Midway High School

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Midway High School
Midway Red M Blue Trim.jpg
8200 Mars Dr
Waco, Texas, 76712-6575
United States
School type Public high school
School district Midway ISD
Principal Jeff Gasaway
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2107[1] (2010)
Color(s)                Red, White & Blue
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAA
Mascot Panthers/Pantherettes

Midway High School is a 5A high school in the Midway Independent School District, which serves the Waco, Texas area. Although the school is located in southwestern Waco, most students live in the suburbs of Woodway and Hewitt. Up until the fall of 2003, Midway High School was located on Hewitt Drive in Hewitt. The newly constructed building is a few thousand feet away, in the city limits of Waco. The previous high school is now used as Midway Middle School, which is in the city limits of Hewitt.

The ethnicity breakdown of Midway is approximately: 64.8% White, 17.1% Hispanic, 11.6% African American, 4.3% Asian, 1.0% Native American, 0.1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and 1.1% two or more ethnicities. In 2013, the Texas Education Agency rated Midway High School as "Met Standard" with two distinctions earned for Academic Achievement in ELA and Student Progress.


Boys and Girls Basketball Midway High School and its late superintendent were known as pioneers in the development of girl's basketball in the state. The M.T. Rice Holiday Tournament, which features elite boys and girls teams from across the state and country, is one of the oldest and largest basketball tournaments in the state. Under the direction of legendary coach Reggie Davis, Midway won the 4A State girl's basketball championship in 1994. Davis is one of the few coaches in Texas history to guide both a boys team (the Midway Boys in 1973) and a girls team (on multiple occasions) to the state tournament. Midway alumni have gone on to play college basketball at programs across the state, including the University of Texas and Baylor.

Track & Field In 2008, the Midway High School mile relay team won the 4A state championship with a time of 3:16.09. In 2011, Head Boys Coach is Kenneth Wiethorn. Head Girls Coach is Ronny Boles.

Swimming In 2010, Midway's Will Chandler won state gold in diving. Head Swim Coach is Dan Marlin.

Football The football team has an excellent record and is supported by generous community funding. The team expects to add to a new indoor practice stadium to their already impressive facilities in the near future. Former Midway players are active on collegiate teams including Baylor, Stephen F. Austin, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and the TCU Horned Frogs.

State Titles[edit]

  • Baseball - [2]
    • 2003(4A)
  • Girls Basketball - [3]
    • 1955(B), 1969(2A), 1973(2A), 1975(3A), 1976(3A), 1994(4A), 2009(4A)
  • Girls Cross Country - [4]
    • 1982(4A)
  • Boys Soccer - [5]
    • 2002(4A)
  • Softball - [6]
    • 1998(4A), 2010(4A)
  • Girls Track - [7]
    • 1975(3A)
  • Volleyball - [8]
    • 2007(4A)

State Runner-Ups: Baseball - 2005(4A), Girls Basketball - 1977(3A), 1990(4A), Girls Soccer - 2004(4), Softball - 1996(4A),Volleyball - 2006(4A), Football - 2011(4A)

Notable Programs[edit]

Midway High School added a new robotics program in 2010. The team competed at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Competition in May of 2013.

The MHS Astronomy Club, established in 2011, has already received abundant media attention for the portable, inflatable planetarium. The planetarium in Central Texas was a grant from the Midway ISD Education Foundation.

Although FFA and Agriculture studies are not new to Midway, the growing program is adding a renovated barn in 2012. The MHS agriculture program has tripled in size in just a few years.

Midway has a rich history of success in speech and debate programs. Midway Speech and Debate was nationally competitive throughout the 1980s and 1990s and consistently qualified students for the National Forensic League national tournament. In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Midway won the UIL State tournament in 1995. In policy debate, Midway won the UIL State tournament in 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2000. In Informative Speaking, Midway won the UIL State tournament in 1993. In Persuasive Speaking, Midway won the UIL State tournament in 1964, 1965, and 1993. The Speech and Debate team at MHS has seen a tremendous amount of success in the last few years. In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Midway won their UIL District tournament in 2010. In policy debate, Midway took first place in their UIL district in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2013, reached the quarterfinals of the UIL State tournament in 2009 and 2013, and qualified teams for the Texas Forensic Association state tournament in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, a Midway policy debate team won the National Forensic League Yellow Rose District tournament in 2013, qualifying for the national tournament. In both persuasive and informative speaking, Midway has taken first place in their UIL district every year since 2011. Midway Speech and Debate is coached by Susan Jones. In addition, the team is consulted by Dr. Matthew Gerber, the Baylor University Director of Debate.

The Orchestra program is less than a decade old, but achieved international recognition when they were invited to perform at the 2012 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Ill, for an audience of over 200 music educators. In 2012, MHS Orchestra was named a national finalist for the American Prize in Orchestra Performance, placing second behind a school from New York. The group submitted a recording of more than thirty minutes of music to compete against any other high school in the nation, as judged by a panel. MHS Orchestra Director Dr. Beau Benson was also an individual finalist in the Orchestra Conducting category. The MHS Camerata ranked fifth in the state amongst all classifications in 2011-12. The orchestra program consistently generates All State Musicians, as well as a Young Master (Brendan Carrillo-2012), and Carnegie Hall Performers (Haeun and Hayoung Moon-2013). The MISD orchestra program runs the Central Texas Opera Festival and Director Dr. Beau Benson wrote a custom score to Nosferatu, now used by multiple schools in the state.

Lone Star Cup[edit]

In 2012, Midway ranked in the top 10 of UIL's Lone Star Cup 4A rankings for the fifth year in a row, before moving to 5A in the 2012-13 school year.[9] The Texas Lone Star Cup is given by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and is based on a school district’s combined academic and athletic achievements.

In addition to strong athletics and academics, Midway was named "One of the Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation four straight years.[10]

Midway High School on television[edit]

Midway High School was the setting of the 2006 teen drama series Texas Cheer Moms on The Learning Channel.[11]

Notable alumni athletes[edit]


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