Sam Rayburn High School
|Sam Rayburn High School|
|"There's only one way...and that's "The Rayburn Way""|
|Principal||Robert Stock |
|Asst. Principal||Vanessa Reyes, Sharla Winn, Charlie Riggs, Ayub Mokarzel, Temeka Brown, Chad Cox|
|Location||2121 Cherrybrook Ln.,
Pasadena, Texas, 77502, United States
|District||Pasadena Independent School District|
|Colors||White and Columbia Blue
|Website||Sam Rayburn High School|
Sam Rayburn High School is a public high school located in Pasadena, Texas in the United States. The school is a part of the Pasadena Independent School District.The mission of Sam Rayburn is to provide a supportive, ethical, academic environment in which students acquire the intellectual, social and technical knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their potential as responsible citizens in a dynamic global economy.
The school opened in 1964 and was expanded and renovated in the early 2000s. It is named after Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn, a Texas native and member of Texas House of Representatives and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives who served for 17 years. When Rayburn opened, its principal was Carter Lomax. Its first Head Coach was James O'Neil. In 2011 voters in PISD approved of a bond, which includes building a new competitive gymnasium for Rayburn.
Sam Rayburn's mascot is the Texan. Some Rayburnites eventually adopted Yosemite Sam from Warner Brothers Looney Tunes as the school's informal mascot. In 2007 PISD received warnings that if it didn't discontinue the use of Yosemite Sam as Sam Rayburn's mascot, the interested party would file copyright infringement charges in a court of law. PISD then forced Sam Rayburn to change its mascot. Yosemite Sam had been Rayburn's mascot for over 43 years. There are no official documents stating the incident but former graduates can remember the change.
The school's principal rival is Pasadena High School. The Sam Rayburn vs. PHS rivalry has been going on since Sam Rayburn became the second high school in Pasadena (3rd in Pasadena ISD) in the early 1960s. It is a tradition every year at Sam Rayburn to beat PHS. They play Pasadena the last game of the football season for the pride bowl and have an annual "Burn Baldy" before the game. Rayburn first defeated the Pasadena HS varsity football team in 1969. Sam Rayburn was the champion this year, and are on their 6th consecutive year.
One of Rayburn's secondary rivals is Pasadena Memorial High School. PMHS opened in 2003 and took a lot of Sam Rayburn's territory, including some of South Houston. Along with that, PMHS took students and athletes from Rayburn and South Houston, generally breaking up the old power houses of Pasadena. There is a natural hate between Sam Rayburn and Pasadena Memorial.
Feeder Schools 
- San Jacinto
Middle Schools Elementary
- Mae Smythe
- Golden Acres
- Bobby Shaw