Willowridge High School (Houston)

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Willowridge High School
Address
16301 Chimney Rock
Houston, Texas, USA
Information
Type Public High School
School district Fort Bend Independent School District
Principal Joseph Chandler
Faculty 90+
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,338 (Spring 2012)
Mascot Eagle
2011 TEA Rating Academically Acceptable
Website

Willowridge High School is a secondary school in Houston, Texas, United States and part of the Fort Bend Independent School District. Willowridge serves grades 9 through 12.

The school, located in the Blue Ridge area, has a predominately African-American student population.[citation needed]

The school serves many areas of northeast Fort Bend County east and north of FM 2234, and a section of Houston inside Fort Bend County, including the neighborhoods of Briargate, Chasewood, Willow Park II, Mayfair Park, Ridgemont, Ridgegate, and Briar Villa. The school also serves the Fort Bend County portion of Shadow Creek Ranch, a community within the city of Pearland [2].

This school is well known for its marching band, known as the "Mighty Eagle Marching Band." Under band directors Mr. Ronald Thornton (head), Delcenia Hill, and Robert Jackson, the band performed at the Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl back in the 1990s. In 2001, the band participated in the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". In the summer of 2005, the Willowridge Band vacationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, a rarity for high school bands. The band also hosted the Bands of America contest at Rice Stadium on October 1, 2005. They have consecutively won 1st place at the MLK Battle Of The Bands and All-American Battle Of The Bands.

The school is also renowned for its basketball program. In 2001, the men's team accomplished the rare feat of having two McDonald's All-Americans in Daniel Ewing and T. J. Ford, who went on to play for Duke University and Texas, respectively.

History[edit]

The first phase of Willowridge started in February 1978 and was occupied in September 1979.[1]

Willowridge was the second high school opened in the FBISD.

In the 1980s, the school was known for its successful football program. During the 82-83 season, NFL Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas led the football team to the Texas Class 4A state Championship. This era also produced other NFL players such as O. J. Brigance, Charles Arbuckle, Allen Aldridge, and Selwyn Jones.

From 1999 to 2001, the men's basketball team compiled a 75–1 win-loss record (including a 62-game winning streak) earning a pair of Texas Class 5A state titles.

One of the streets on the WHS campus was named in memory of former principal Edgar Glover, Jr. Glover, who served as principal between November 1982 until his death in April 1993. Coincidentally, an elementary school named in Edgar Glover, Jr's honor opened on August 17, 1994 [(Opened fall 1992 [3])].

The second phase of Willowridge High School was completed in summer 1992 and dedicated on September 23, 1992 [(Opened fall 1992 [4])]. During the expansion, the Ronald McNair Auditorium was dedicated in memoriam (the middle school next to Willowridge was named after Christa McAuliffe).

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools [5] feed into Willowridge [6]:

  • Briargate
  • Ridgegate
  • Ridgemont
  • Blue Ridge
  • Hunters Glen (partial)
  • Jones (partial)

The following middle schools [7] feed into Willowridge:

  • Lake Olympia (partial)
  • McAuliffe
  • Missouri City (partial)

Notable alumni[edit]

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