Midway High School

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Midway High School
Midway Red M Blue Trim.jpg
Address
8200 Mars Dr.
Waco, Texas, 76712-6575
United States
Information
School type Public high school
School district Midway ISD
Principal Jeff Gasaway
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2118[1] (2013)
Color(s)                Red, White & Blue
Athletics conference UIL Class 6A
Mascot Panther
Website

Midway High School is a UIL Class 6A high school in 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. The school was formerly located in Hewitt until the fall of 2003, when the current high school was built a half-mile away. The previous building is now Midway Middle School.

In 2013, the Texas Education Agency rated Midway High School as "Met Standard" with two distinctions earned for Academic Achievement in English/language arts and student progress.[1]

Demographics[edit]

The ethnic breakdown of Midway ISD 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.

Athletics[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Midway and its late superintendent, M.T. Rice, were known as pioneers in the development of Texas girls' basketball. The M.T. Rice Holiday Tournament, which features boys and girls teams from across the state, is one of the oldest and largest basketball tournaments in the state. Midway won the Class 4A state girls' basketball championship in 1994 under coach Reggie Davis. Davis is one of a few coaches in Texas history to guide both a boys team (Midway boys in 1973) and a girls team 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[edit]

In 2008, the Midway mile relay team won the Class 4A state championship with a time of 3:16.09.

Swimming[edit]

In 2010, Will Chandler won state gold in diving.

Football[edit]

Since 2008, the football team has been a regional power, making deep playoff runs, including the school's first championship game appearance in 2011. Under current head coach Terry Gambill, the team is 59-9 since 2010. Supported by multiple bond elections, the district renovated and expanded Panther Stadium for the 2010 season and built an indoor practice facility, slated to open in early 2015. Former Midway players have been recruited to college such as Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Stephen F. Austin.

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 & field[7]
    • 1975 (3A)
  • Volleyball[8]
    • 2007 (4A)

State runner-up finishes: baseball - 2005 (4A); girls' basketball - 1977 (3A), 1990 (4A; girls soccer' - 2004 (4A); softball - 1996 (4A); volleyball - 2006 (4A); football - 2011 (4A)

Notable programs[edit]

Midway added a robotics program in 2010 and an astronomy club in 2011, which has received attention for its portable, inflatable planetarium.[citation needed] Although traditional FFA and agriculture studies programs are not new to Midway, the growing interest led to a renovated ag barn in 2012.

Midway's speech and debate teams were nationally competitive throughout the 1980s-90s, consistently qualifying students for the National Forensic League tournament. Midway has won state championships in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (1995), policy debate (1993, 1995, 1996, 2000), informative speaking (1993), and persuasive speaking (1964, 1965, and 1993).

The Midway orchestra program received international recognition when it was invited to perform at the 2012 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Ill., for an audience of over 200 music educators. In 2012, the program was named a national finalist for the American Prize in Orchestra Performance, placing second. The orchestra program consistently produces UIL all-state musicians.

Lone Star Cup[edit]

In 2012, Midway ranked in the top 10 of UIL's Lone Star Cup Class 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 awarded 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 on television[edit]

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

Notable alumni athletes[edit]

References[edit]

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