Sam Houston High School (Arlington, Texas)

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Sam Houston High School
2000 Sam Houston Drive
Arlington, Texas, Tarrant County, 76014
Type Co-Educational, Public, Secondary
Motto "In the Halls of Sam Houston, there are no strangers."
Established 1963
Principal Fernando Benavides
Grades 9-12
Number of students approx. 3,300
Color(s) Red      White      and Blue     
Athletics UIL Class 5A
Mascot The Long Tall Texan
Accreditation Texas Education Agency
Newspaper "Texans Talk"
Yearbook SHHS Cherokee Yearbook
Team Name Texans
Main Office Phone Number 682.867.8200

Sam Houston High School is a secondary school serving grades 9-12 students who live in the eastern part of Arlington, Texas and the western part of Grand Prairie, Texas. It is part of the Arlington Independent School District, in Arlington, Texas. The mascot of the school is the Long Tall Texan, and the school colors are red, white, and blue.


Sam Houston, AISD's second high school, opened in the fall of 1963. Originally the campus was located on Browning Drive (Hutcheson Junior High School is now located there). The original boundary between Sam Houston and Arlington High School was described by Cathy Brown of The Dallas Morning News as "a north/south zig zag."[1]

In 1965 AISD desegregated, so Sam Houston High School became a desegregated high school. In 1970 the high school moved to its current location east of New York Avenue, on the side of Pioneer Parkway opposite to the side the former campus sits on.


Every year, Sam Houston has the most students participating in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in the district.

The Class of 2011 was the first IB graduating class.

More than twenty students were awarded with the IB diploma from the Class of 2013, the most awarded in the district.

Accelerated Academic Programs[edit]

IB (International Baccalaureate) Program
AP (Advanced Placement) Program
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program
TRIO programs: Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search
Dual Credit course opportunities at Tarrant County College

Fine Arts Programs[edit]

Symphony Orchestra
Philharmonic Orchestra
Cello Choir
Jazz Band
Concert Orchestra
Wind Symphony Band
Symphonic Band
Concert Band
Marching Band
Color Guard
Winter Guard
Mariachi Band (as known as: "El Mariachi Tejano de Sam Houston")
Visual Arts


Athletic Teams/Sports available:

Boys Football
Boys and Girls Basketball
Boys Baseball
Girls Softball
Girls Cheerleading
Girls Drill Team
Boys and Girls Soccer
Girls Volleyball
Boys and Girls Wrestling
Swimming Team
Tennis Team
Gymnastics Team
Golf Team
Boys and Girls Cross Country
Boys and Girls Track and Field

Other Extracurricular Clubs/Organizations[edit]

Some Clubs/Organizations at Sam Houston:

Student Council
Class Councils
National Honor Society
National Spanish Honor Society
Key Club
Interact Club
Spotlight Literary Magazine
SHHS Cherokee Yearbook
Texans Talk Newspaper
Photo Club
Guitar Club
Muslim Students Association
NAACP Youth Council
Earth and Science Club
Mock Trial
Debate Team
Academic Decathlon
UIL Academic Teams
Robotics Club
Chess Club
Art Club
Tex-Annes Drill Team
Texan Corps/Bell Guards
Sam Houston Young Life
"Project Soar"

School Fight Song by Doreen Young[edit]

Fight! Texans fight,

Fight on to glory and to fame.

Fight! Texans fight,

With banners high we'll win this game,

Let's everybody shout it,

Fight! Texans fight!

With courage, faith and loyalty,

Fight Sam Houston High School!

Fight on to Victory!

Alma mater by Robert Rober[edit]

We sing to you our alma mater, and your colors bright.

Your name and fame we will remember as a guiding light.

Houston High School you we honor.

Houston High School you we praise.

We raise our voices to your glory,

Ever faithful, ever true.

And when our days with you have ended we will always be

True sons and daughters of Sam Houston!

We'll remember thee—Remember thee!


Famous & Notable Alumni:

  • Félix Enríquez Alcalá sometimes credited as Felix Alcala (class of 1969) - is an American film and television director.
  • Mike Adams (class of 1992) - Wide Receiver Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Mark Clayton (class of 2000) - Wide Receiver Baltimore Ravens
  • Gary Bledsoe (class of 1968) - Founder of Bledsoe Brace, orthopedic products
  • Thasunda Brown Duckett (class of 1991) CEO of Chase Auto Finance, one of the nation's largest auto lenders, and a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Damon Dunn (class of 1994)- American politician, minister, and retired football player:
  • Trey Hillman (class of 1981) - [Major League Baseball]
  • Charley Jones (class of 1968) - Hosts KRLD’s overnight talk show, Texas Overnight, which airs from midnight to 4 a.m.
  • Lisa Love (class of 1974) - Former athletic director of Arizona State University. At the time Love was one of only three female athletic directors in a Division I of the NCAA. Love began her administrative career at USC. Prior to becoming an assistant athletic director, Love served as the volleyball head coach at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Southern California, leading her teams to the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament 13 times. In 2005 she was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame. She now travels as a motivational speaker.
  • Steve Martindale (class of 1981) - President of Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington)
  • Fabian Moreno (class of 2000) - Actor
  • Guy Morriss (class of 1969) - Former center/guard (15 seasons) Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots; former head football coach at Baylor University
  • Lynn Watson (class of 1967) - Western Character Actor
  • Christine Wicker (class of 1971) - During her 17 years at The Dallas Morning News, she was a feature writer, columnist and religion reporter. Her first book was a true crime tale co-authored with a Dallas street cop named John Matthews, was entitled The Eyeball Killer. Her second book was a spiritual autobiography called God Knows My Heart. She is also the author of Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town that Talks to the Dead.
  • Penny Willrich (class of 1971) - Former judge on the Arizona Superior Court, same court where former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor once served. Associate Dean of Phoenix Law School, Judge Penny Willrich served as the first African American woman trial court judge in the history of the State of Arizona from 1999 to 2005. Was first female and African American president of the Student Congress at the University of Texas at Arlington. Named Outstanding African American Alumna 1999 at UT Arlington.

The Sam Houston Alumni Association's website is:


  1. ^ 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.

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