Garland High School

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Garland High School
310 South Garland Avenue

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Coordinates32°54′36″N 96°38′49″W / 32.90991°N 96.64708°W / 32.90991; -96.64708Coordinates: 32°54′36″N 96°38′49″W / 32.90991°N 96.64708°W / 32.90991; -96.64708
School typePublic high school
MottoEnter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve
School districtGarland Independent School District
SuperintendentDr. Ricardo López[1]
PrincipalHolly Hines
Enrollment2,583 (2016-17)[2]
Color(s)          Black & Gold

Garland High School is a public high school located in Garland, Texas, United States. Garland High School enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is a part of the Garland Independent School District. The school is a member of the AP program, the IB program, and is known for its football team, the Garland Owls.

As of 2014 it is the oldest campus in GISD.[3]

In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[4]


Garland High School was founded 1902,[5][6] and was established in the former Garland College. Around 1912 the building was expanded and renovated.[7]

It is the oldest of the district's high schools, having celebrated its 100-year anniversary in the 2001-2002 school year. The school celebrated its 70th anniversary at the current location (referring to the current building) in the 2006-2007 school year. Garland High School is also the Arts Magnet for the District with its Performing Arts Endorsement Program, and also renowned for its International Baccalaureate program.

At one point GHS acquired the former Handley School.[8]

Garland High School began classes in the 1902-1903 academic year. Operating in the old Garland College building on the west side of 9th Street between Avenues A & B, the faculty offered primary, intermediate, high school and college-level instruction. Civic convocations were held in the auditorium, which accommodated crowds like the one shown here ca. 1912.[9]

The film WUSS was shot at Garland High, as well as the 2016 LGBT-Comedy film “Hurricane Bianca”, starring drag queen Bianca Del Rio [10]


As of 2014 certain agricultural and athletic programs are held off-campus since there is insufficient space to house them. The current GHS campus was built in 17 distinct pieces.[3]

Academic programs[edit]

The school attracts many students from around the city because of its variety of rigorous academic programs such as the IB program and long history.

  • IB Art - Students study art and design and are evaluated towards their final years on the merits of their Investigation Workbooks or art portfolio. This is followed by an art show and allows for students to independently evaluate themselves during the process.[11]

School of Performing Arts[edit]

The School of Performing Arts was approved by the GISD School Board. Graduates of the School of Performing Arts receive the Performing Arts Endorsement, sequence of courses designed for the artistically gifted/talented student and offers the opportunity to concentrate on the Performing Arts and gain proficiency in chosen areas of concentration during the high school years, much as a Music or Theatre Major does in college.

Upon completion of the prescribed course of study, a Performing Arts Endorsement shall be awarded to the student. This endorsement will accompany their official transcript, along with an explanation of the endorsement and its criteria, and will become applicable to university study or future professional endeavors. The Performing Arts Endorsement has been reviewed by both university and secondary administration. It has received praise for both its inclusiveness and its practicality.

Performing Arts Endorsement Types[edit]

  • Instrumental - Band
  • Instrumental - Orchestra
  • Vocal Music
  • Piano Performance
  • Theatre Arts - Performance
  • Theatre Arts- Technical
  • Classical Guitar
  • Film

Note that IB Theatre and PAE are two different things but may also be done concurrently.[12]


Garland High School has one of the most profound legacies of any school in its district, with its football team having won several state championships during its lifetime. In addition to football, Garland High School offers baseball, basketball, cross country, Dashing Debs (also known as the Drill Team), golf, gymnastics, marching band, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. Garland is the only high school in its district to offer a swimming team. Garland is part of the UIL Class 5A for the 2013-2014 school year, but will be reclassified under UIL Class 6A Region 2 District 11 for the 2014-2015 school year.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ GISD Leadership Archived August 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "GARLAND H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Leszcynski, Ray. "Billion-dollar facilities fix list steps up Garland ISD bond process." The Dallas Morning News. January 6, 2014. Retrieved on June 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2016-04-22.
  5. ^ Archived 2008-11-22 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Garland ISD: School Spirit & History
  7. ^ Himmelreich, Paul. Garland (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 2014. ISBN 1467132268, 9781467132268. p. 81.
  8. ^ Himmelreich, Paul. Garland (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 2014. ISBN 1467132268, 9781467132268. p. 83.
  9. ^ Garland Landmark Society - Photo Gallery - Schools Sports Entertainment Archived 2008-11-22 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Wiklonsky, Robert. "Shot at Garland High, Clay Liford's WUSS Among Titles at South by Southwest Film Fest." Dallas Observer. Wednesday February 2, 2011. Retrieved on July 1, 2016.
  11. ^ Retrieved February 19, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  12. ^ "Performing Arts Faq". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  13. ^ Actors In Spandex - Johnny Yong Bosch Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Obituary: David Koresh - People - News - The Independent
  15. ^ Cummings, Tommy. "Who, what and where is Garland, Texas?" The Dallas Morning News. May 4, 2015. Retrieved on June 27, 2016.

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