Bay City High School

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Coordinates: 28°58′49″N 95°59′08″W / 28.9803°N 95.9855°W / 28.9803; -95.9855

Bay City High School
Bay City High School.gif
400 7th Street
Bay City, Texas 77414
United States
School type Public high school
Motto Home of the Blackcats
School district Bay City Independent School District
Superintendent Marshall Scott III
CEEB code 440475
Principal Estela Reyes
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,002 (2015–16)
Color(s)          Royal Blue, Gold
Mascot Blackcat

Bay City High School is a public high school located on Texas Highway 35 on the western edge of Bay City, Texas, United States.


The school opened a new campus in 2002.[1]

During the 2015–16 school year, there were 1,002 students enrolled in BCHS. Demographics at the school were as follows: White 24.0%, African American 15.3%, Hispanic 58.0%, Asian/Pacific Islander 1.3%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%, two or more races 1.3%. 58.9% were classified as economically disadvantaged.[2]


For the 2015–16 school year, Bay City High School was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

The school offers a curriculum in line with Texas state standards. Additional college prep programs include Advanced Placement or dual-credit courses, which are taken via Wharton County Junior College[3] and AVID. A number of career and technical programs are available to Bay City students, including articulated courses with Wharton County Junior College and certifications in Cosmetology–Human Services, OSHA and Career Safe–Construction/Career Prep, CPR, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Nurse Aide–Health Science, Welding-Manufacturing, Microsoft Office Work–Business Management, and Manage First; ServSafe–Hospitality.[4]

College entrance[edit]

Many BCHS students are offered scholarships by Wharton County Junior College. Texas offers automatic college admissions to high school seniors who are in the top ten percent of their graduating class, determined by grade point average.[5] The Bay City High School class of 2009 was awarded over one million dollars in scholarships.[6]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student groups and activities at Bay City may include but are not limited to:

Past state championship titles include:

  • One-Act Play: 1999 (4A), 2003 (4A)[7]
  • Team Debate: 2006 (4A), 2008 (4A)[8]


BCHS is classified as a division 4A high school by the University Interscholastic League. The athletic director is Patrick Matthews.[9]

The schools athletic teams, known as the Blackcats (bearing the power-cat logo), compete in:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Powerlifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swim
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Past state championship titles include:

  • Boys' basketball: 1985 (4A)[10]
  • Football: 1983 (4A), 2000 (4A Division I)[11]
  • Boys Track & Field: 1979 (3A), 1984 (4A), 1990 (4A)[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Mygrants, Joy (2002-08-22). "Grand Opening: Bay City High School starts anew". Matagorda County Advocate. pp. 1A, 3A.
  2. ^ a b "2015–16 School Report Card: Bay City High School". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  3. ^ Sliva, Allison (2009-03-30). "AP, dual credit classes help cut college cost". Bay City Tribune.
  4. ^ "Bay City High School Career & Technical Education" (PDF). Bay City Independent School District. February 2015. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  5. ^ "Texas Maintains "Top 10%" Automatic Admissions | FairTest". Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "UIL One-Act Play Past Results". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  8. ^ "UIL Team Debate Past Results". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28.
  9. ^ "BCISD Athletics". Bay City Independent School District. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  10. ^ "UIL State Boys Basketball Champions".
  11. ^ "UIL State Football Champions". Archived from the original on 2008-02-12.
  12. ^ "UIL State Champions". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03.
  13. ^ Ennis, Michael (June 1982). "His name was Forrest Bess". Texas Monthly. p. 143.
  14. ^ Forman, Mike (2015-06-23). "Legends of a lifetime". Victoria Advocate.
  15. ^ a b Forman, Mike (2016-08-16). "Bay City coach leaves legacy of success beyond athletics". Victoria Advocate.
  16. ^ Wolff, Alexander (1984-11-12). "Hart Lee anything he can't do". Sports Illustrated.
  17. ^ Cunningham, Ross (2006-12-23). "Bishop of New Mexico diocese celebrates jubilee in Bay City". Victoria Advocate.

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