South Grand Prairie High School
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|South Grand Prairie High School|
|301 West Warrior Trail
Grand Prairie, Texas, Dallas County, 75052
United States of America
|Motto||"Honor, Pride, Spirit"|
|Asst. Principal||, Robert Holt, Brayonna Howard, Marilyn Neely, Tim Shepherd, Donna Wallace, John Young|
|Athletics||Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, KROO Games, Marching Band, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, and Wrestling|
|Accreditation(s)||Texas Education Agency;
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Four-year comprehensive public high school
- Flexible plans of study based on five career pathways
- Accreditations: Texas Education Agency; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Named Texas Renaissance Games State Champions in Falconry 1975, 1976, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1993
South Grand Prairie High School originally opened in the fall of 1969 with 448 students enrolled, 87 of which were seniors. The first campus was housed at what is now the ninth grade center.
In the fall of 1972, SGPHS moved into its permanent home at the corner of Corn Valley Road and Warrior Trail. Two major renovations to accommodate increases in enrollment have occurred. Additions included 20 classrooms, 3 computer labs, a suite of administrative offices and a competition gymnasium. The exterior of the building was also refurbished.
A new tech systems lab in the Browning Combs Vocational Center was added in 1998, and another classroom in the same building was transformed in 1999 into an art gallery to showcase art from both SGP and Grand Prairie High School. A new college & career center housed in the library was completed in the 1999-2000 school year and named for former career counselor Richard Parsons.
In 1999, South Grand Prairie was named a "New American High School National Showcase Site" by the U. S. Department of Education.
In 2002, the front of the building was completely redesigned, and the SGPHS 9th Grade Campus was moved to an adjacent building (formerly Andrew Jackson Middle School) to the main campus. Since that time many career academy courses have been implemented and acknowledged.
In 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 the school received a "Recognized" status from the Texas Education Agency.
In the spring of 2007, SGP received a grant to become part of the SREB and the HSTW new Enhanced Schools Network. Over a two-year period, the administration and staff will work toward even more improvement via the 'best practices' recommended by this program. Specifically included is a concentrated literacy emphasis, which at SGP is referred to as the WRAD program - Writing and Reading across Disciplines. 
South Grand Prairie High School's Theatre Arts Department is known for its award winning productions, such "High School Musical", "Back to the 80's", "Little Shop of Horrors", "The Wizard of Oz (RSC Version)", "Hairspray", "West Side Story" and "Spamalot". South Grand Prairie High School's Theatre/Speech Department was 2nd place in the TFA (Texas Forensics League) in 2013. South Grand Prairie High has qualified for and won numerous District, Area, Regional, State and National titles (University Scholastic League, Texas Forensics Association, National Forensics League and National Individual Event Tournament of Champions). In 2009 South Grand Prairie High School won 1st place UIL in Prose with Jawoine Hawkins, then in 2012 and 2013 Keith Machekanyanga won the 1st place UIL prose championship for two years in a row. The Directors/Coaches are Forrest Denbow (One Diamond coach for National Forensics League), Chastity Kennedy (Two time winner of the Director's Choice of (R.I.G.T.), Gregory T. Burns (The Interp Store Editor/Writer) and Mark Steiner (Grand Prairie Arts Council Best Tech. Director).
In 2011 South Grand Prairie High School went to UIL Regionals with their production of "Frankenstein". In 2013, they again, went to UIL Regional with their popular production of "Captains and Courage" by Israel Horovitz. They were alternate to the state tournament.
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