San Marcos High School (Texas)

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San Marcos High School
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One School, One Student Body, Rattlers Forever
2601 East McCarty Lane
San Marcos, Texas, 78666
United States
Coordinates 29°50′29″N 97°58′21″W / 29.84139°N 97.97250°W / 29.84139; -97.97250Coordinates: 29°50′29″N 97°58′21″W / 29.84139°N 97.97250°W / 29.84139; -97.97250
Type Public
Founded 1918
Founder Southwest Texas Normal School
School district San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District
CEEB Code 446325
Dean Cecily Moore
Principal Kelly Lopez
Faculty 207
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 2,012
Average class size 18.6 - 23.6
Student to teacher ratio 14.7
School color(s) Purple and White
Slogan Home of the Rattlers
Athletics conference AAAA
Mascot Rattler
Accreditation Texas Education Agency
Average SAT scores (2008) 960
Average ACT scores (2008) 19.4
Budget $10,282,180
Feeder schools Miller Junior High School and Goodnight Junior High School
Graduates (2008) 363

San Marcos High School is a secondary school in San Marcos, Texas. The school serves grades 9 through 12, and is part of the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District.


  • Principal - Kelly Lopez
  • Dean of Academics and Career Readiness - Cecily Moore
  • Administrator of the Arts & Communication Academy and Hospitality, Business, & Law Academy - Rebecca Newton
  • Administrator of the Applied Science Academy and Health and Human Services Academy - Debbie Smith
  • Incoming 9th Graders Assistant Principal - Adam Garza
  • AS & HHS Academy Assistant Principal - CJ Odam
  • AC & HBL Assistant Principal - Yvette Velasquez

Mission statement[edit]

The San Marcos CISD, in partnership with parents and community, will provide a quality education for all students, empowering them to pursue productive and fulfilling lives in an ever-changing, interdependent world.


In 1918 Southwest Texas Normal School (SWT) built the Education Building “intended in large part as a demonstration and laboratory school.” San Marcos High School was originally built on the block of Comanche and Hutchison. In 1939 the Auditorium-Laboratory School Building was completed by the college and all public school students, kindergarten through 6th grade, were housed there. By 1941 all the public school students were located on the college campus.

By 1949 the college and the public schools were so full that the last of the Coronal Buildings were destroyed to build a new High School on the site. In the fall of 1951 the first students moved into the brand new school, which consisted of grades 10-12. In the fall of 1952, grades 9 through 12 were housed in the high school.
Bonham Elementary opened in 1951, Travis Junior High School and Bowie Elementary opened in 1954, and Crockett Elementary in 1964. By 1965, all San Marcos Public Schools were gone from the Southwest Texas campus. In the following years, San Marcos CISD had continued to construct new campuses. This included the San Marcos High School which today is the Lamar Annex. It was used as the high school campus from 1951 until 1958. A newer High School was built in 1958 on Highway 123 and remained there for 45 years.

In 2003 San Marcos voters approved a multimillion dollar bond to construct new district facilities, which included funds to construct the newly completed campus on McCarty Lane.

Pride and tradition[edit]

Alma Mater: Hail to dear old S.M High School, High upon a hill. We have never lost our spirit, and we never will. Hail to Rattlers, Dear old Rattlers, loyal always be. Hail to thee, our Alma Mater, our hearts belong to thee.

Fight Song: Fight, Fight, Fight for San Marcos High; We have the spirit never to die. See our colors purple and white. We're out to win this game tonight. We are the Rattlers, best in the land. We play the game as best as we can. All you Snakes of S.M High, we're out to Fight, Fight, Fight. Yea Purple! Yea White! Yea Rattlers! Fight! Fight! Fight! Snakes fight! Snakes Fight! Yea Snakes Fight!


The San Marcos Education Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public corporation operating independently under its own board of directors. The Foundation was created over 12 years ago to generate financial support for educational programs that are not available through the normal operating budget of the San Marcos CISD. The funds generated are used for programs and activities that facilitate student achievement, recognize and encourage staff excellence, and provide vital links between the community and the classroom.Part of the long term planning by the Foundation is to expand the support base of the SMCISD Community. A primary initiative included the formation of the San Marcos High School Alumni & Friends Association.

The Mission of the San Marcos Alumni & Friends Association is to enrich and enhance lifelong relationships by uniting all alumni & friends and motivating them to support and promote the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District through its partnership with the San Marcos Education Foundation.

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