Judson High School
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|Judson High School|
9142 FM 78
|School district||Judson Independent School District|
|Principal||Jesus Hernandez III|
|Color(s)||Red & Grey|
|Athletics conference||UIL Class AAAAAA|
|Website||Judson High School|
Judson High School is a public, co-educational secondary school in Converse, Texas, United States, 15 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio. It was established in 1959 as part of the Judson Independent School District, and is currently classified as a 6A school by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). Judson High School is the second oldest International Baccalaureate World School in Texas, since 1985. The school and the District were named after Moses Campbell Judson, who served on the Bexar County School Board from 1918 to 1939. His nephew Jack Judson was on the board when the decision was made to name the new rural high school Judson.
For a portion of its history up through 2010, Judson High School used a dual campus system wherein juniors and seniors attended the "Red Campus" and freshmen and sophomores attended the "Gray Campus." Previous to this dual campus system, Judson also had an atypical structure because it only housed grades 10-12 with the middle schools supporting grades 7-9. These structural departures from a typical high school system were due to efforts to accommodate the area's rapid population growth.
A single building now houses all departments with the exception of the agriculture facilities. All original buildings that made up the Red Campus were razed in 2011 to make way for new athletic fields and tennis courts, and the Gray Campus was re-purposed into Judson Middle School. The Judson ISD Performing Arts Center (PAC), constructed in 1998, houses the band, choir, orchestra, and drama classes. The PAC facility has a recital hall that seats 216 people, and an Auditorium that has 840 seats. The Judson ISD Performing Arts Center is physically connected to Judson High School via a vestibule.
Before 2005 Judson was the only high school in the district. Karen Wagner High School opened in Fall 2005, and in Fall 2016 the district opened a third high school, Veterans Memorial High School.
Judson's athletic programs have experienced state championship success in several sports.
D.W. Rutledge coached the Rockets until 2000 amassing a record of 198-31-5 taking the Rockets to seven state championship games, and winning four state titles. The football stadium is named after Coach Rutledge in his honor.
After the 2000 season the team went to the state playoffs in nine of eleven seasons making three championship game appearances and winning one state championship.
Judson offensive coordinator Rodney Williams became head coach in May 2019. In his first season Williams led the Rockets to a regular season record of 9-1, but the team lost to Lake Travis 48-35 in the Region 4 Final, finishing the season at 12-2.
Judson has made it to the playoffs 41 times over 58 total seasons, advanced to the state semifinal level 18 times, reached the state title game 11 times, and won the state championship six times.
Judson holds the all-time Texas state record with 43 consecutive winning seasons from 1977 through 2019. The team last finished with a losing record in 1976 and is a combined 456-103-5 during the streak. The previous record for consecutive winning seasons was 36 set by Plano Senior High School. During the current streak, Judson has won over 80 percent of its games, and the worst record in 43 years is 7-5 with a worst regular season record of 6-4 (happened 4 times).
|1977 to 2019||456-103-5||81%|
|1962 to 2019||509-197-10||72%|
Judson's season records during the streak from 1977-2019 are below.
|Year||Record||Head Coach||Season Result|
|1977||10-1||Sanders||Lost in bi-district round to San Antonio Holmes 14-21|
|1978||10-2||Sanders||Lost in regional round to San Antonio Churchill 14-30|
|1979||10-1||Sanders||Lost in bi-district round to San Antonio Jay 28-0|
|1982||14-1||Arnold||State semifinalist losing to Beaumont Westbrook 12-27|
|1983||15-1||Arnold||State champion defeating Midland Lee 25-21|
|1984||11-2-1||Rutledge||State quarterfinalist losing to San Antonio Madison 16-19|
|1985||12-2||Rutledge||State quarterfinalist losing to San Antonio Holmes 29-30|
|1986||12-1||Rutledge||State quarterfinalist losing to Austin Reagan 15-18|
|1987||9-1-1||Rutledge||Lost in area championship to state semifinalist Fort Bend Willowridge 17-8|
|1988||15-1||Rutledge||State champion defeating Dallas Carter 1-0 (Carter won game 31-14 but was later disqualified)|
|1989||14-1||Rutledge||State semifinalist losing to Aldine 14-48|
|1990||14-2||Rutledge||State finalist losing to Marshall 19-21|
|1991||11-3||Rutledge||State semifinalist losing to Fort Bend Dulles 26-27|
|1992||14-1||Rutledge||State champion defeating Euless Trinity 52-0|
|1993||13-0-2||Rutledge||State champion defeating Plano 36-13|
|1994||10-3-1||Rutledge||State semifinalist losing to Katy 19-42|
|1995||14-1||Rutledge||State champion defeating Odessa Permian 31-28|
|1996||13-2||Rutledge||State finalist losing to Lewisville 34-58|
|1997||7-4||Rutledge||Lost in bi-district round to Austin Crockett 15-26|
|1998||14-1||Rutledge||State finalist losing to Duncanville 21-24|
|2000||8-3||Rutledge||Lost in bi-district round to Austin Westlake 6-35|
|2001||9-3||Rackley||Lost in regional round to San Antonio Taft 13-32|
|2002||14-1||Rackley||State champion defeating Midland 33-32|
|2004||13-1||Rackley||State semifinalist losing to Spring Westfield 14-28|
|2005||10-5||Rackley||State finalist losing to Euless Trinity 14-28|
|2007||11-5||Rackley||State finalist losing to Euless Trinity 10-13|
|2008||8-3||Rackley||Lost in bi-district round to San Antonio Stevens 12-14|
|2009||9-3||Rackley||Lost in area round to Austin Westlake 17-43|
|2010||7-5||Rackley||Lost in area round to San Antonio Stevens 27-33|
|2011||8-3||Rackley||Lost in bi-district round to San Antonio Madison 24-25|
|2012||8-4||Smith||Lost in area round to San Antonio O'Connor 28-34|
|2013||11-3||Smith||State quarterfinalist losing to San Antonio Madison 29-33|
|2014||10-5||McAuliffe||State semifinalist losing to Cypress Ranch 31-38|
|2015||13-2||McAuliffe||State semifinalist losing to Galena Park North Shore 17-23|
|2016||9-3||McAuliffe||Lost in second round to state quarterfinalist Austin Westlake 21-24|
|2017||10-2||McAuliffe||Lost in second round to state finalist Austin Lake Travis, 39-47|
|2018||12-1||McAuliffe||State quarterfinalist losing to state semifinalist Lake Travis 38-21|
|2019||12-2||Williams||State quarterfinalist losing to state semifinalist Lake Travis 48-35|
Track and Field
Judson track and field programs have experienced significant recent success. The boys team won the 2013 Texas 5A state track meet, and the girls team won consecutive Texas 5A/6A state championships in 2014 and 2015.
The Judson Rocket boys basketball program has been a perennial contender under coach Michael Wacker. Judson has been to the UIL state tournament three times: 1992-1993, 2000-2001, and 2013-2014. In all three instances, Judson lost to the eventual state champion. The Rockets finished the 2014 season with a record of 37-2, the best record in Judson boys basketball history.
|1993||State Finalist||Wacker||Lost to Fort Worth Dunbar 74-64|
|2001||State Semifinalist||Wacker||Lost to Sugar Land Willowridge 67-64 (2OT)|
|2014||State Finalist||Wacker||Lost to Galena Park North Shore 57-45|
Under coach Triva Corrales, the Judson Rocket girls basketball program has been to the UIL state tournament three times (2017-2019) losing to the eventual state champion in 2017 and 2018. Judson beat Desoto in 2019 to claim its first state title in girls basketball.
|2017||State Semifinalist||Corrales||Lost to Duncanville 53-41|
|2018||State Finalist||Corrales||Lost to Plano 62-58|
|2019||State Champion||Corrales||Beat Desoto 49-46|
- Mike Azzaro (Class of 1983) — former professional polo player
- Eric Brown (Class of 1993) — former NFL safety for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans
- Tre Flowers (Class of 2013) — current NFL cornerback/safety for the Seattle Seahawks
- Phillip Gaines (Class of 2009) — current NFL cornerback for the Houston Texans
- Derwin Gray (Class of 1989) — evangelist and former NFL defensive back for the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers
- Otis Grigsby (Class of 1999) — former NFL defensive end for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings
- Anthony Hutchison (Class of 1978) — former NFL running back for the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills
- Rob Housler (Class of 2006) — former NFL tight end who has played for the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and New England Patriots
- Mike Jinks (Class of 1990) — college football coach; former head football coach at Bowling Green State University
- Bert Richardson (Class of 1975) — judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and a San Antonio lawyer
- Corey Sears (Class of 1991) — former NFL defensive end for the Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, and Arizona Cardinals
- Chris Samuels (Class of 1987) — former NFL running back for the San Diego Chargers
- Darnell Stephens (Class of 1991) — former NFL LB for the Tampa bay Buccaneers
- Karen Wagner (Class of 1979) — former officer in the United States Army; died at the Pentagon in the September 11 attacks, namesake for Karen Wagner High School 
- Jarveon Williams (Class of 2013) — former NFL running back for the Cincinnati Bengals
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