Burleson High School
|Burleson High School|
|Burleson, Texas, United States|
|School district||Burleson Independent School District|
|Grades||9th through 12th|
|Color(s)||Red, Black and White|
|Athletics||Over 20 sports|
In 1901, Burleson's first school, the Red Oak Academy, was constructed. It was destroyed by fire in 1909. The State of Texas granted a charter for an independent school district, and the citizens of Burleson voted to construct a new school. By 1910 the new school was opened, on what is now the old Nola Dunn Campus. The school was later torn down and a new high school was constructed in the 1960s. In 1997, a new, larger campus was built for the high school. It was built at 100 John Jones Road, but the street name later changed to Elk Drive.
Burleson High School offers the following Advanced Placement Courses:
- AP English Language
- AP English Literature
- AP Statistics
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Chemistry
- AP Physics (A)
- AP Biology
- AP Environmental Science
- AP US History
- AP European History
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Human Geography
- AP World History
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish Language
- AP German Language
- AP Music Theory
- AP Studio Art 2D
- AP Studio Art 3D
- AP Studio Art Drawing
A number of dual enrollment courses are taught as well. These include Pre AP Pre-Calculus, AP Economics, Health Science Tech 3, Pre-AP Algebra 2 (2nd Semester), AP English Literature, Pre-AP Spanish III, Adv. Anatomy/Physiology, AP Spanish IV (Language), Bus. Computer Info Sys I – II, AP Government, Theatre Arts III, AP Calculus AB, and Theatre Arts IV.
Burleson was a state semifinalist in the 4A state title in football in 2001. In 2006, Burleson won the 5-A District Championship in football over Mansfield Summit High School. In 2008, Burleson won their first ever 5A playoff game against Arlington Martin High School, beating the Warriors 26-21, which moved them on to face Odessa Permian High School in the area round, who they eventually lost to in Abilene's Shotwell Stadium. In 2009 the Elks played a playoff game in the new Cowboys Stadium after a win against the Weatherford Kangaroos.
The school has over 30 organizations, which include community service, foreign language, sports, Air Force JROTC, FFA, and UIL organizations.
Elk TV first aired in the 2005–2006 school year, with its original title being Friday Morning Live or FML. It is the school's weekly news program, written, directed and edited by the students in the broadcast journalism Elk TV Staff Class, but was originally a combined effort of the Media Technology class and Broadcast Journalism team. During the 2013-2014 school year, the program began to drift away from the news show format. It developed into a sketch based, comedy program, while still retaining the four core segments(News, Sports, Current Events, and Weather). Halfway through the year, Current Events was cancelled and substituted. By the year's end, Weather was also discontinued. The following year saw the show's second title change. Elk TV became the official class program's title, while the produced show's name became inVision. With this year, the sketch comedy format was fully embraced and new recurring segments were made, having News and Sports being the only segments carried over through the change in direction. The program is foreseen to continue under this format.
- Kyle Burns – drummer, Forever the Sickest Kids
- Kelly Clarkson - Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and American Idol season 1 winner
- Jonathan Cook – singer, Forever the Sickest Kids
- Liz Lee - protagonist of the quasi-reality MTV show My Life as Liz
- Stacy Sykora - three-time Olympian volleyball player (2000, 2004, 2008)
Kody Russey - football player, center, at Louisiana Tech University