Allen High School (Texas)
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|Allen High School|
|300 Rivercrest Boulevard
Allen, Texas, Collin County 75002
|Type||Public, co-educational high school|
|School district||Allen Independent School District|
|Campus size||177 acres (720,000 m2)|
|Athletics conference||UIL Class 6A|
|Website||AHS Web Page|
Allen High School is a public, co-educational secondary school in Allen, Texas (USA). It is the only high school in the Allen Independent School District. Student enrollment for 2015 is 4,763, making Allen one of the largest high schools in the state of Texas.
Allen High School serves most of the city of Allen. Until fall 2006, when Lovejoy High School opened, Allen High School served high school students in the Lovejoy Independent School District, which includes the city of Lucas, most of Fairview, and a small portion of Allen.
The first school, built in 1910 at the corner of Belmont and Cedar, was a two story brick building housing six classrooms and an auditorium, and saw the first graduating class of eight students in 1914.
The second Allen High School was established in 1959 on land donated by Mr. Harris Brown on the corner of Jupiter and Main Streets.
August 1999 saw the opening of Allen High School “2000”, a new facility (at the corner of Greenville and Rivercrest) which opened to 2,200 students in grades 10 through 12. The former high school was converted into the Becky Lowery Freshman Center, named in honor of a former middle school teacher and school counselor. It serves all 9th grade students, with an enrollment of 1644 in 2015. The final expansion of the school was completed in 2011.[clarification needed] The expansion included a new 1,500 seat performing arts center, an expansion of band hall space and a Career and Technology Education center featuring a student-managed restaurant open to the public, a student-managed apparel store with student designed items, multiple new Mac labs, Mac-equipped rooms for the photojournalism, yearbook, commercial photography, audio visual, radio, and newspaper classes as well as learning-classrooms for the medical education programs.
- Main campus (10-12): 300 Rivercrest Blvd. Allen, TX 75002
- Freshman Center (9): 601 E. Main St. Allen, TX 75002
Allen High School offers the International Baccalaureate program to its students, with the class of 2002 being the first to graduate Full Diploma. AHS also provides Advanced Placement and elective courses.
Allen uses an 8:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. modified block schedule. The period schedule includes five standard periods per day, though students are required to be present for only four in 10th grade, and only three in 11th or 12th grade.
The Allen Eagle football program has become one of the top football programs in Texas over the past decade, with playoff berths in every season since 2001, and a district title every season since 2006  In 2014, Allen became the fourth high school in state history to win the state championship 3 years in a row while being the first to do so in the state's largest classification.
2003 was the first season for Allen to make it to the State semi-finals, losing to Southlake Carroll.
In 2006 the varsity football team finished its season as the District 9-5A Champions by beating Plano East in the last game of the regular season, 22–17. Its only loss was to Garland in the season opener. In the playoffs the Allen Eagles beat Rowlett, Mesquite, Round Rock, and Spring Westfield, and made it to the state semifinals where they lost to Southlake Carroll. The team's regular season record was 9–1 with an overall record of 13–2.
The Eagles had a perfect (10-0) regular season in 2007, followed by a first-round playoff loss to Rowlett to end the season.
After finishing the 2008 regular season with a record of 9–1, the Eagles beat South Grand Prairie, Coppell, Odessa Permian, Euless Trinity, Round Rock Stony Point, and Fort Bend Hightower in the state championship to earn their first ever state title, making them Texas' Class 5A Div I State Champions. Upon winning the championship, the Allen Eagles were ranked #2 in the nation by both ESPN Rise and Yahoo! Rivals High School rankings, and they were ranked #5 by MaxPreps poll.
In the 2011 season the Eagles went undefeated in the regular season with a perfect record (10-0), won the first-round playoff game against Keller Central but lost to Euless Trinity for the second year in a row.
The 2012 season marked the beginning of a record setting win streak for the Eagles. Allen went 15-1 on the season, only losing to Coppell early in the season.
Allen went 10-0 in the 2015 regular season but lost in the Division I State semi-final to Westlake High School (Texas), snapping a program best 57-Game Winning Streak, the 2nd longest ever in the state of Texas (the longest being 68 Games, set by Celina High School.)
Due to the program's popularity and student population, the school was authorized, via an approved April 2009 $60 million referendum, to build an 18,000 seat stadium (Allen Eagle Stadium) for the team. The stadium (which cost nearly $60M) opened for the 2012 football season. It is the fifth largest high school stadium in the state, but the largest designed for the use of only one team. The new facility houses a weight room, wrestling practice facility, and indoor golfing facility.
On February 27, 2014 the stadium was closed due to cracking in concrete making it unsafe to use. The 2014 varsity football season played every game on the road, and still managed to go undefeated and win their third consecutive title earning the nickname "Road Warriors" by the local media.
After about $10 million in structural and design repairs by Pogue Construction and PBK (neither the district nor the Allen citizens having to pay anything extra), Allen's stadium was officially reopened on June 5, 2015 for its Class of 2015 graduation. The 2015 varsity football team will have 8 home games.
Allen has been in the same district with all three Plano Independent School District Senior High Schools (Plano East, Plano Senior, and Plano West) for two decades. Geographical neighbors, the schools make up four of the top 5 largest schools in the state, with Allen being the largest, and Plano East the second largest. While the two districts have a long history with one another, Allen's recent success has diminished the old-time rivalry. Over the past ten seasons, Allen has a 28-2 combined record against the Plano schools, with the last loss coming in 2005 against Plano Senior. Allen has not lost to Plano East in over 15 seasons, despite being a smaller school for most of those years. This success has allowed Allen to capture the District Title eight consecutive seasons.
Outside of district, Allen has had a rivalry with other notable state powerhouse programs:
- Coppell High School and Allen have had several intense games, with Allen's last regular season loss dating back to 2012 when they fell to Coppell 27-24 in OT. Both teams are 6A powerhouses, with Coppell reaching the state quarterfinals in 2010 and continuing to qualify for the playoffs while Allen had a three-peat from 2012-14, with their lone less in 2012 being to Coppell. In 2016 Allen traveled back to Coppell for the first time since their loss in 2012 and defeated Coppell by a score of 42-20, pulling away in the fourth quarter after the score was 21-20 Allen in the third quarter.
- Southlake Carroll has become a rival program for the Allen Eagles. Carroll ended the Eagle's playoff run four straight seasons between 2003 and 2006, twice in the state semi-finals. Allen and Carroll didn't meet again until the 2010 playoffs in the second round. On the last play of regulation, Allen scored a game tying touchdown from 40 yards out to push the game into overtime. In the second over time, Allen decided to go for a 2-point conversion for the win, but was stopped yards short, giving Carroll the victory. This game is considered the greatest Texas high school game of the 2000s. Allen and Carroll didn't meet again until 2012, but for the first time in the regular season, as well as for the first game in their new stadium. Allen finally beat Southlake Carroll, with a score of 24-0, shutting out the Dragons. In 2013, the Eagles travelled to Dragon Stadium in Southlake, defeating Carroll once again.
- Euless Trinity has also become a rival of Allen over the past few seasons. Trinity and Allen first met in the 2008 regular season, when the Trinity Trojans were ranked the number one high school team in the nation. Allen lost at home (its first home loss in 4 seasons) to the Trojans 24-14. The two teams met again the same season, in the Area round of the 5A Division 1 state playoffs, neither having lost a game since their first matchup. This time, Allen emerged victorious, upsetting the top ranked Trojans 34-21. The two teams met again in the 2009 regular season at Trinity, where Allen beat Trinity 35-28. The two teams met again in the 2010 state playoffs, this time Trinity overpowering Allen 37-35. The two teams would once again meet up in the 2014 State playoffs where Allen would emerge victorious 30-27.
- DeSoto has become Allen's most recent rival. Allen has defeated DeSoto in the playoffs 4 consecutive seasons; 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Other athletic programs
The Allen High School girls' golf program achieved the first UIL state championship for the school by winning the state tournament in 2005. The team followed this with another state win in 2006 and also in 2012.
The Allen Eagles wrestling team won the THSCA dual state tournament in the 2008-2009 season, defeating the defending UIL state champions Randall High School. The Eagle wrestling team also won the THSCA dual state tournament and UIL state tournament in the 2009-2010 season, the 2010-2011 season, the 2011-2012 season, the 2012-2013 season, the 2013-2014 season, the 2014-2015 season, and the 2015-2016 season.
The Allen High School boys' bowling team won the 2001-2002 and 2007-2008 Texas High School Bowling Club Team Championships. The Allen girls' team was state champion in 2003-2004 and 2004–2005, becoming the first Texas boys' or girls' teams to repeat as state champions. The girls' bowling team won its third state championship against Plano East in the 2008-2009 school year.
The Allen High School varsity hockey team won the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 Texas State Championship, and the 2009 Rocky Mountain Regional Championship. The team placed second in the 2009-2010 State Championship, and was a quarter finalist at the National Championships.
The girls' soccer team advanced to the state tournament in 1989, the team's inaugural season, and again in 1990 and 1998. The boys' program made it to the 1993, 1996 and 1997 regional finals.
In the 2008-2009 school year, Allen High School was state champion in football, hockey, girls' bowling and wrestling.
In 2011, Allen High School won 1st place in Culinary at the Texas ProStart Competition in Austin, TX. They then advanced to and placed 17th at the National ProStart Competition.
In the 2013-2014 season Allen High School's basketball program went to the state championship for the first time in 50 years.
The Allen High School archery team has won the Texas Archery in the School state championship in 2014 and 2015.
The Allen High School shooting team won the overall SCTP national championship in 2015.
The Allen Escadrille claims to be the country's largest high school marching band, with a membership of over 700 students. They play for the 6A football team, participate in competitions and perform in parades and other venues. The Escadrille was invited to perform in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2009, and performed in the 2006 Rose Bowlas well as the 2016 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. It received the Sudler Shield Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2004. It was also a participant in the 1994 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, being the only high school band chosen to play at the Dublin Lord Mayors Ball; the 1995 and 1999 Texas Gubernatorial Parades; and the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Allen Eagle Escadrille won the 4A State Marching Band Competition in back-to-back years in 1987 and 1988. They performed at the 2016 Rose Parade, which included "Bandfest" at Pasadena City College.
Allen High School received the 2011 Grammy Signature School Gold Award, which recognizes U.S. public high schools making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.
The Allen Eagle Chorale Choir has been invited to go to TMEA this coming year, an event covering all of Texas and inviting only the top 5 schools to perform.
Allen High School also has a broadcast program, KGLE 3 Teen News. Between 1996 and 2006, the program had five first placesBest of Shows, two second places, one third place, one eighth place, and one not placed at the National Scholastic Press Association's biannual competition. it has also been a Pacemaker finalist five times. The KGLE broadcast program includes radio broadcast.
Allen High School's photography program won ATPI's Top Program contest in 2006.
The Allen Clinical Rotation Program received a new technology lab.
In the Spring of 2011, Allen High School's Rugby team was runner up in the Division 2 State Championship in Houston Texas.
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