Byron Nelson High School

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Coordinates: 33°01′09″N 97°12′12″W / 33.0191°N 97.2033°W / 33.0191; -97.2033

Byron Nelson High School
2775 Bobcat Blvd.
Trophy Club TX 76262

United States
TypePublic High School
MottoLearn, Serve, and Lead
School districtNorthwest Independent School District
PrincipalDr. Ron Myers
Enrollment2,557 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)Blue and Black
Athletics conferenceUIL Class 6A
NewspaperThe Paw Print
YearbookThe Territory
AffiliationAfilliated with Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Byron Nelson High School is a public high school located in Trophy Club, Texas about 20 miles (32 km) north of Fort Worth, Texas, in Denton County and opened in August 2009 for the 09-10 school year. It is the second high school in the Northwest Independent School District.[2] It cost around $96 million, making it the 3rd most expensive and state of the art high schools in the state. It is approximately 504,000 square feet (46,800 m2), with a 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) courtyard in the middle. It is built along the property of the Army Corps of Engineers, along the edge of where Denton Creek flows into Lake Grapevine at the lake's southwestern corner. In 2013, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]

It currently has about 3000 students (making it a UIL Class 6A school). The 2011-2012 school year was the first year the school had all 4 grade levels in attendance. The school features "green" amenities such as energy-friendly light fixtures, water conserving landscaping, and local and recycled building materials. Students have access to indoor restaurants, including Pizza Hut, Subway, Grille Works, Asian/Italian Restaurant, Mexican Restaurant and a coffee shop similar to Starbucks like those of other district high school Northwest High School.

All of the students at the school received Dell Latitude 2100 netbooks for use at school, which have now been replaced with Chromebooks.

Feeder schools[edit]

The middle schools that feed into Byron Nelson are:

  • Medlin Middle School
  • John Tidwell Middle School
  • Gene Pike Middle School


The school is named after the professional golfer, Byron Nelson, who lived about 5 minutes away from the school in Roanoke, Texas.


The Byron Nelson Bobcats compete in the following sports [4]

Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Powerlifting, Wrestling, Soccer, Swimming, Water Polo, Tennis, Golf, Track, Baseball & Softball.

State Titles[edit]

  • Girls Golf [5]
    • 2013(4A),

Men's Soccer

  • 2014(4A)


The Byron Nelson basketball team made the play-offs in their first varsity season. ('10-'11)

Ladies Soccer[edit]

In the 2011-2012 school year the Byron Nelson soccer teams were rewarded for a quality season with a playoff run. The girls in their second year of having a varsity team, placed second in the state of Texas. In the 2013-2014 school year, the Lady Bobcats returned to the final four UIL Tournament but lost in a heart-breaking shootout in overtime.

Men's Soccer[edit]

The Byron Nelson Men's Soccer program started in 2011, placing second in district and making the playoffs in their second season. In 2013, the team won their first district championship. In 2014, the Byron Nelson Men's Soccer team won the first boys state championship in school district history.


Not surprisingly, given the school's namesake, the Bobcats boys' and girls' golf teams have quickly become state powers.

The girls team won the 4A state title in 2012-2013 [6] and both teams have made numerous trips to the state finals.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Byron Nelson is home to many different clubs and organizations. The school participates in band, choir, orchestra, speech and debate, National Honor Society, Student Council, yearbook, Link Leaders, and many more extracurriculars.

The Speech and Debate team sent 5 students to the national finals in June 2011. They also had 10 Regional Qualifiers and 14 State Qualifiers. The school had students place 2nd and 4th in events at UIL 4A State. For the 2011-2012 school year, the team had 24 state bids, 2 UIL State Champions, 1 UIL 2nd Place finisher, and 1 UIL 5th-place finisher, making the speech and debate team the 4A UILState Champions overall. They also had 2 students attend the 2012 National Forensic League National Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana, placing 6th in the nation in Public Forum Debate. In 2014, the team had one student win the state title in two events, a 3rd-place finisher, and two other finalists in the state competition, making the team again the overall 4A UIL State Champion squad.[7][8][9][10]

Notable events[edit]

Allegedly improper suspension[edit]

Byron Nelson has made national news when school administrators decided to suspend a 16-year-old student. The student exhibited red and watery eyes, a sign, according to school policy that a student has been smoking cannabis However, the young man was grieving over the murder of his father two days prior. Teachers had been notified of the death. Despite this, the school informed the student's mother that he would need to take a drug test in order to come back to school. She also would need to file a complaint to have the suspension removed from his record.[11][12][13]

Bomb threat[edit]

On the afternoon of January 30, 2017 a female student called in a bomb threat stating that she had a bomb was strapped to her, was armed with a gun, and had planted a bomb in one of the athletic locker rooms. The school was placed in immediate lockdown, and, as a precaution, Medlin Middle School, Beck Elementary School, and Lakeview Elementary School were also put on lockdown but only for a short time. BNHS was on lockdown until 6:30 p.m., at which time police determined it was safe to lift the lockdown. Police requested that students leave their backpacks in the building and cars in the parking lot to be searched. Students were only allowed to bring their phone, wallet, and any keys they had. Students were escorted to Medlin Middle School by walking across the practice fields in straight uniform lines and got on a bus or picked up by parents at the school. Police searched until midnight for any bombs but found none. On January 31, 2017 the attendance percentage was 67%, down from an average of 94%. The female student who called in the bomb threat was arrested and charged with a felony. Another male student was also arrested.[14]


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  2. ^ "Byron Nelson High School". Archived from the original on 2016-07-20.
  3. ^ "2013 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15.
  4. ^ "Schools - The Athletics Department .com". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  5. ^ "UIL Girls Track & Field State Champions". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  6. ^ "2012-2013 State Champions — Archives — University Interscholastic League (UIL)". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  7. ^ "2012 High School Nationals Results Packet". Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  8. ^ "UIL Spring Meet - Results". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  9. ^ "UIL Spring Meet - Results". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  10. ^ "UIL Spring Meet - Results". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  11. ^ "School suspends boy for bloodshot eyes". FOX 4 News. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  12. ^ "School suspends boy for bloodshot eyes". Times-Register/Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  13. ^ "MSNBC - Countdown". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  14. ^ "Lockdown at Byron Nelson High is lifted". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2017-03-09.

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