Midway High School

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Midway High School
Midway Red M Blue Trim.jpg
8200 Mars Drive
Waco, Texas 76712-6575
United States
Coordinates 31°29′02″N 97°11′57″W / 31.484008°N 97.199053°W / 31.484008; -97.199053Coordinates: 31°29′02″N 97°11′57″W / 31.484008°N 97.199053°W / 31.484008; -97.199053
School type Public high school
School district Midway ISD
Principal Mrs. Alison Smith
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,282[1] (2014-15)
Athletics conference UIL Class 6A
Mascot Panther

Midway High School is a public high school located in the city of Waco, Texas, USA and classified as a 6A school by the UIL. It is part of the Midway Independent School District, which serves the Waco, Texas area. Although the school is located in southwestern Waco, most students live in the suburbs of Woodway and Hewitt. The school was formerly located in Hewitt until the fall of 2002, when the current high school was built a half-mile away. The previous building is now Midway Middle School. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]


The ethnic breakdown of Midway ISD is approximately 64.8% White, 17.1% Hispanic, 11.6% African-American, 4.3% Asian, 1.0% Native American, 0.1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and 1.1% two or more ethnicities.


The Midway Panthers and Pantherettes compete in these sports: [3]


Midway and its late superintendent, M.T. Rice, were known as pioneers in the development of Texas girls' basketball. The M.T. Rice Holiday Tournament, which features boys and girls teams from across the state, is one of the oldest and largest basketball tournaments in the state.

State Titles[edit]

  • Baseball - [4]
    • 2003(4A)
  • Girls Basketball - [5]
    • 1955(B), 1969(2A), 1973(2A), 1975(3A), 1976(3A), 1994(4A), 2009(4A)
  • Girls Cross Country - [6]
    • 1982 (4A)
  • Boys Soccer - [7]
    • 2002(4A)
  • Softball - [8]
    • 1998(4A), 2010(4A)
  • Tennis
    • Girls Singles - 2011 (4A)
    • Boys Doubles - 1982(4A), 1987(4A) [9]
    • Boys Singles - 1992(4A) [9]
    • Mixed Doubles - 2010(4A)
  • Girls Track - [10]
    • 1975(3A)
  • Volleyball - [11]
    • 2007(4A)

Notable programs[edit]

Midway added a robotics program in 2010 and an astronomy club in 2011, which has received attention for its portable, inflatable planetarium.[citation needed] Although traditional FFA and agriculture studies programs are not new to Midway, the growing interest led to a renovated ag barn in 2012.

Midway's speech and debate teams were nationally competitive throughout the 1980s-90s, consistently qualifying students for the National Forensic League tournament. Midway has won state championships in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (1995), policy debate (1993, 1995, 1996, 2000), informative speaking (1993), and persuasive speaking (1964, 1965, and 1993).

The Midway orchestra program received international recognition when it was invited to perform at the 2012 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Ill., for an audience of over 200 music educators. In 2012, the program was named a national finalist for the American Prize in Orchestra Performance, placing second. The orchestra program consistently produces UIL all-state musicians.

Lone Star Cup[edit]

In 2012, Midway ranked in the top 10 of UIL's Lone Star Cup Class 4A rankings for the fifth year in a row, before moving to 5A in the 2012-13 school year.[12] The Texas Lone Star Cup is awarded based on a school district’s combined academic and athletic achievements.

In addition to strong athletics and academics, Midway was named "One of the Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation four straight years.[13]

Midway High on television[edit]

Midway was the setting of the 2006 teen drama reality series Texas Cheer Moms on The Learning Channel.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "MIDWAY H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-10. 
  3. ^ The Athletics Department
  4. ^ UIL Baseball Archives Archived 2013-12-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ UIL Girls Basketball Archives
  6. ^ UIL Girls Cross Country Archives Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ UIL Boys Soccer Archives Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ UIL Softball Archives Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ a b UIL Boys Tennis Archives
  10. ^ UIL Girls Track Archives Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ UIL Volleyball Archives Archived 2015-12-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ 2010-11 Lone Star Cup Winners
  13. ^ NAMM Foundation Best Communities for Music Education Archived 2012-06-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/texas-cheer-moms-sneak-peek.html
  15. ^ "Brian Barkley Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Zach Duke Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Casey Fossum Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  18. ^ "'She's the only person I hear': LSU's Kramer Robertson, Kim Mulkey spend Mother's Day the only way they know how | LSU". theadvocate.com. May 7, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 

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