Odessa High School

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Odessa High School
Odessa High School in 2009-(Front showing Auditorium) 2014-04-21 23-06.jpg
1301 N Dotsy
Odessa, TX 79763-3576
United States
Type Public
Established 1909
School district Ector County Independent School District
Principal Mauricio Marquez
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2874[1] (2010)
Campus type AVID Demo. School
Color(s)           Red(Scarlet) and White
Athletics conference UIL Class 6A
Mascot Bronchos
Rival Permian High School

Odessa High School (OHS) is a public high school located in Odessa, Texas (USA) and is one of three high schools in the Ector County Independent School District. The full name of the school is Odessa Senior High School. This name was originally to differentiate it from Odessa Junior High School (now known as David Crockett Junior High School). Normally, the school is commonly referred to as Odessa High or just OHS. In 2011, the school was rated "Academically Acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[2] On April 17, 2014 Odessa High School was named an AVID National Demonstration School, The highest ranking schools in the country are named this title.

The student body of Odessa High School is composed of freshmen (grade 9) through seniors (grade 12). Freshmen are allowed to compete in varsity athletics with upper grades in all sports. However, this mainly happens in such sports as cross country, swimming, golf, gymnastics, tennis, volleyball, softball and baseball. To date, only one Freshmen has competed on the varsity football team.


The Odessa Bronchos compete in the following sports:

Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Powerlifting, Swimming, Soccer, Gymnastics, Golf, Tennis, Track, Softball & Baseball.

State Titles[edit]

  • Baseball [3]
    • 1950(All)
  • Football [4]
    • 1946(2A)
  • Boys Track [5]
    • 1950(2A), 1951(2A), 1952(2A), 1992(5A)

Odessa Blackshear - State Runners-up: Basketball - 1953(PVIL-3A), 1954(PVIL-3A), 1955(PVIL-3A)

AVID Program[edit]

The AVID program at OHS is a college preparation course for students. This program was recognized as a National Demonstration School as of April 17, 2014. The AVID committee decided unanimously on this decision. OHS is now a highly ranked AVID school. AVID has an on campus site team along with the AVID faculty.

  • AVID Coordinator- Rita Woodall
  • AVID Teacher/Asst. Coordinator - Naomi Fuentes
  • AVID Teacher - Tracey Borchardt
  • AVID Teacher - Kerina Joy


The mascot for Odessa High School is the Odessa Bronchos, with all female teams referred to as "Lady Bronchos." This unique spelling of "Broncho" has resulted in Odessa High being the only high school in Texas with this particular mascot.[6] The original mascot for the team was the Yellowjackets and the team colors were purple and gold. In 1929, the student body voted 113-0 to change to the "Bronchos". The Bronchos colors were changed to scarlet and white.


The Odessa High School band has the second longest consecutive streak of first division rating in marching contests in the State of Texas, going back 77 years. Only Plainview High School in Plainview, Texas has a longer streak with 78 consecutive division 1s.[7] The band has also been invited to various music festival and contests across the nation. In March 2007, the band was invited to play their marching season selections "Letters from the Front" at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. In 2004, The Odessa High School Band combined with the band from Permian High School in Odessa to form one of the largest bands ever to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California (over 500 members).[citation needed]

The OHS Band was started in 1932 under the direction of G. Ward Moody. Directors Robert L. Maddox and Bill Dean have been the longest tenured directors of the band with 13 years and 22 years respectively. The Instrumental Music Building at OHS is named in honor of Maddox and the main band hall is named in honor of Dean.

From 1981 through 2006, the band has had at least one member make the Texas All State Band each year. In the 1998-99 school year, eight members were accorded All State honors. Band members also consistently do well at UIL Solo and Ensemble contest.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Texas Tribune
  2. ^ "2011 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2012-06-28. 
  3. ^ UIL Baseball Archives Archived 2013-12-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Lone Star Football Network
  5. ^ UIL Boys Track Archives Archived 2015-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Mascot School List A-B
  7. ^ . Plainview Daily Herald http://www.myplainview.com/articles/2009/10/18/breaking_news/doc4ada824865bf6440230887.txt.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BabbGe20.htm
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2010-06-01.  Ronnie Goodwin stats
  10. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/ShepDe00.htm
  11. ^ "Representative G.E. Buddy West". Texas House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  12. ^ "In Memoriam". Odessa High School — Class of 1967. Archived from the original on February 16, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  13. ^ "Private First Class Alfred M. Wilson, Medal of Honor recipient". Who's who in Marine Corps history. History Division, United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 

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Coordinates: 31°51′6.9″N 102°22′56.7″W / 31.851917°N 102.382417°W / 31.851917; -102.382417