MacArthur High School (Irving, Texas)
|MacArthur High School|
3700 MacArthur Boulevard
|Type||Co-Educational, Public, Secondary|
|School district||Irving Independent School District|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.45|
MacArthur High School is a public high school in Irving, Texas. Opened in 1963, it is named for the American General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. In 2010, the school was rated "Academically Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.
Student arrest controversy
The incident occurred when a 14-year-old student, Ahmed Mohamed, was arrested on September 14, 2015, for bringing an alleged hoax bomb to school. The episode arose when Mohamed reassembled the parts of a digital clock in an 8-inch (20 cm) pencil container, and brought it to school to show his teachers.
The LGBTQ+ Walkout
Shortly after the start of the 2021-2022 year, word spread among students that the new principal, Ms. Stewart, had allegedly fired a teacher for being openly gay and was forcing teachers to remove "safe space" stickers. This controversy quickly created a fervor among students which emboldened them to organize a walkout for LGBTQ+ rights, occurring on September 22nd between 6th and 7th period.  On September 23rd of 2021, the principal was alleged to have made a response to the student body telling them to comply with whatever actions she takes even if they are controversial, and that she may have been encouraged by higher ups at the education board to promote anti-LGBTQ+ policies.
In 2011, the MacArthur girls basketball team won the state tournament. Coach Suzie Oelschlegel was named the Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
- Peter MacNicol, Emmy Award winning actor
- Kole Ayi, professional football player
- Akin Ayodele, professional football player
- Brian Bosworth, professional football player and actor
- Ron Brooks, professional football player
- Patrick Chukwurah, professional football player
- Mike Phillips, professional baseball player
- Odyssey Sims, professional basketball player
- Chris Steele, pornographic actor
- Alexis Jones, professional basketball player.
- Steve Railsback, actor
- David Beaty, football coach, 2002-05
- Phil Bennett, football coach, 1983
- Melvin Robertson, football coach, 1988-1990
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