Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas)

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Mirabeau B. Lamar High School
Arlington, Texas, Tarrant County 76012
United States
Coordinates 32°45′50″N 97°07′33″W / 32.76396°N 97.1259°W / 32.76396; -97.1259Coordinates: 32°45′50″N 97°07′33″W / 32.76396°N 97.1259°W / 32.76396; -97.1259
Type Public High School
Established 1970
Principal Andy Hagman
Grades 9-12
Number of students approx. 2800 (2009-2010 academic year)
School color(s) Navy Blue, Gold and, White
Athletics UIL District 4-6a
Mascot Vikings
Rival Arlington High School & Martin high school
Yearbook Valhalla

Mirabeau B. Lamar High School is a secondary school in Arlington, Texas. It is named for Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second president of the Republic of Texas, and located at 1400 West Lamar Boulevard.

The school, which handles grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Arlington Independent School District. The current principal is Andy Hagman. The school mascot is a viking, and the school colors are navy blue and gold. As of May 21, 2007, 2,683 students attend the school, making it the third largest high school in the city.[1]

Lamar was recognized in 1995 as one of the nation's top 50 high schools by U.S. News & World Report. Since 2009, Lamar has housed an International Baccalaureate program. In May 2013, Lamar was awarded the designation of National Demonstration School by Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Lamar boasts an unusually strong alumni base and has several outside websites related to its extracurricular and alumni activities.

Lamar High School serves areas of Northern Arlington and Northwestern Grand Prairie. It is racially and culturally integrated, with large populations of Latino and African-American students.

In addition to athletics programs, Lamar competes in UIL Academics, Academic Decathlon, and many fine arts activities. Lamar was the TMEA Honor Orchestra in 2005. LHS offers AP classes in the following subjects: English Literature, English Language, Latin, Spanish, French, German, Music Theory, U.S. History, World History, European History, Psychology, US Government, Comparative Government, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, and Statistics.

Based on the size, athletic success, and competitiveness of some larger schools, UIL and has created a Class 6A Classification as of February 2013. Lamar High School was included in the changes of classifications, and is now a Class 6A school.


Lamar opened in 1970 as AISD's third high school. Lamar relieved Arlington High School and Sam Houston High School. Cathy Brown of The Dallas Morning News said that Lamar's effect on Sam Houston was "minimal" because there were very few housing units located north of Division and east of Collins.[2] Brown said that "[t]he effect on Arlington High School was huge" since the housing in the Arlington zone north to division had been moved to Lamar. 12th grade students that had been zoned out of Arlington High School continued to attend Arlington High School, despite being in the Lamar zone.[2]

In 1982 Martin High School opened. Brown said that Sam Houston and Lamar were "relatively unaffected" by the opening of Martin, located in southwest Arlington.[2]


Notable alumni[edit]

Feeder schools[edit]

The Feeder Schools for Lamar High School are Shackelford Junior High (which is fed by Pope, Butler, Wimbish and Speer elementary schools) and Nichols Junior High (which is fed by Ellis, Sherrod, Larson, Roquemore and Webb elementary schools).


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  2. ^ a b c Brown, Cathy (editorial columnist). "No blackboard jungles despite changing demographics." The Dallas Morning News. Wednesday October 14, 1998. Opinions Arlington 7A. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
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  4. ^ Martindale, David. "Arlington Lamar grad Billy Miller makes a name for himself on Y&R". Fort Worth Star Telegram. January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Mark Shelton". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Red Raider Sports - Don Williams - Keep your eye on number nine on Saturday". 

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