MacArthur High School (Irving, Texas)

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MacArthur High School
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3700 MacArthur Boulevard

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TypeCo-Educational, Public, Secondary
School districtIrving Independent School District
Staff176.88 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,733 (2019-20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15.45[1]
Color(s)  Red

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.


MacArthur High School, named after Douglas MacArthur, opened in 1963. A Junior ROTC program began in the 1973–4 school year.[2]


Student arrest controversy[edit]

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)[3] pencil container, and brought it to school to show his teachers.

Anti LGBTQ+ policies[edit]

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 22 between 6th and 7th period.[4] On September 23 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.[citation needed][5]

Academic ratings[edit]

In 2009, the school was rated "Academically Acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[6] In 2010, the school was rated "Academically Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.[7]


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.[8]

Notable people[edit]




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  2. ^ "History of MacArthur High School". Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Letters demand $15 million, say Irving officials worked to smear Ahmed Mohamed after clock arrest | Irving | Dallas News". Dallas News. 2015-11-23. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  4. ^ "Students walk out at MacArthur H.S. after teachers allegedly forced to take down 'safe space' stickers for LGBTQIA+ students". WFAA.
  5. ^ "Texas school plans to oust a teacher who fought for LGBTQ rainbow stickers". NBC News. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  6. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25.
  7. ^ "2010 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2011-11-14.
  8. ^ Lee, Christine (January 20, 2012). "National Coach of the Year Is From Irving". NBC Dallas Fort Worth. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "Kole Ayi profile". Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "Cowboys sign OLB Ayodele, their former ball boy". Associated Press. March 13, 2006. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  11. ^ Biggane, Brian (December 24, 2009). "Miami Dolphins' Akin Ayodele makes an impact with devotion to charity work". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  12. ^ Tomashoff, Craig (June 10, 1991). "No Tackling Dummy". People. 25 (22). Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  13. ^ Brown, Travis L. (April 28, 2012). "Eleven area players taken in 2012 draft". Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  14. ^ Halliburton, Suzanne (January 25, 2012). "The 2007 Fabulous 55: If we had it to do all over again ..." Austin American Statesman. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  15. ^ "Upchucking Chukwurah Makes Name for Self". The Oklahoman. Associated Press. October 10, 2006. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  16. ^ "Tigers to host Denton; Cards at Woodrow Wilson". Irving Daily News. March 4, 1969. p. 5. Retrieved January 18, 2015 – via
  17. ^ Halley, Jim (March 2, 2012). "Baylor recruit Odyssey Sims to miss All-American game with torn ACL". USA Today. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  18. ^ Cherry, Brian (January 8, 2011). "Freshman's Odyssey continues with Lady Bears". Waco Tribune Herald. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  19. ^ "Andrew Jones - Men's Basketball". University of Texas Athletics. Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  20. ^ Newell, Jesse (December 5, 2014). "For new KU football coach David Beaty, success is all in the details". Topeka Capital Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  21. ^ "Phil Bennett". Baylor Athletics.

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