McKinney High School

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McKinney High School
1400 W Wilson Creek Pkwy.
McKinney, Texas, 75069
Type Public High School
Motto Tradition of Excellence
Established 1961
School district McKinney Independent School District
Principal Gordon Butler
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2468
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)           Blue & Gold
Athletics conference UIL Class 10-5A
Mascot Lions

McKinney High School (MHS) is located at 1400 Wilson Creek Parkway in McKinney, Texas, and is within the McKinney Independent School District. MHS is the oldest high school in McKinney and the current building opened in 1986, after moving from what is now Faubion Middle School.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) rated McKinney High School as Academically Acceptable following the 2010-11 school year. The school has shown improvement from its recent[when?] Academically Unacceptable rating.


McKinney High School holds classes from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Students attend seven class periods each lasting approximately fifty minutes and one thirty-minute on-campus lunch period every day. McKinney High currently offers courses in American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish to fulfill the state's world language requirement for graduation. Advanced Placement, Pre-AP, and College Preparatory courses are all offered at McKinney High School, current AP offerings include Art History, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A and AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, German Language, Human Geography, Latin Literature, Macroeconomics, Music Theory, Physics C – Mechanics and Electricity/Magnetism, Psychology, Statistics, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Studio Art – 2D, 3D, and Drawing, US Government and Politics, US History, and World History. Students may complete course work for English IV, US Government, and Macroeconomics at Collin College to earn dual-credit (high school and college) or one of many technology courses offered on the high school campus to earn a Tech Prep college credit from Collin College. McKinney High School offers courses called Ready, Set, Teach (I&II) which prepare students to become teachers. Additionally, MHS students may complete course work at McKinney High School and other McKinney ISD high school campuses to prepare them to pass the certification/licensing exam in order to become a cosmetologist, Certified Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Technician, Cisco Certified Networking Associate, and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education certified jailer.

Co-curricular Activities[edit]

Royal Pride Band The McKinney High School "Royal Pride" Band is the largest organization at McKinney High School. The "Royal Pride" is under the direction of Ken Ringel and Aaron Renzenbrink.

FFA McKinney High School's chapter of the National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) is an organization with current Ag teachers Mr. Lacy and Mr. Lemons. The 2007 livestock judging and floriculture CDE team competed at the state level at Texas A&M University. Out of over 8 different teams competing for the state finals in CDE's and LDE's Mr. Lacy and Mr. Lemons have advanced one to state.[1]

McKinney High School Theatre McKinney High School Theatre, also known as McKinney Golden Mane Theatre, is a theatre arts program that provides high school level training and experience to students in both acting and technical theatre. Currently theatre courses include Theatre I-IV, Tech Theatre I-IV, Varsity Theatre (Performance), Varsity Technical Theatre, Theatre Directing, and Musical Theatre. The department puts on an average of five productions per year including two full-length plays in the fall, a UIL One Act Play Competition piece, and two musical productions. McKinney High School Theatre sponsors International Thespian Society Troupe 3604 which participates in the annual Texas Thespians Festival and the International Thespian Festival. In 2007, MHS Theatre combined with McKinney North High School and McKinney Boyd High School theatre departments to put on Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Texas Thespians Festival. The current Theatre Director is Benjamin Stevens and Technical Director is Jessica Lawrence. In 2012, the McKinney Golden Mane Theatre received the honors of competing in the Dallas Summer Musical and won awards for the best musical, direction, and choreography.

McKinney High School Choirs The McKinney High School Choral Music Department is a high school choir program that currently consists of a women's choir called Bel Canto (meaning "beautiful song" in Italian), an advanced women's choir called the Chamber Singers, a Men's Choir, a varsity mixed Concert Choir, a 12-member varsity mixed vocal jazz ensemble called Harmony, and a musical theatre class as a joint course with Theatre and Dance. MHS Choirs participate in the All-Region Choir auditions, solo and ensemble contest, and the UIL Singing and Sight Reading Contest. Notable annual performances include a fall concert, the Madrigal Dinner: Feast of Carols (a holiday dinner theatre/concert set in England, 1375), participation in the MHS all fine arts musical, the Masterworks concert (a presentation of a major choral work performed by the MHS Concert Choir, the top varsity choirs of McKinney North High School and McKinney Boyd High School, and the McKinney ISD Orchestra) and a spring concert called the "Porch Concert" that is performed on the front porch of the school. Choirs are currently under the direction of directors Cindy Johnston and Jared Critchfield.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Bowling Club The McKinney High School Bowling Club is a part of the Texas High School Bowling Association and features Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, and JV Boys teams. The teams have qualified to compete in regional and state level tournaments in the recent years. The team practices at Allen Bowl in Allen, TX.

Philosophy Club The McKinney High School Philosophy Club was founded in 2008 and prides itself on its articulate study of many philosophers dating back to the early 16th century. The discussions held pertain to specific topics requiring justified textual evidence the majority of the time.

Criminal Justice Club The McKinney High School Criminal Justice club, founded in 2009, is devoted to teaching students about the different careers they may choose in the Criminal Justice field. Students are trained in various aspects that include, but are not limited to building searches, felony traffic stops, prepared opening statements, etc. This club provides in depth and hands-on information that prepares students for futures in the Criminal Justice field. A major part of the club is competing in the annual Texas Public Service Association's Criminal Justice Competition.

Key Club The Key Club of McKinney High School, re-established at MHS in 2014, is a student-led organization working under the guidance of the Kiwanis of McKinney. It is part of TO-Key Club's Division 2 North, Region 8. Students. Key Club itself is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. Membership requires 30 hours of service from each member per school year. Although community service and volunteering is a major aspect of Key Club, leadership and teamwork is emphasized. Members not only become involved in local service, but also connect with Key Clubs all over Texas and Oklahoma, the country, and the world to work towards common goals. Scholarships, conventions, and conferences are some of the things members also have an opportunity to get involved in.

Sauce Club The Sauce Club of McKinney High School, founded in 2014, is aimed at nurturing interests students may have about pursuing a career in the culinary arts. Individuals are encouraged to bring food they have created where it will be critiqued by fellow club members for improvement. Certain days are dedicated to the making of a certain type of cuisine while others are focused on the studying of how food is viewed in various global cultures and what role food plays in modern-day society.

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