Coppell High School

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Coppell High School
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Coppell Cowboys Athletic Logo
185 West Parkway Boulevard
Coppell, Texas, 75019
United States
School type Secondary
Established 1965
School district Coppell Independent School District
Superintendent Dr. Mike Waldrip
Principal Mike Jasso
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,870[1] (2014)
Color(s)           Red & Black
Mascot Cowboys/Cowgirls

Coppell High School is a 6A[2] high school located in Coppell, Texas (USA). It is part of the Coppell Independent School District located in extreme northwest Dallas County. In 2011, the school was rated "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]


The school graduated its first class of twenty-five students in 1965.[4] As of the 2012-2013 school year, current enrollment is 2,698 students in grades 9-12. There are over 200 staff members at Coppell High School in order to accommodate the student body of nearly 3000. Athletic teams are known as the "Cowboys" or "Cowgirls" for boys' and girls' teams, respectively. The school colors are red and black. The current principal is Mike Jasso.[5]

Coppell High School was named a 2001-02 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence due to the new SAS class.[6] Coppell High School has been ranked consistently as one of the "Top 1200 U.S. High Schools."


As of the 2014-2015 school year, the student population is made up of the following ethnicities out of 2,870 students[7]

White 55.3%
Hispanic 12.1%
African American 5.8%
Pacific Islander/Asian 24.0%
American Indian 0.5%
Two or more races 2.4%

As of the 2014-2015 school year, its student population is made up of the following grade levels:[8]

Freshman 779
Sophomore 720
Junior 713
Senior 658

Recent news[edit]

The school's population has grown steadily in the past decade, prompting the Texas University Interscholastic League to upgrade Coppell High School from the AAAA classification to AAAAA status for academic and athletic competition; they are currently placed in District 5-5A. Coppell High School has also changed their school schedule system from a trimester system with five periods per day, to a schedule with two semesters, with 3 6-weeks per semester with 7 periods each day.

In 2006, Coppell High School underwent a strategic plan to unify students, staff members and the community with in the large 5A school. As the strategic planning process continued in 2007, the decision was made at that point to implement thematic small learning communities, the career academies. More specifically, it allowed the students who signed up for it to attend academy specific classes that only academy students would be in, and to have an elective period occupied by the chosen academy. The choices that were/are available are under the categories of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy, the EMAC (Emerging Media and Communications) Academy, and the PSA (Public Services Academy) Academy. Freshmen and Sophomores of the 2010 class were the first students to be able to join the Academies.[9]

As of May 2014, Coppell High School was ranked 57th in the state of Texas, and 506th nationally by[10]

Academic Achievements[edit]

Business Professionals of America[edit]

In 2008, 2009 and 2011 Coppell High School's Business Professionals of America chapters won the Best Chapter award at the State Leadership Conference.

Speech and Debate[edit]

The debate squad, coached by Glenda Ferguson, travels nationally every year to debate the top teams in the country. The team has members who participate in public forum and policy debate, and recently some students have begun to do lincoln douglas debate. During the 2007-2008, 2009-2010,[11] and 2010-2011[12] school years, the debate squad qualified a policy team for the Tournament of Champions (debate), one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country. During the 2011-2012 school year, one of the school's teams placed second at the 5A UIL State tournament,[13] and the school often has students make it to elimination rounds of the TFA State tournament. The speech team is similarly successful, although they travel less often. Coached by Maleda Kunkle, the squad participates in a variety of interpretation events, platform speeches, original speeches, reading events, and limited preparation events. Students on the squad often qualify for regional and state competition, including TFA State.

Health Occupations Students of America[edit]

The Coppell HOSA Chapter was nationally recognized as an Outstanding HOSA Chapter for the 2013–2014 school year. Member Chandana Tatineni advanced in her competitive event and placed second nationally.[citation needed]

The Coppell HOSA Public Service Announcement team placed first in the State Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas (2014-2015). The team included five juniors: Asutosh Dhakal, Dheeraj Nuthakki, Haris Rafiq, Vinayak Sahal, and Eugene Han. The team is headed to Anaheim, California for the NLC (National Leadership Conference) in June 2015.[14]

Coppell High School Band[edit]

The Coppell High School Band is considered one of the best bands in the state and was named the #1 Music Program in the United States in 2000. Under the direction of Scott Mason, the band has won several awards in the past years. As of the 2011-2012 school year, Mason had been the head band director at Coppell High School for the past 22 years.[15] In 2000, after the school was re-classified as 5A, the band placed 12th in the 5A State Marching Contest. In 2001, the band participated in the 2001 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California representing the Southwest United States. In 2004, the band placed 11th in the 5A State Marching Contest.

Later that same year, the Lord Mayor of Dublin invited the marching band to participate in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Two years later the band placed 7th in the 2006 State Marching Contest. The marching band's most recent 5A State Marching Contest was in 2012, where the band placed 5th. The latest national recognition earned by the program is "The Sudler Shield", awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. This award recognizes marching band programs throughout the world that reach a world class level of excellence in musical performance, marching execution, choreography and show design for high school, youth, or international marching bands.

Outside of its achievement on the marching field, the CHS Honor Band is a highly decorated program as well. The ensemble won the 1998 4A State Honor Band contest and was the first place runner-up in the 2002 5A State Honor Band contest. The CHS band has more All-State musicians than any program in Texas. The program has earned 1st Division ratings in UIL Concert and Sight Reading contests every year since 1993.

The Coppell High School Lariette Drill Team placed first at the Contest of Champions National Dance Competition in Orlando, FL in 2007.

Awards, Events and Recognition[16]

  • STATE: Texas UIL 6A State Marching Competition - 8th Place - 2014
  • Bands of America Denton 2014 - Placed 5th in Finals
  • All 10 Coppell ISD Concert Bands Earn UIL Sweepstakes Award - April 2014
  • UIL Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest - Earned a total of 222 Gold First Division Medals and had 169 students qualify for State Solo and Ensemble Contest - Feb 2014
  • 5A All-State Band 2014 - 17 members
  • Band of America San Antonio Super Regional 2013 - Received the "Outstanding Music" Award in Prelims, placed 12th in Finals.[17]
  • Bands of America D/FW Area 2013 - Received the "Outstanding Music" Award in Prelims, placed 5th in Finals.[18]
  • 5A All-State Band 2013 – 19 members, more than any school in Texas and a new record for the school.
  • STATE: Texas UIL 5A State Marching Competition – 5th Place - 2012-2013[19]
  • Took all Titles at Mesquite Marching Festival - Division 1 - 2012
  • All 10 Coppell ISD Concert Bands Earn UIL Sweepstakes Award - First Time! - Apr 2011
  • Texas Winter Guard Championships Scholastic A Finalist - Apr 2011
  • Color Guard Lakeview Centennial NTCA Regional 2nd Place - Mar 2011
  • Area C UIL Marching Band Contest - State Qualifying Finalist 5th Place - Oct 2010
  • Region 20 UIL Marching Band Contest - Division 1 - Oct 2010
  • 2nd Place Tournament of Champions Marching Contest - Oct 2010
  • Mesquite Marching Festival - Division 1 - Oct 2010
  • UIL Duncanville – Division 1 - Oct 2009
  • 6th Place Bands of America – Arlington Regional Contest - Oct 2009
  • 2nd Place Mesquite Marching Contest - Division 1 Rating - Oct 2009
  • 1st Place St. Patrick’s Day Parade – NYC (out of 150 bands) - March 2009
  • Carnegie Hall Performance – New York City - March 2009
  • NATIONAL: John Philip Sousa Foundation “The Sudler Shield Award - 2008-2009
  • STATE: Texas UIL Marching Competition – Bronze 3rd Place - 2008-2009
  • 1st Place - Area C 5A Contest - Oct 2008
  • 2nd Place - Duncanville Marching Contest - Oct 2008
  • 6th Place Band of America Regional – Arlington, TX – Oct 2008
  • 3rd Place Mesquite Marching Festival – Division 1 Rating - Oct 2008
  • 4th Place -Tournament of Champions –and Outstanding Music Award - Sept 2008
  • 1st Place/Outstanding Band South Padre, Band Competition, Division 1 - March 2008
  • 1st Place – Mesquite Band Marching Contest –Division 1 Rating, Best Horn Line, Best Percussion, Best Color Guard, Best in Class and Best Overall March 2008
  • 7th Place Bands of America Regional – Arlington - Nov 2007
  • 15th Place Bands of America Super Regional - Dec 2007 Dallas
  • Cowboy Halftime Performance Salvation Army Kettle Drive Kick Off with Kelly Clarkson Thanksgiving Day November, 2007
  • 7th in State - 5A Contest 2006
  • 5A First Runner Up 2002-2004 UIL State Marching Contest
  • 12th in state - 5A Contest 2002
  • 4A State Champions 1999-2001
  • 4A State Marching Contest 1997 3rd place[20]
  • 4A State Marching Contest 1995 3rd place[21]
  • 4A State Marching Contest 1993 4th place[22]
  • UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest (All Bands) 1st Division 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • #1 Music Program in the United States 2000 (Coppell ISD)
  • 2001 Tournament of Roses Parade, California. Representing the Southwest United States
  • UIL Region Solo Contest 2004, 189 Solo Medals
  • UIL State Solo Contest 2004, 28 gold medals, 61 silver medals, 3 Outstanding Soloists
  • All-Region Orchestra 2003 – 11 members
  • All-Region Band 2004 – 132 members, Pre-Area Band 2004 – 46 members, Area Band 2004 – 34 members
  • 5A All-State Band 2004 – 15 members, more than any school in Texas


The Coppell Cowboys compete in the following sports:

Cross Country, Volleyball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling, Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track, Softball & Baseball

The Coppell High School Baseball team has won 12 District Championships since 1984.[23] The 2006 Coppell High School Football Team qualified for its first play-off appearance in over three years. In 2010, the Coppell Cowboys football program had an undefeated 13-0 season up until their loss in the quarterfinals to #1 team in the nation Euless Trinity. This is the farthest that Coppell football team has ever made it in the playoffs, and they had many players named to the AP top players in the state.

In 2003 the Coppell High School Hockey Team won the State Championship and in 2008 won the Summer League Championship.

Coppell's Lacrosse team has won three state championships as of the 2013 season (2009 and 2010 at the THSLL Division 2 level, and 2011 as a THSLL Division 1 team).

The Coppell Cowgirl's volleyball team won back to back state championships in 2011 and 2012. Coppell won State championship in baseball 4A 1995

The Coppell Cowboys soccer team won the 5A state championship in 2013.

The Coppell Cowboys Ultimate team won the 5A state championship in 2012 and 2013.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  27. ^ DiRocco, Michael (September 2, 2009). "Gators RBs Rainey, Moody know pains and know gains". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
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