beethoven, and "Medea's Dance of Vengeance" by Barber.


Debate[edit]

In February 2010, two students of the McKinney Boyd High School debate team took first place in the Texas LBJ District Tournament in Public Forum Debate, advancing to the 2010 National Forensic League's National Debate Tournament in Kansas City. In the Summer of 2010, Chern and Braswell competed in the National Forensic League's National Debate Tournament, the largest academic competition in the world.[7] Chern and Braswell advanced to the 12th round of competition before being eliminated, placing 15th in the nation out of the 256 teams competing in Public Forum Debate (PFD) at the 2010 National Tournament. This was tied for the best PFD results from the state of Texas in the 2010 NFL National Tournament, and it is currently the best record and placement of any LBJ district PFD competitors.[8]

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Hollie Cavanagh, an American singer who placed 4th on the 11th season of American Idol,
  • Jeff Fuller, a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins and former Texas A&M receiver,

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boundary plan may not cut out long bus rides", Karen Ayres, The Dallas Morning News, January 6, 2006
  2. ^ "McKinney Boyd High School". 
  3. ^ "McKinney Boyd High School: Clubs". Retrieved 2007-01-09. [dead link]
  4. ^ Golden Triangle Marching Classic
  5. ^ Williamson Music Company
  6. ^ Untitled Document
  7. ^ "NFL Nationals Media Kit". NFL. National Forensic League. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "TFA NFL Results". Texas Forensic Association. Texas Forensic Association. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 

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