West Orange-Stark High School

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West Orange-Stark High School
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Address
1400 Newton Avenue

West Orange, Texas

(409)882-5570

Information
Type Public, College Preparatory
Founded Building, 1966;

Namesake, 1977

School district West Orange-Cove CISD
Principal Hutcherson Hill
Enrollment 700 (21-AAA)
Color(s) Navy      Grey     
Athletics Cornel Thompson(director)
Mascot Mustang
Website

West Orange-Stark High School is a College Preparatory High school in West Orange, Texas, and the only high school in the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District, though some students report to the West Orange-Stark Academic Alternative Center.

History[edit]

The campus of West Orange-Stark High School was constructed in 1966, as a part of the West Orange ISD. West Orange ISD and Orange ISD which had Lutcher-Stark High School, consolidated the following year (1967). Initially, both high schools operated separately - with four grade levels per campus. In 1977, the two campuses consolidated. Referred to as the 'West' campus, West Orange-Stark High School's Newton Ave. school (the current WO-SHS) served the district's upperclassmen; the former Lutcher-Stark High school served the ninth and tenth grades as West Orange-Stark High School - East Campus. The first class of West Orange-Stark High School graduated in 1978. In the mid-1990s it was again necessary to close campuses due to drops in enrollment. Before this change was made, the West campus was added on to. The new 2-story sections included 2 halls, a library, a second cafeteria, and enclosed the outside of the existing 600-hall. Along with this came a new Athletic, Band, and Theater building, on the west side of the campus, and a Career and Technology Center on the east side of the campus. All of these buildings are still present.

2009 Renovation[edit]

In 2009, as a part of the 2007 Bond, the high school was renovated and remodeled. It got a new facade, which allowed more organized and safer entrances. The high school received the least amount of renovations, as it was in the best shape. The high school renovations were the first to be completed.

2011 Retirement/Resignation Incentive[edit]

Due to minor local fund balance shortfalls, and projected state fund balance shortfalls, the West Orange-Cove CISD offered district staff a 10% (of annual pay) sign-off bonus. Retirees and resignees include; longtime coach and Athletic director Dan Hooks; 3 Industrial Trade teachers, which includes 1 Drivers Education teacher; Food Production staff, and many core class teachers. The district also decided to lay off 15 probationary employees, who have less than 2 years of service. The district decided also to cut the business program, allowing the 2 remaining Business teachers to teach Technology courses.

Administration[edit]

As of August 2010, the principal is Mr. Hutcherson Hill, who served in the same position Sul Ross Elementary, and Lake Air Middle School, both of the Waco Independent School District. Mr. Hill also served as an Assistant Principal at Waco High School. Other administrators include;[1]

  • Kevin Hayes, Assistant Principal - Classes of 2015, 2013
  • Lynda Willie, Assistant Principal - Classes of 2014, 2016
  • Michelle Duhon, Curriculum Coordinator
  • Rod Anderson, whom serves as the Coordinator of the Academic Alternative Center.

Academics[edit]

Due to revision of the accountability system by the Texas Education Agency, West Orange-Stark High School has no rating for the Accountability year of 2012.

The school offers many AP and Dual-Enrollment classes, (Lamar State College- Orange Courses) for Juniors and Seniors. Along with the Career Center courses, and core education classes, other electives offered include; Drivers Education, Individual Sports, Team Sports, Aerboic Activities, Foundations of Personal Fitness, Dance, Art, Theatre Production, Technical Theater, Musical Theory, Choral Music, Instrumental Ensemble, and others.

The school also offers a credit recovery-advancement program, along with Credit by Examination tests in the Summer and Winter.

The campus utilizes an '8-period day' schedule.

West Orange-Stark High School was named a 'Mentor High School' in 2000.

WO-SHS has also been named a part of "High Schools that Work" for several years.

The school newspaper is the 'Mustang Message' The yearbook is the 'Mustang Memories'

Career Center[edit]

The WOSHS Career Center is highly successful. Students from all 5 districts in Orange County utilize the Career Center, which offers many trades needed in the job market. These courses include;[2] Concepts of Engineering & Technology, Principles of Architecture & Construction, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Practicum in Construction Management, (Principles of Art, A/V Technology, and Communication), Animation, Practicum in A/V Production, Graphic Design and Illustration, Principles of Informative Technology, Digital & Interactive Media, Research in Informative Technology Solutions, Touch Systems Data Entry, Principles of Education, Interpersonal Studies, Practicum in Health Science, Gerontology, Medical Terminology, Pharmacy Technology, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, Culinary Arts, Principles of Manufacturing, Building Maintenance Technology, Precision Metal Manufacturing, Scientific Research & Design, Robotics & Automation, Principles of Transportation & Logistics, Energy Power and Transportation Systems, and many more. (It should be noted that course availability is based on student interest).

The Machining, Building Trades, and Media Technology departments of the Career Center have won various awards among the State's VICA group.

Athletics[edit]

The Mustangs have several state and regional championships in all sports. The Mustangs Home stadium is named after Coach Dan Hooks, who was Athletic Director for 20+ years. Many WO-S High alumnae become successful in both college and professional sports, such as recent graduate Earl Thomas, who was drafted in 2010 by the Seattle Seahawks.

During a Sept.17, 2010 game, team Quarterback Reginald Garrett walked to the sidelines and fell to the ground. It was rumored that he was having a seizure and also rumored that he had a history of seizures. His mother explained that he only had one seizure when he was three years old from a high fever and none since. While still conscious, he was removed from the field by paramedics. He was later pronounced dead at Memorial-Hermann Baptist Hospital - Orange. As the word of his death made its way across the stadium, fans poured out of Hooks Stadium to go visit the player's family at the hospital. The following game was cancelled.[3]

In 2011, as a part of the retirement incentive plan, longtime Athletic Director Dan R Hooks retired. Coach Cornel Thompson was selected to take his place.

Extra-curriculars[edit]

West Orange-Stark High School offers students the following clubs and organizations:

Academic Team, Art Club, Band, Business Professionals of America, Cheerleaders, Choir, Culinary Arts Club, DECA, Drama Club (Thespians), Drill Team, Foreign Language Club, Homecoming, HOSA, Key Club, Library Club, Mustangs for the Master, National Forensic League, National Honor Society, Press Club, Prom Court, Science Team, Stark Reading Contest, Student Government, TAFE (Texas Association of Future Educators), TEAM TCA- Competitors for Christ, VICA - Auto Collision Repair, VICA - Auto Technology, VICA - Building Trades, VICA - Media Technology, VICA - Metal Trade.

School Song[edit]

Far out on the coastal prairie

standing plain to view,

is our dear West Orange-Stark High School,

towering toward the blue.

Hail! All hail, our Alma Mater,

hail West Orange-Stark High!

We bear thee a love so fervent

it shall never die!

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Tom Byron, award winning adult film star
  • Chris Cole, former wide receiver for the Denver Broncos.
  • Jim Colvin, former defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. Graduated from Lutcher-Stark, before the consolidation
  • Ox Emerson, former defense for Detroit Lions; graduated from Orange ISD, before the consolidation. Orange HS graduate.
  • Greg Hill, former cornerback for the Houston Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Raiders. Graduated from Lutcher-Stark, before the consolidation
  • Charles Knipp, comedian, "Shirley Q. Liquor"
  • John Patterson, former pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Kevin Smith, former cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Earl Thomas current safety for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Tom Windham, artist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frontpage of WO-SHS website (http://hs.woccisd.net) lists Hill as principal. Stadium is listed on Athletics "subpage".
  2. ^ Course List; "CHOICES: Your guide to the courses offered at West Orange Stark High School"
  3. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/18/football.star.dies/index.html