Grand Prairie High School

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Grand Prairie High School
Grand Prairie High School.jpg
Address
101 Gopher Blvd
Grand Prairie, Texas, Dallas County 75050
United States
Information
School type Public
Established 1911
Principal Lorimer Arendse
Grades 9th-12th
Color(s) Royal Blue and White
Mascot Gopher
Rivals South Grand Prairie High School
Website

Grand Prairie High School, is a public high school in Grand Prairie, Texas.[2] It is one of two high schools serving the 37-campus Grand Prairie Independent School District, which encompasses the Dallas County portion of Grand Prairie.

History[edit]

1902 Grand Prairie Independent School District established
1902 Ten formal grades established
1905 Two-story building constructed at 214 West College Street
1911 First graduating class of four students completes high school program
1924 Grand Prairie High School fields its first football team
1954 Dalworth School (for African-American students) adds high school program
1956 Dalworth High School graduates first class
1966 Grand Prairie ISD integrates Dalworth High School into Grand Prairie High School
2002 Grand Prairie High School Ninth Grade Center opens
2016 A Portion Of High School Dr Was Renamed To Gopher Blvd On June 1, 2016

Campus[edit]

Grand Prairie High School relocated to its current site[3] at 101 Gopher blvd in 1951.

Classroom facilities[edit]

Following construction of the original building in 1951, the school underwent its first expansion in the late 1970s. However, the classroom facilities in use today are mainly the product of a major expansion and renovation project completed in 1990. The project added a new library, administrative offices, classroom space, cafeteria, and gymnasium (see "Athletic facilities" below), as well as the atrium at the school's entrance.

Due to dramatic growth in the student population, GPHS opened a Ninth Grade Center in 2002 at the southwest corner of the campus. The high school and the Ninth Grade Center consolidated to begin the 2013-14 school year as the Ninth Grade Center was converted to the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy.

Athletic facilities[edit]

The Gopher Bowl was constructed in 1956 in the northeast portion of the campus and hosts the school's home football games and soccer matches. Unlike many stadiums with "bowl" in their names, the Gopher Bowl is a true bowl-shaped stadium, situated below ground level. Since 1969, it has also been the site of the home football games of the South Grand Prairie High School Warriors. It was remodeled and expanded in 2003–2004 and re-dedicated as the Gopher-Warrior Bowl, to much dismay from Gopher alumni.

The school's coliseum was completed in 1990. The GPISD Board of Trustees re-dedicated it as the Amos Turner Gymnasium in 1998. Turner was principal of GPHS during the 1975–1976 school year and previously served as both a teacher and coach at GPHS from 1953 until 1968.

Performing arts facilities[edit]

The 2,000-seat H. H. Chambers Auditorium sits at the southeast corner of the campus and was dedicated in 1963. Chambers served as superintendent of the Grand Prairie Independent School District from 1950 to 1968.

The Leon Breeden Band Hall houses the school's music education program and honors former GPHS band director Leon Breeden. Following his tenure at GPHS, Breeden achieved international recognition as the director of the world-renowned jazz program at the University of North Texas College of Music.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Grand Prairie High School had the following demographic profile during the 2009–2010 school year in grades 10–12:[1]

72.7% Latino
14.7% Anglo-American
10.6% African-American
1.6% Asian or Pacific Islander
0.4% Native American

Feeding Patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools fed into Grand Praire High School

  • Hobbs Williams Elementary School
  • Travis Elementary School

The Following Middle Schools fed into Grand Praire High School

  • Bill Arnold Middle School Women's Leadership Academy
  • Kennedy Middle School
  • James Fannin Middle School

Academic standards[edit]

In 2010, the school was rated 'recognized' by the Texas Education Agency.[5] In 2011, the school was rated 'Academically Unacceptable' by the Texas Education Agency.[6]

Achievements[edit]

UIL Academic State honors[edit]

Year Class Award Event
1945 2A Champion[7] Team Debate
1990 5A Runner-up[8] Calculator Applications
1993 5A Champion[9] Current Issues and Events
1994 5A Champion[10] Current Issues and Events
2002 5A Runner-up[11] Poetry Interpretation
2004 5A Champion[12] Ready Writing
2004 5A Runner-up[12] Headline Writing
2004 5A Runner-up[12] Current Issues and Events Team
2006 5A Champion[12] Poetry Interpretation
2011 5A Champion[12] Prose Interpretation

UIL Athletic State honors[edit]

Year Class Award Event
1929 N/A Champion[13] Boys' 220 Yard Low Hurdles
1960 4A Champion[14] Boys' Pole Vault
1963 4A Champion[15] Boys' 180 Yard Low Hurdles
1987 5A Champion[16] Boys' 110m Hurdles
1987 5A Champion[17] Boys' 100m Dash
1987 5A Champion[18] Boys' 200m Dash
1995 5A Semifinalist[19] Baseball
1997 5A Champion[20] Boys' High Jump
1999 5A Runner-up[21] Boys' 300m Hurdles
1999 5A Runner-up[22] Boys' Wrestling, Weight Class 130
1999 5A Runner-up[22] Boys' Wrestling, Weight Class 215

2013

 state qualifier
 boys' wrestling, weight Class 106 vincent meraz

2013 - 2014 Womans wrestling, Marysol Ipina, 6th place at UIL at 185 lbs weight class.

Speech and Debate honors[edit]

Year Competition Award
1993 National Forensic League National Tournament 11th Place, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking[23]
2000 National Forensic League National Tournament 7th Place, Humorous Interpretation[24]
2009 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament 6th Place, Duo Interpretation[25]
2011 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament 5th Place, Sweepstakes[26]
2011 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament State Champion, Duo Interpretation[27]
2011 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament 3rd Place, Duet Acting[26]
2012 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament State Champion, Duet Acting[28]
2012 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament 6th Place, Duet Acting[29]
2012 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament 8th Place, Duet Acting[28]
2012 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament 5th Place, Duo Interpretation[29]
2012 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament 7th Place, Duo Interpretation[28]
2012 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament 5th Place, Dramatic Interpretation[29]
2012 National Forensic League National Tournament National Champion, Dramatic Interpretation

Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest State honors[edit]

Year Award Category
1983 Outstanding Performer[30] Vocal
1983 Outstanding Performer[30] Vocal
1991 Outstanding Performer[31] Medium Ensemble
1994 Outstanding Performer[32] Medium Ensemble
1995 Outstanding Performer[33] Medium Ensemble
2002 Outstanding Performer[34] Trumpet
2016 Outstanding Performer[35] Violin (Mariachi)

Notable alumni[edit]

(includes Grand Prairie High School and Dalworth High School)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2009–2010 Academic Excellence Indicator System". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 2011-02-16. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Population, Texas Cities". Texas State Library. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  3. ^ http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=32754470&x=-97003420&z=17&l=0&m=a&v=2
  4. ^ "Handbook of Texas Online, University of North Texas College of Music". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  5. ^ "2010 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  6. ^ "2011 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  7. ^ "UIL Team Debate State Champions". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  8. ^ "1989–90 State Academic Meet Results – Calculator Applications". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  9. ^ "1992–93 State Academic Meet Results – Current Issues & Events". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  10. ^ "1993–94 State Academic Meet Results – Current Issues & Events". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  11. ^ "2001–02 State Academic Meet Results – Poetry Interpretation". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "State Academic Meet Results Database". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  13. ^ "UIL Boys Track & Field State Champions". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  14. ^ "UIL Boys Track & Field State Champions". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  15. ^ "UIL Boys Track & Field State Champions". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  16. ^ "1987 State Track Meet Results – 100/110 Hurdles". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  17. ^ "1987 State Track Meet Results – 100m". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  18. ^ "1987 State Track Meet Results – 200m". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  19. ^ "1994–95 Baseball Playoff Results". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved September 15, 2007. 
  20. ^ "1997 State Track Meet Results – High Jump". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  21. ^ "1999 State Track Meet Results – 300 Hurdles". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  22. ^ a b "UIL State Wrestling Meet Records". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  23. ^ "Unknown title", NFL Rostrum, National Forensic League, 1993-09-01 
  24. ^ "NFL Rostrum – September 2000" (PDF). National Forensic League. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  25. ^ "2009 TFA State Results - Duo Interpretation" (PDF). Texas Forensic Association. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  26. ^ a b "2011 TFA State Results". Texas Forensic Association. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  27. ^ "2011 TFA State Results". Texas Forensic Association. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  28. ^ a b c "2012 TFA State Results". Texas Forensic Association. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  29. ^ a b c "2012 TFA State Results - Duet Acting". Texas Forensic Association. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  30. ^ a b "TSSEC Outstanding Performers – Vocal". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  31. ^ "1990–91 TSSEC Outstanding Performers". University Interscholastic League. Archived from the original on June 15, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2007. 
  32. ^ "1993–94 TSSEC Outstanding Performers". University Interscholastic League. Archived from the original on June 14, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2007. 
  33. ^ "1994–95 TSSEC Outstanding Performers". University Interscholastic League. Archived from the original on August 7, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2007. 
  34. ^ "2001–02 TSSEC Outstanding Performers". University Interscholastic League. Archived from the original on February 10, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2007. 
  35. ^ "2015-16 Mariachi Festival Pilot Outstanding Performers" (PDF). University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  36. ^ "Outstanding Young Texas Exes Current Recipients". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  37. ^ "Kerry Wood Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 32°45′16″N 97°00′08″W / 32.75444°N 97.002159°W / 32.75444; -97.002159