Caprock High School

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Coordinates: 35°10′47″N 101°48′09″W / 35.1796°N 101.8025°W / 35.1796; -101.8025

Caprock High School
3001 SE 34th Street
Amarillo, Texas 79103-5599
United States
School type Public high school
Established 1963
School district Amarillo Independent School District
Principal Chad Huseman
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1902[1] (2016)
Color(s)           Orange & White
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAAA
Mascot Longhorns
Yearbook La Saga

Caprock High School is located in Amarillo, Texas in Potter, County which is part of the Texas Panhandle. Caprock is one of four high schools in the Amarillo Independent School District and classified as a 5A school by the UIL. Caprock was built in 1963 and celebrated its 50th graduating class in 2013. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]


The Caprock Longhorns compete in cross country, volleyball, football, wrestling, basketball, swimming, soccer, golf, tennis, track, softball, baseball, choir, and band.[3]


Caprock ended a 35-year playoff drought, dating back to 1975, in 2010 with an 8-2 overall record, going 5–2 in district. Caprock had a 29-game losing streak spanning nearly three entire seasons earlier in the decade. The Longhorns implemented a spread attack with coach Seth Parr, son of rival Palo Duro's coach Steve Parr, similar to the Air Raid style offense of former Tech coach, Mike Leach. This helped markedly improve the offensive production of the Longhorns' offense over that time period.

Caprock defeated their rival, Palo Duro, 34–0 for their first shutout in over a decade in the regular season finale of 2010. This clinched Caprock their first district title since the 1970s. It included blowout wins over Levelland, Borger, SA Lakeview in non-conference, and their first win ever over Hereford in OT. They ended in a 3 way tie for first with Randall and Hereford, but defeated both teams, which gives them the outright title. Unfortunately, AISD tie-breaker rules dictated a 3rd-place finish for playoff match-ups. Caprock faced a Wichita Falls Rider team with All-District RB Royster in Wichita Falls. With senior OL Benavidez out, an effort from the Longhorns, including 100 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving from Soph RB Addison Bustos, fell short in a 14–35 loss in the bi-district round of the 4A region 1 playoffs. Other standouts included OL Jessie Bustos-Lopez and QB Gerrardo Ruiz.

Girls' wrestling[edit]

Caprock girls' wrestling team has won nine consecutive UIL state championships. They have also won a national championship two years in a row. Lisa Martinez, a 2008 Caprock senior, went to an international competition in Australia in the summer of 2007 and received first place.

State titles[edit]

2000 (All), 2004 (All), 2005 (All), 2006 (All), 2007 (All), 2008 (All), 2009 (All), 2010 (All), 2011(All), 2012(All)[4]

Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)[edit]

Read full article Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

Caprock has a greatly improved TAKS record. It has a met the required passing rate. The best portion of the TAKS test that Caprock does well on is the English-Language Arts (ELA). Out of the four Amarillo high schools, Caprock scores the lowest, causing the state of Texas to intervene. Now for a week in January, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders as well as 12th graders who didn't pass the exit out exam in the 11th grade have to take a diagostic TAKS and act like it is the real test in order to be prepared for the tests in February or March for the ELA portion and April or May for the Math, Social Studies, and Science portions. Caprock has also inserted an additional class period during the day called IMPACT. IMPACT is directed at improving TAKS scores for all who are involved in upcoming testing. Those student who are preparing for graduation and college use the time for ST/ACT preparation, scholarship applications, enrollment applications, and other future-planning activities.

Caprock High School Cluster[edit]

In the Amarillo Independent School District, the elementary and middle schools are divided into four clusters. The clusters are named after the four high schools in AISD, Amarillo High School, Caprock High School, Palo Duro High School, and Tascosa High School. The Caprock cluster has two middle schools and ten elementary schools that promote up to Caprock High.

High Schools[edit]

  • Caprock High School
  • Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL)a
  • Northern Heights Alternativea

Feeder Schools[edit]

Middle Schools[edit]

  • Bowie Middle School
  • Bowie 6th Grade Campus
  • James W Fannin

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Humphrey's Highland Elementary
  • Lamar Elementary
  • Landergin Elementary
  • Lawndale Elementary
  • Oak Dale Elementary
  • Sanborn Elementary
  • Southlawn Elementary (*)
  • Sunrise Elementary
  • Tradewind Elementary

a=The Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL) and Northern Heights Alternative both serve the entire AISD system, not just one cluster.


Caprock is divided up into four "houses". The houses are for the four grade levels at the high school causing the core classes of each grade to be separated from another grade level. The 2008-2009 school year is the first year the house idea was implemented.

Senior House[edit]

The senior house is the 200 building and one of the two buildings at the front of the school. The 200 building also contains the cafeteria, commons, main office, library and the ACE Scholarship Office. The senior principal is Mr. Scott Saker and the senior counselor is Cassie Davenport.

Junior House[edit]

The junior house is the 1400 building which is the newest building on the campus. Some seniors argued that the senior house should have been the 1400 hall because it was the nicest on campus, but other seniors said that the 200 building that they are in now is the heart of the school and the senior class should be next to the heart of the school. The junior principal is Mr. Johnathan Lyold and the junior counselor is Mary Larken.

Sophomore House[edit]

The sophomore house is the 300 building. The sophomore principal is Mr. Ryan Cabe and the Sophomore counselor is Mandy Abernethy.

Freshman House[edit]

The freshman house is the 400 building. The freshman principal is Cheri Hess and the freshman counselor is Brandi Fennell.

Notable alumni[edit]

DJ 50 Bustos. Songwriter, music production specialist and Macroni picture designer.


  1. ^ Texas Tribune
  2. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-10. 
  3. ^ The Athletics Department Archived May 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ UIL Girls Wrestling Archives Archived October 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  6. ^ Greg Oliver; Steven Johnson (2007). The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels. ECW Press. pp. 347–348. ISBN 978-1-55490-284-2. 

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