Stephen F. Austin High School (Austin, Texas)

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Stephen F. Austin High School
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Mens Agitat Molem
The Mind Moves the Masses / Mind Over Matter
Location
1715 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas
Information
Type Public
Established 1881
School district Austin Independent School District
Principal Ms. Amy Taylor
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Maroon and White
Athletics conference UIL 25-AAAAA
Mascot Mr. Maroo
Team name Maroons
Information 512-414-2505
Website
Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus, formerly Austin High School and John T. Allan Junior High School (est. 1916.)[1]

Stephen F. Austin High School, or more commonly known as Austin High, is a public high school in Austin, Texas, and part of the Austin Independent School District (AISD). Founded in 1881, it is one of the oldest public high schools west of the Mississippi River, and was the first public high school in the state of Texas.

The campus is located near Downtown Austin along the Colorado River (Lady Bird Lake). The school, originally known simply as Austin High School, was renamed in 1953 after Stephen F. Austin, locally revered as the "Father of Texas".[2] Austin High School is one of eleven high schools in the Austin Independent School District.

Roughly 2,500 students attend the school in grades nine through twelve. The school's current building is the third built to house the school, following four 19th century locations in other buildings.[1] Austin High's official motto is Mens Agitat Molem (Latin: The Mind Moves the Masses) or, "Mind Over Matter". The official mascot is Mr. Maroo.

History[edit]

Austin High School opened in September 1881, with classes held on the third floor of the West Austin School building at 11th Street and Rio Grande Street. Due to population growth, instruction was held at the First Baptist Church, the temporary State Capitol, and the Smith Opera House.[1] The first Austin High School campus, located at 9th Street and Trinity Street, opened in 1900. In 1925, Austin High School moved to 1212 Rio Grande Street, the former building of John T. Allan Junior High School (est. 1916) which had relocated to 9th at Trinity.[3]

In 1956, the first seven African-American students began attending Austin High School as part of desegregation; a total of 13 black students attended white high schools in AISD at that time.[4]

In 1975, Austin High School moved to its current building, designed by Jay W. Barnes II. The first classes at the Cesar Chavez campus commenced on August 25, 1975.[3]

The Mr. Maroo Mascot was officially adopted by the student council in the 1965–66 school year.

Academics[edit]

As of the late 1970s the school was considered to be the best in its area, according to Wells. The school was known for having a university preparatory curriculum.[5]

Austin High was called a National Blue Ribbon School in 1982–83.[6]

Campus[edit]

The current campus is bounded by Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) on one side and a freeway on the other. Because of the school's relative isolation and the campus's relative newness, Amy Wells, author of Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates, wrote that the school "has a somewhat suburban feel".[5]

Neighborhoods served[edit]

Downtown Austin, the Westcreek Neighborhood and the family apartment complexes of the University of Texas at Austin are zoned to Austin High School.[7]

Austin High School historically had a reputation as an elite school as it was associated with wealthy westside Austin neighborhoods.[8]

Student body[edit]

As of 2000 the school was 54% non-Hispanic White, 37% Hispanic and Latino, 8% black, and 2% Asian, reflecting the overall demographics of Austin. Austin High is the flagship high school of AISD, so the district gerrymandered its attendance zone to keep the school majority white while also maintaining racial and ethnic diversity.[9][needs update]

As of 1980 most of the White students originated from west Austin, including Tarrytown. There were also middle class and poor students. Some black students originated from Clarksville, an area housing servants' quarters that, until school desegregation, was served by segregated black schools.[8] By 1980, the school also accepted low and middle class white students from south of Lady Bird Lake, known as "river rats",[by whom?] as well as transfer students from East Austin, a heavily Hispanic and Latino section of South Austin, and a black section of northeast Austin.[10][needs update]

As of the late 1970s the school was 66% White, 19% Hispanic, and 15% African-American, making it one of the more racially balanced AISD schools; at the time there was less Hispanic representation and more White representation than the district average. In 1980 the federal court system forced AISD to begin desegregation busing.[11]

Athletics[edit]

Austin High School offers many different athletic programs for students: football, basketball, tennis, golf, mountain biking, swimming, baseball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, cross country, and lacrosse. The Austin High football team won the 1942 state championship.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Austin High School Historical Marker Text". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  2. ^ Gregg Cantrell (1 August 2001). Stephen F. Austin: Empresario of Texas. Yale University Press. p. 2. ISBN 0-300-09093-5. ...generations of Texans have come to revere Austin as the Father of Texas... 
  3. ^ a b "History". Austin High School. Archived from the original on August 14, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Five Decades of Social Change: A Timeline." Austin Public Library. Retrieved on June 6, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Wells, Amy. Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates. University of California Press, January 20, 2009. ISBN 0520942485, 9780520942486. p. 48.
  6. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "School Assignment by Residential Address." Austin Independent School District. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Wells, Amy. Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates. University of California Press, January 20, 2009. ISBN 0520942485, 9780520942486. p. 49.
  9. ^ Wells, Amy. Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates. University of California Press, January 20, 2009. ISBN 0520942485, 9780520942486. p. 10.
  10. ^ Wells, Amy. Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates. University of California Press, January 20, 2009. ISBN 0520942485, 9780520942486. p. 50.
  11. ^ Wells, Amy. Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates. University of California Press, January 20, 2009. ISBN 0520942485, 9780520942486. p. 47-48.
  12. ^ "Bush used private school option". Associated Press. April 4, 2000. Archived from the original on May 23, 2007. Retrieved August 22, 2006. 
  13. ^ "The Life and Legacy of Liz Carpenter". lbjlibrary.org. Archived from the original on March 28, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ Gary Ott (May 28, 2005). "Pat Baskin, longtime Midland leader, dies". Midland Reporter-Telegram. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Meet the 112th". 111th.illumen.org. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c http://ladymaroons.com/wherearetheynow.htm
  17. ^ Kreytak, Steven and Tony Plohteski. "Emotions raw after plea in West Campus murder case Archived 2016-02-13 at WebCite." Austin American-Statesman. Tuesday August 24, 2010. Retrieved on February 17, 2013.
  18. ^ http://www.statesman.com/news/sports/golf/austins-lundquist-to-call-his-26th-masters-for-c-1/nRrss/
  19. ^ Messer, Kate X (November 4, 2005). "Ben McKenzie on Uncle Robert". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved October 22, 2008. 
  20. ^ http://kxan.com/2014/06/27/nba-father-son-pair-host-youth-basketball-camp/
  21. ^ Michael Hoinski (July 10, 2014). "GTT". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  22. ^ Michael Hoinski (July 10, 2014). "GTT". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  23. ^ http://www.homesicktexan.com/2006/11/homesick-texan-qa-julie-powell.html

External links[edit]

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