Wichita Falls High School

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Wichita Falls High School
Address
2149 Avenue H and Coyote Blvd.
Wichita Falls, Texas, Wichita, 76309
United States
Information
School type Public, Secondary
Established 1891
School district Wichita Falls Independent School District
Superintendent John Frossard
Principal Debbie Dipprey
Asst. Principal Dee Palmore
Assistant principals Greg Darden, J'Bill Merrick
Grades 9th - 12th
Enrollment 1,473 (2013/2014)
Color(s) Red & Black            
Athletics Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Powerlifting, Track, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Baseball, Softball, and Golf
Mascot Coyote
Rival S. H. Rider High School
Newspaper "The Coyote News"
Website

Wichita Falls High School (WFHS) is a public school in Wichita Falls, Texas (USA). It is part of the Wichita Falls Independent School District (WFISD) and is one of the district's three high schools.

Located at 2149 Avenue H and Coyote Blvd., the school serves students in grades nine through twelve.

As the original high school in the city, Wichita Falls High School is locally known as "Old High." The school was originally founded in 1891 and the current building was built in 1922[1] and is a state historic landmark.

The high school's mascot is the coyote.

Student demographics[edit]

As of the 2013-2014 school year, Wichita Falls High School had a total of 1,473 students (47.41% White, 35.2% Hispanic, 15.6% African American, 1.8% Asian, and 0.3% Native American).[2]

2011-2012 Accountability rating[edit]

Based on the accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency on August 1, 2012, Wichita Falls High School is currently rated "Academically Acceptable".[3]

The WFISD also awarded Wichita Falls High School with an award for the district's highest GPA, every year from 1991-2002. The award was discontinued in 2002.

Athletics[edit]

Whether at home or away, during the glory years the Wichita Falls team was always a handful for its opponents.

—Ty Cashion[4]

Wichita Falls had one of the most predominant football programs for more than 30 years, from the late 1930s to the early 1970s. Under the guidance of head coaches Ted Jeffries (1931–43), Thurman Jones (1944–46), Joe Golding (1947–61), and Donnell Crosslin (1965–79), the Wichita Falls Coyotes made the state finals ten times between 1937 and 1971, winning six times.

As of the 2007-08 football season, the Wichita Falls High School has won eight Quarterfinal Championships, fifteen Regional Championships, eighteen Area Championships, nineteen Bi-District Championships, and thirty-six District Championships since 1923.

In September 2007, Texas Monthly Magazine named Wichita Falls High School as the top high school football program in state history.

Student Journalism[edit]

Wichita Falls High School's journalism program continues to publish the school's newspaper and yearbook.

Mrs. Anetta Reusch managed the award winning program for numerous years until her retirement in 2013. Mr. Jason Byas has since taken the reigns of the organization as the faculty adviser.

In 2013, the organization was reevaluated and the two publications were restructured to publish under the entity WFHS Publishing. The move was initially meant to save cost for the newspaper and yearbook and improve communication throughout the program and the publications it publishes.

Since the restructuring, the newspaper has, for the first time in over five years, made a profit and the yearbook has increased quarterly sales.

The newspaper runs an online edition of the paper at www.thecoyotenews.com. WFHS Publishing has also published a history guide to Wichita Falls High School which is available on their website.

Rivalry[edit]

Wichita Falls High School has participated in the rivalry against S.H. Rider High School since the building of Rider in 1961. Beginning the week of the infamous game, the Wichita Falls Police Department reports an increase in vandalism, theft, and attacks from both sides. Ruck Fider.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WFISD School Info". Wichita Falls Independent School District. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "WFISD School Info". Wichita Falls Independent School District. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "WFHS Accountability". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Cashion, Ty (1998). Pigskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas High School Football Coaches. Austin: Texas State Historical Association. pp. 164–165. ISBN 0-87611-168-1. 
  5. ^ "Men's Hall of Honor announces seven new inductees". TexasSports.com. September 16, 2004. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 33°53′39″N 98°31′00″W / 33.894214°N 98.516762°W / 33.894214; -98.516762