MacArthur High School (Irving, Texas)

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MacArthur High School
MacArthur High School Cardinals logo
3700 MacArthur Boulevard
Irving, Texas, Dallas County 75062
United States
Type Co-Educational, Public, Secondary
Established 1963
School district Irving Independent School District
Principal Daniel Cummings[1]
Grades 9-12
Color(s)      Red
Mascot Cardinals

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]

In 2015, a Muslim Sudanese-American high school freshman named Ahmed Mohamed was suspended and later arrested for bringing a self-made digital clock to school. One of his teachers at MacArthur thought the clock resembled a bomb and subsequently reported him. The police were brought in and thought that the device might be a bomb hoax.[3][4] Many Twitter users, online commentators and journalists, and Mohamed's family argued that he was profiled based on his name, religion, and/or skin color.[5][6][7][8][9] President Barack Obama wrote a tweet encouraging Mohamed, saying, "We should inspire more kids like you to like science."[8][10]

Academic ratings[edit]

In 2009, the school was rated "Academically Acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[11] In 2010, the school was rated "Academically Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.[12]


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.[13]

Notable people[edit]




  1. ^ "Our Administrators". Retrieved March 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "History of MacArthur High School". Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Selk, Avi (September 15, 2015). "Irving 9th-grader arrested after taking homemade clock to school: 'So you tried to make a bomb?'". Dallas News. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ Hern, Alex (September 16, 2015). "Texas schoolboy handcuffed for bringing homemade clock to school". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ It's not just Ahmed Mohamed: anti-Muslim bigotry in America is out of control Vox.Com by Max Fisher; September 16, 2015
  6. ^ "#IStandWithAhmed Hashtag Protests Arrest of 9th Grader Who Brought Clock to School". Time (magazine). September 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ahmed Mohamed: No charges for boy, 14, arrested over clock". BBC. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Muslim teen Ahmed Mohamed creates clock, shows teachers, gets arrested". CNN. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Sarsour, Linda (16 September 2015). "Ahmed Mohamed is just one example of the bigotry American Muslims face". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Twitter
  11. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25. 
  12. ^ "2010 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2011-11-14. 
  13. ^ Lee, Christine (January 20, 2012). "National Coach of the Year Is From Irving". NBC Dallas Fort Worth. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Cowboys sign OLB Ayodele, their former ball boy". Associated Press. March 13, 2006. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  15. ^ Biggane, Brian (December 24, 2009). "Miami Dolphins' Akin Ayodele makes an impact with devotion to charity work". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  16. ^ Tomashoff, Craig (June 10, 1991). "No Tackling Dummy". People. 25 (22). Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ Brown, Travis L. (April 28, 2012). "Eleven area players taken in 2012 draft". Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ "Upchucking Chukwurah Makes Name for Self". The Oklahoman. Associated Press. October 10, 2006. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Tigers to host Denton; Cards at Woodrow Wilson". Irving Daily News. March 4, 1969. p. 5. Retrieved January 18, 2015 – via 
  21. ^ Halley, Jim (March 2, 2012). "Baylor recruit Odyssey Sims to miss All-American game with torn ACL". USA Today. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  22. ^ Cherry, Brian (January 8, 2011). "Freshman's Odyssey continues with Lady Bears". Waco Tribune Herald. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Adult film star and former Dallas guy Chris Steele bestowed with Hall of Fame honors". Dallas Voice. June 16, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ "Phil Bennett". Baylor Athletics. 

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Coordinates: 32°51′13″N 96°57′32″W / 32.853647°N 96.958806°W / 32.853647; -96.958806