Akins High School

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W. Charles Akins High School
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10701 S. First Street

School typeHigh School
MottoConnecting Today's Challenges to Tomorrow's Successes
Founded2000 [1]
PrincipalTina Salazar[2]
Grades9-12th [1]
Enrollment2,763 [3] (2017-18)
AreaSoutheast Austin, Texas
Color(s)Navy Blue and Old Gold [1]
MascotEagle [1]

Akins High School is located in South Austin, Texas, United States. It was named after Dr. William Charles Akins, an Austin resident and founded in 2000. It is one of the newest high schools in the Austin Independent School District. Its current attendance exceeds 2,500 students. Akins High School competes on the 6A circuit in all of its UIL competitions[further explanation needed].

Curriculum redesign[edit]

Beginning in late August 2006, the school opted for students to continue their education following courses modeled through 'Academies'. Under the plan, students choose a path from 5 academies, each modeled after varying areas of academics, with the exception of its NTHS program which focuses on project-based learning. In addition to taking the basic required courses for graduation, students choose from electoral and advanced courses within their selected academy. The academies are:

  • ABLLE (Academy of Business, Leadership and Legal Enterprises)
  • AHA (Arts and Humanities Academy)
  • SS (Social Services)
  • Green Tech (Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and Park Ranger Studies)
  • NTHS (New Tech High School)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Akins High School Marching Band[edit]

The Akins High School Marching Band has made multiple trips to the 5A UIL State Marching Competition. In 2006, while being lead by band director Gary Faust,[4] the marching band performed their show titled, "The Pines of Rome." This eventually lead the marching band to the finals of the 5A UIL State Marching Contest, an achievement earned only by the 10 best 5A high school marching bands in the state of Texas.[5] As of 2012, Akins High School, Bowie High School, Westlake High School, Cedar Park High School, and Round Rock High School are the only high schools in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos Metropolitan Area to have ever had their marching band advance to state finals competition in the 5A category.[6] Akins also advanced to the state level competition in 2008.[7] In 2013, the marching band was featured in a PBS documentary called "Marching To Nowhere."[4][8]


Print Journalism is one of the largest majors in the Arts and Humanities Academy of Akins with over 200 students enrolled in the intro classes of Journalism 1 and Photojournalism (now known as Graphic Design and Illustration and Advance Graphic Design and Illustration), as well as the publications classes that produce the student newspaper and the yearbook. The newspaper, The Eagle's Eye, has been recognized in 2006, 2007 and 2010 as one of the best newspapers in the state by the UIL Interscholastic League press conference with the award of the bronze star. In 2010-2011 the Eagle's Eye staff brought home six national awards from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Publications students have also received awards from state and national organizations for their 2007 literature magazine, WORD, featuring stories, poems, as well as photography prints and artwork of all mediums.[9] The school yearbook, The Aerie, has also won a few state awards.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "General Information About Akins High School". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ "Administration – About Us – Akins High School". www.akinseagles.org.
  3. ^ "Akins High School".
  4. ^ a b Staff, News. "Obituary: Former band director Gary Faust led Akins to state finals". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  5. ^ "UIL: Music - State Marching Band Results". www2.uiltexas.org.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-10-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Texas State Marching Band Contest". utdirect.utexas.edu.
  8. ^ Marching To Nowhere | Season 3 Episode 11 | Arts in Context, retrieved 2019-08-02
  9. ^ a b Student journalism awards Archived October 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 30°08′57″N 97°48′03″W / 30.1492°N 97.8008°W / 30.1492; -97.8008