Martin High School (Arlington, Texas)

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James Martin High School
4501 West Pleasant Ridge Road
Arlington, Texas 76016
United States
Coordinates 32°41′02″N 97°10′48″W / 32.684°N 97.180°W / 32.684; -97.180Coordinates: 32°41′02″N 97°10′48″W / 32.684°N 97.180°W / 32.684; -97.180
Type Public
Established 1982
Principal Marlene Roddy
Teaching staff 195.74 (FTE)
Enrollment 3,361[1] (2014-15)
Student to teacher ratio 16.82
Color(s) Black, red and silver
Nickname Warriors

James Martin High School (Martin) is a secondary school serving grades 9 through 12 in Arlington, Texas, United States. It is part of the Arlington Independent School District. The school's mascot is the Warrior, and its colors are black, red, and silver.


Martin opened in 1982. As a result, the old Bowie High School closed in 1983.[3] Cathy Brown of The Dallas Morning News said that Sam Houston High School and Lamar High School were "relatively unaffected" by the opening of Martin, located in southwest Arlington.[4] Brown explained that the attendance zone of Arlington High School lost many newly constructed houses for affluent people.

After Martin's opening and by 1998, the school consistently won the all-sports award.[4]

The school is named after former Superintendent James W. Martin. The name of the school was deemed controversial by some because it broke the trend of naming new AISD high schools after Texas heroes (the latest high school, Seguin High School, renewed the trend).[citation needed]

In 1997, the school underwent a massive renovation and overhaul, adding two new wings, one doubling the size of the east wing and one surrounding the entire southern and western side of the school, making a new auditorium replacing the old one, adding a newer and current main entrance along with a new office and several computer labs, doubling the size of the library, and a new wing to the northern one adding two new gymnasiums in addition to the two existing ones, along with a larger weight room and locker rooms. The cafeteria was expanded and a second courtyard was made.[citation needed]

It is rated by Texas Education Agency as an exemplary campus. Since the 1997-1998 school year, the school has received an exemplary rating based on data from the TAAS testing and PIEMS report. During the 2002-2003 school year, Martin gained an acceptable rating from the preliminary testing of the TAKS test.


The demographic breakdown of the 3,298 students enrolled in 2013-14 was:

  • Male - 52.1%
  • Female - 47.9%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.5%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 6.8%
  • Black - 13.4%
  • Hispanic - 16.8%
  • White - 59.9%
  • Multiracial - 2.6%

24.9% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Academic extracurriculars[edit]

Martin competes in Academic Decathlon and fills out teams in nearly all of the UIL academic activities.


Martin has strong athletic traditions in volleyball (1996 and 2005 state champions), baseball (1993 state champions), wrestling (2004 state champions) and cheerleading (multiple national championships in the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman divisions).

The Warriors compete in the following sports:[5] Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross country running, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and field, Volleyball, and Wrestling.

Fine arts[edit]

The Department of Fine Arts at Martin High School includes Band, Choir, Orchestra, Theatre, Speech, and Visual Arts departments.

In 2009, the Martin Fine Arts department was the 1st-place winner in the "Grammy in the Schools" nationwide competition, giving them a $10,000 grant to the Music Department, and naming the Martin High School Fine Arts department the #1 fine arts high school in the contest.[6][7]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ "About Us". James Bowie High School. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ "Warrior Sports". James Martin High School. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Grammy in the Schools web site". June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  7. ^ "Grammy in the Schools, 2009 list of schools" (PDF). June 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  8. ^ "Matt Blank Statistics and History -". Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  9. ^ "Arlington Martin alum, fearsome Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett much more than backfield buster". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  10. ^ "Ben Grieve Statistics and History -". Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Nathan Karns Statistics and History -". Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  12. ^ "Pentatonix's road to musical success didn't follow usual drumbeat". Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  13. ^ "Randi Miller named 2008 Women's Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling". Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  14. ^ "Blake Mycoskie Designs Custom TOMS Shoe for Hockaday Girls - D Magazine Frontburner". D Magazine, April 30, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  15. ^ "Chris Odom". Archived from the original on October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  16. ^ "MARTIN PLAYERS ALUMNI IN THE SPOTLIGHT". Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  17. ^ "Gene Watson Peer Quotes from Tim Rushlow". Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  18. ^ "Boone Stutz NFL Draft Profile -". Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  19. ^ "Boone Stutz Statistics and History -". Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  20. ^ "Arlington Martin product Lane Taylor wins Packers left guard job". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Todd Van Poppel Statistics and History -". Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  22. ^ "Emily Warfield's Biography from". Retrieved October 8, 2012.

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