Jasper High School (Plano, Texas)

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T.C. Jasper High School
6800 Archgate Drive
Texas 75024
United States
Coordinates 33°04′03″N 96°47′00″W / 33.0676°N 96.7832°W / 33.0676; -96.7832Coordinates: 33°04′03″N 96°47′00″W / 33.0676°N 96.7832°W / 33.0676; -96.7832
Type Free public
Established 1996
School district Plano Independent School District
Principal Matt Endsley
Faculty 142
Grades 9th and 10th
Enrollment 1,350[1]
Campus size 104 acres (0.42 km2)s (0.4 km²) (shared)
Campus type Suburban
Green, Black, and White
Mascot Jaguar
Main entrance to school from primary parking lot

T. C. Jasper High School (also known as Jasper or JHS) is a public co-educational secondary school in Plano, Texas (USA) serving grades nine and ten. Founded in 1996, the school is part of the Plano Independent School District. Robinson Middle School and Rice Middle School feed into Jasper. Students leaving Jasper will attend Plano West Senior High School. The school colors are green, black, and white, and the school mascot is the Jaguar.[2]

In 2009, the school was rated "exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]


Jasper High School is named in honor of Plano banker and businessman Thomas Chilton "T.C." Jasper.[4]

Jasper was the third school built on the 104-acre (0.42 km2) parcel of land shared with Gulledge Elementary School and Robinson Middle School. Jasper was constructed in time for the 1996–1997 school year; however, the completion of the 240,000-square-foot (22,000 m2), two-story building was not finished until July 1999. The company estimates that the construction cost was US$17,000,000.[5] Jasper was the newest of the five 9–10 high schools in the Plano Independent School District. Jasper opened with an enrollment of 1,172 students,[6] and a functional capacity of approximately 1,758 students.[7] Currently, Jasper has a student population of 1,660 students making it the third most populous high school in PISD.[8]

In 2002, the Professional Development center was vacated. The area was then renovated, creating 7 classrooms and two offices, along with the enclosure of the outdoor dining area to create a dance room. The project, with a contract price of $700,157, was designed by Corgan Associates, Inc. and built by Tywell Construction Corporation.[9] During the 2003 Bond Election held on August 23, 2003, a $3,500,000 addition of eight temporary classrooms was approved by a vote of 3,643 for to 1,499 against, in order to combat overcrowding in the school, which had reached 1,980. This was part of a $33,550,000 bond proposal of PISD.[7]

On March 25, 2004, Big Sky Construction was chosen out of eight contractors to build an orchestra/band/choir hall. The company's proposal of $1,999,900 was more than $30,000 less expensive than the next cheapest bid to the school district.[10] It was completed in that same year for a price of $2,000,000.[11]

On November 28, 2005, the Plano Independent School District announced the beginning of an addition of a science wing to assist in increasing Jasper's functional capacity, as the population of the school had already exceeded 2,000 students. The addition was approved in a 2004 Facility Program Bond vote by the citizens of Plano. It was a project given to the Cadence McShane Companies, and was built along with new additions to Williams High School. The addition to Jasper was completed in July 2006, costing the school district approximately $7,501,893.[12] Also added under the contract was a fourth cafeteria line and a multipurpose room. The wooden gym floors were redone during this same time.


Phil Saviano was the original principal from 1996 to 1998. Saviano left to become the first principal of Plano West Senior High School. In 1998, Sue Kirk became principal. Kirk left after the 99-00 school year to be the first principal of McKinney North High School. Bob Seei, was named principal beginning in the fall of 2000. Retiring three years later, he was replaced by Michael Novotny.

On June 26, 2008, Michael Novotny left the principal position to become the superintendent of the Moulton Independent School District. During the 2008–2009 school year, Jeff Gasaway replaced Michael Novotny. Courtney Gober, assistant principal from Williams High School, took up the role as principal for the 2009-2010 and 2010–2011 school year.

For the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school year, Kary Cooper, the previous principal of Otto and Robinson middle schools, became the principal of Jasper. For the 2014-2015 school year, Matt Endsley served as principal.


The current enrollment at Jasper is 1699, which is the second largest of the six Plano high schools and fourth overall out of the 70 schools in PISD, & one of the biggest in Texas.

Jasper operates on a 9:00 am to 4:15 pm schedule.[2]

Jasper now offers five Advanced Placement (AP) classes: Human Geography, European History (added 2009), Calculus BC (added 2012), Computer Science Principles (added 2017) and World History. In 2005, Jasper had the highest percentage of passing students in the world on the Advanced Placement Human Geography exam for schools of its size.[13] Out of the students taking the AP World History, 89% received college credit for passing the test. The majority of scores on both tests was a '5', the highest score possible. In 2006, Jasper once again had the highest percentage of passing students in the world of the Advanced Placement Human Geography exam for schools of its size, with a 100% passing rate of the 95 students taking the test. The passing rate for the World History test was 74%. The most frequent score was a '5'.

Spanish, French, German, Latin, Chinese, and American Sign Language are available to students attending Jasper.

Approximately 78% of Jasper students are taking a career/technology education course.[14]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The extracurricular activities offered at Jasper High School are many and varied due to the school's large size. There are chapters of national organizations such as the National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, (Leadership Education & Training); National Honor Society and clubs founded by Jasper students such as the Environmental Club, League of Legends Club, . Service organizations such as the Peer Tutoring Society coexist alongside clubs where students can have fun, such as Mu Alpha Theta, Jasper's math club.[15]


Jasper fields 13 teams in six different sports; 7 men's teams and 6 women's teams: football (9th and 10th grades), volleyball (9th and 10th grades), basketball (9th and 10th grades), tennis (9th and 10th grades), baseball, golf and track (9th and 10th grades).[15] Students in Marching Band receive athletic credit towards graduation, as do students in the JROTC program.

Music Program[edit]

In 1996, Jasper's first year, sophomores Jessica Ridings (Edwards) wrote the lyrics to the school song. Ridings became the Drum Major of the TCU band.

Jasper's music program is one of the most decorated in Texas. The Legacy Orchestra is consistently listed among the best in the state, ranking as one of the top five string orchestras in Texas 10 times since 2001. In 2012-2013, the Jasper Symphony Orchestra (Legacy Orchestra and Wind Ensemble members) won the distinguished title of 2014 Texas Honor Full Orchestra, becoming the first non-varsity orchestra to ever be named Honor Orchestra in the state of Texas.[16]

All of the music programs (band, choir, and orchestra) have many qualifiers for the All-State honor each year. Each of them also routinely earns University Interscholastic League (UIL) Sweepstakes Awards, the highest rating awarded at the annual Texas UIL large group competition.[2]


In 2005, Jasper, won the Dallas/Fort Worth World Affairs Council Academic WorldQuest contest, winning an all-expenses paid trip to the national tournament in Washington, D.C.[17]


  • In October 2006, Jasper was one of eight PISD schools and 268 Texas public schools (out of 7,519, or the top 3%) to earn recognition on the Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll.[18]
  • Jasper has received the 'Commended Performance' designation in English/Reading/Language Arts, Math and Science, Social Studies, and Attendance Rate.[2]
  • In 2015 Jasper Legacy Orchestra placed 1st runner up in the TMEA state convention.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.pisd.edu/schools/secondary/jasper/index.shtml
  2. ^ a b c d "Jasper High School Campus Profile". Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  3. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Thomas Chilton Jasper". Retrieved 2006-07-05. 
  5. ^ "New Page 1". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2006-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Plano ISD Secondary Enrollment". Retrieved 2006-10-23. 
  7. ^ a b "2003 Bond Election – PISD". Archived from the original on February 5, 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-31. 
  8. ^ "Jasper High School". Retrieved 2006-10-23. 
  9. ^ "PISD Construction Final Report 2000-2003" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-09-21. 
  10. ^ "Jasper HS Fine Arts Addition". Archived from the original on September 11, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Big Sky Construction". Archived from the original on July 22, 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  12. ^ "2004 Bond Program Construction Status Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-06-30. 
  13. ^ Hacker, Holly K. (2006-02-07). "More students take, pass AP exams, report finds". Dallas Morning News. 
  14. ^ "2005 Campus AEIS Report". Retrieved 2006-10-01. 
  15. ^ a b "Jasper High School". Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  16. ^ http://jasperorchestra.com/?page_id=16
  17. ^ "Dallas Academic WorldQuest Competition" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 3, 2006. Retrieved September 12, 2006. 
  18. ^ "TBEC Honor Roll Schools". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2006-10-23. 

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