Wichita Falls Independent School District

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Wichita Falls Independent School District (WFISD) is a public school district based in Wichita Falls, Texas, United States and is accredited by the Texas Education Agency.

Wichita Falls ISD serves most of Wichita Falls (including portions of Sheppard Air Force Base). Varying parts of north Wichita Falls are included in the City View Independent School District and the Burkburnett Independent School District.

The Wichita Falls ISD is one of the few Texas school districts to offer a choice program that gives parents the choice of what secondary school they would like their child to attend. While elementary school attendance zones exist, parents can opt out of these and send their children to one of the eight magnet schools in the district.

Secondary schools in the WFISD offer Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses to students wishing to pursue a more challenging academic curriculum. The WFISD currently operates two schools with the International Baccalaureate program, covering two segments of the program:

The school district has continuously been recognized for its overall academic success from the Texas Education Agency and the Magnet Schools of America Association. In 1999 and 2001 respectively, Washington/ Jackson Math/Science Center and G.H. Kirby Junior High were awarded the Ronald P. Simpson award, giving them the title of "Best Magnet School in America" for a year. The district also boasts that many of its schools have received the Texas Blue Ribbon award or have attained "Exemplary" status from the TEA.

In 2005, Hirschi High School IB World Topics teacher Sherry Lindemann was named Texas Teacher of the Year where she represented the WFISD and thousands of Texas teachers at a formal ceremony held by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in the White House Rose Garden.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[1]

General information[edit]

School Board[edit]

The Wichita Falls ISD is overseen by a Superintendent (Dr. John Frossard), an Assistant Superintendent (Dr. Timothy Powers), and a seven-member Board of Trustees who are elected either as at-large or district members. President of the Board of Trustees is currently Kevin Goldstein.


There are approximately 14,759 students in grades K-12

WFISD Staff[edit]

1,357 professional staff members
667 auxiliary/paraprofessional staff members.
(Wichita Falls ISD is the second largest industry in Wichita Falls behind Sheppard Air Force Base)

Teacher Experience[edit]

Average Years Experience - 12.8 years
Average Years Experience with WFISD - 10 years
31.9% of WFISD Teachers Have 11-20 Years Experience


2005-2006 $88,026,794 (includes debt service, maintenance & operations, campus activity funds, special revenue funds)
Tax rate per $100 valuation: $1.56


20 Elementary Schools
1 Early Childhood Center
4 Junior High Schools grades 7-8
3 High Schools grades 9-12
1 Career & Applied Technology Center
1 Accelerated Learning Center
1 Student Adjustment Center
1 Sports Complex - Memorial Stadium (Wichita Falls)
1 Administration Center
1 Support Center


High schools[edit]

John Hirschi Math/Science IB Magnet High School - Principal Christy Nash
S. H. Rider High School - Principal Dee Palmore
Wichita Falls High School - Principal Debbie Dipprey

Alternative Schools[edit]

Carrigan Vocational Center - Principal Synthia Kirby
Denver Alternative Center - Principal David Anderson
Harrell Accelerated Learning Center - Principal Gena Woodard

Junior High Schools[edit]

Joseph Barwise Junior High - Interim Principal Troy Ferris
G.H. Kirby Math/Science Junior High - Principal Larry Menefee
2001-02 National Blue Ribbon School [2]

Joe B. McNiel Junior High - Principal Carol English

Zundelowitz Junior High - Principal Omar Montemayor

Elementary schools[edit]

Alamo Elementary - Principal Laura Scott
Ben Franklin Elementary - Principal Kim Bell
Ben Milam Elementary - Principal Jesse Thomas[3]
Bonham Elementary - Principal Joyce Shepard
Brook Village Early Childhood - Principal Rose Partridge
Crockett Elementary - Principal Cathy Rule
Cunningham Elementary - Principal Christina Henry
2000-01 National Blue Ribbon School [2]

Fain Elementary - Principal Clarisa Richie

Fannin Elementary - Principal Dotsie Mergerson
Fowler Elementary - Principal Tania Rushing
Jefferson Elementary - Principal Pat Page
Kate Burgess Elementary - Principal Jackie Jacobs
Kate Haynes Elementary - Principal Mickey Galyean
Lamar Elementary - Principal Gail Anderson
Scotland Park Elementary
Sheppard Elementary - Principal Kim Meyer
Southern Hills - Principal Joyce Shepard
Washington/Jackson elementary - Principal Sandy Camp
West Foundation Elementary - Principal Kim Smith

Support Staff[edit]

Carrigan Technology Support - CIO Shad McGaha

Defunct Schools[edit]

Booker T. Washington High School (closed 1969, currently Washington/Jackson Math/Science Center)
Reagan Junior High School (currently Wichita Falls ISD Administration Building)
Booker T. Washington Middle School (closed 1970)
Travis Elementary School
Holland Alternative School
Austin Elementary (closed 2008)
Bonham Elementary (closed 2008)
Fannin Elementary (closed 2008)
McGaha Elementary (closed 2008)
Sam Houston
Alamo Elementary
Houston and Alamo schools were combined in 2014 and will reopen in August 2014 as Zundelowitz Elementary
Barwise Junior High
Zundelowitz Junior High
Barwise and Zundy schools were combined in 2014 and will reopen in August 2014 as Barwise Leadership Academy


  1. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  2. ^ a b Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  3. ^ "Campus information / Milam Elementary 2". wfisd.net. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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