Richland High School (Texas)
|Richland High School|
|5201 Holiday Lane
North Richland Hills, Texas, 76180
|Type||Co-Educational, Public, Secondary|
|School district||Birdville Independent School District|
|Rival||Haltom High School|
|Feeder schools||North Ridge Middle School & North Richland Middle School|
|Website||Richland Hills High|
Richland High School opened in 1961 as the second high school in the Birdville Independent School District. The school was expanded over time to meet the needs of the community, including a major expansion in the late 1980s that added a new main entrance, classroom wing, cafeteria, and administration offices.
A 2006 bond package funded a nearly-complete demolition of the original school. Only the original auditorium, the band hall, and the wing added in the late 1980s (including the library and cafeteria) were retained, while the rest of the structure was demolished and replaced with student parking. A brand-new facility was built in the old student parking area, connected to the remnants of the original structure. The new school reopened for the 2009-2010 school year.
On Friday, September 28, 1984, Richland was the site of a school shooting. No students or faculty were killed, though the shooter, Barry Wayne Shaw, a 1981 alumnus of Richland, was charged and convicted in the fatal shooting of a Dallas karate instructor, Jimmy Glen Wilson, on Monday of that week.
In 2011, the Richland High School Marching Band merged with the Birdville High School Marching Band and the Haltom High School Marching Band to become the All-Birdville ISD Marching Band; they were one of 13 marching bands to take part in the annual Tournament of Roses parade in Pasedena, California.
- Lanny Bassham, Olympic Gold Medal marksman, class of 1965.
- Kelly Blackwell - Former NFL player (1993 for Los Angeles Rams, 1993 for Dallas Cowboys, and 1992 for Chicago Bears) and tight end for TCU, class of 1987.
- Mark Brooks (golfer) - PGA golfer, winner of the 1996 PGA Championship and 6 other PGA Tour events, class of 1979.
- Sandra Brown - Romance novelist, class of 1966 as Sandra Cox.
- Kambri Crews - Author, producer and performer, class of 1989.
- Wendy Davis (politician) - State senator for District 10 in the Texas State Senate, class of 1981.
- Craig Lancaster - Novelist, class of 1988.
- Gary Morris - Country music singer, class of 1967.
- Brandon Oldenburg, Academy Award winner, class of 1991.
- Kay Granger taught English and journalism at Richland High School before starting her political career.
Awards and recognitions
|2003||Varsity Bowling||State Championship Tournament (1st Place)|
|2003||Marching Band||UIL 4A State Competition (1st Place)|
|2006||Varsity Cheerleaders||NCA National Championship (1st Place)|
|2008||7-on-7 Football||National Championship (1st Place)|