Wichita Falls High School
|Wichita Falls High School|
|2149 Avenue H
Wichita Falls, Texas, Wichita, 76309
|School type||Public, Secondary|
|School district||Wichita Falls Independent School District|
|Asst. Principal||Dee Palmore|
|Assistant principals||Greg Darden, J'Bill Merrick|
|Grades||9th - 12th|
|Color(s)||Red & Black|
|Athletics||Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Baseball, Softball, and Golf|
|Rival||S. H. Rider High School|
|Newspaper||"The Coyote News"|
|Website||Wichita Falls High School|
Located at 2149 Avenue H and Coyote Blvd., the school serves students in grades nine through twelve.
The high school's mascot is the coyote.
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 1923 and is a state historic landmark.
Wichita Falls High School has participated in the rivalry against S.H. Rider High School since the building of the school 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.
As of the 2007-2008 school year, Wichita Falls High had a total of 1,477 students (47.41% White, 35.2% Hispanic, 15.6% African American, 1.8% Asian, and 0.3% Native American).
2006-07 Accountability rating
The WFISD also awarded Wichita Falls High School with an award for the district's highest GPA, every year from 1991-2002, when the award was discontinued.
Whether at home or away, during the glory years the Wichita Falls team was always a handful for its opponents.—Ty Cashion
Wichita Falls had one of the 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, while winning six times.
As of the 2007-08 football season, the WFHS Coyotes have 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 WFHS as the top high school football program in state history.
WFHS also holds the title of having the most appearances at playoffs, second only to Highland Park.
Wichita Falls High School's journalism program continues to publish the school's newspaper and yearbook. The Journalism Department has also published a history guide to the school which is available on their website. 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 also runs an online edition of the paper. The student-run WFHS Publishing is managed by Jason Byas, adviser, Arron Mercer, publisher, Joanna Rubio, yearbook editor, Ashley Freeman, and Sarah Ritchie, co-editors of the newspaper.
- Frank Kell Cahoon, Class of 1952, former member of the Texas House of Representatives from Midland
- Gabriel P. Disosway, United States Air Force four-star general
- Johnny Genung, Class of 1959, Texas Longhorns football player, inducted into Longhorn's Hall of Honor in 2004.
- David Farabee, Class of 1982, member of the Texas House from Wichita Falls since 1999
- Ray Farabee, Class of 1952, state senator from Wichita Falls and West Texas (1975-1988)
- 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.
- "Men's Hall of Honor announces seven new inductees". TexasSports.com. September 16, 2004. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
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