R. L. Paschal High School

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R. L. Paschal High School
3001 Forest Park Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas, Tarrant County 76110
United States
Type Co-Educational, Public, Secondary
School district Fort Worth Independent School District
Enrollment 2,610 (2014-15)[1]
Mascot Panther
The front entrance to PHS.

R. L. Paschal High School is a secondary school located in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. It is part of the Fort Worth Independent School District and descendant of the city's first secondary school, Fort Worth High School, which opened in 1882. Robert Lee Paschal, an attorney from North Carolina, became principal in 1906. Briefly known as Central High School, it moved to its current location on Forest Park Boulevard in 1955.

Historically it has had a strong academic and sports presence in the city. For example, in 2006-2007, Paschal produced 18 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists, which was not only more than any other high school in the Fort Worth Independent School District, but more than the entire Dallas Independent School District (10). For the 2007–2008 school year, it has 24 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists.[2]

It is the only high school represented by a flag on the moon, planted there by astronaut Alan Bean, Class of 1950, on the Apollo 12 mission (1969).

Paschal High School achieved a degree of notoriety in 1985, when a gang called "Legion of Doom" was active at the school.[3][4][5]


  • Boys golf state championship - 2006[6]

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Paschal: Alice Carlson, George C. Clarke, Lilly B. Clayton, Contreras, Daggett, De Zavala, South Hills, Tanglewood, Westcliff, and Worth Heights.

The following middle schools feed into Paschal: Daggett, McLean, McLean 6th Grade, Rosemont, Rosemont 6th Grade.

Notable incidents[edit]

One famous incident occurred in 1979 when a student stole a bulldozer from a county construction site and rammed it into the Arlington Heights High School Field House the day before the annual Heights-Paschal football game, completely leveling the field house.[7] This incident, along with what President Kennedy called the "Paschal Air Force" incident in 1963,[8] and Paschal's infamous Legion Of Doom criminal cult in the mid-1980s,[9] has made the Heights-Paschal high school football rivalry one of Texas' most legendary ongoing sports rivalries. It is also the oldest high school rivalry in the state of Texas.[10].

Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ "PASCHAL H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Two Dozen Fort Worth ISD Students Named National Merit Semifinalists. FWISD
  3. ^ Jarvis, Jan (July 1985). "Doomsday". D Magazine. Dallas. ISSN 0161-7826. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  4. ^ "American Notes Vigilantes". Time. 1985-06-10. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2008-05-28. Legion members, mostly wealthy youngsters from prominent families, prowled less well-to-do neighborhoods at night, firing shots at one student's home, exploding a pipe bomb on another's car. A fire bomb tossed at a black student's house failed to hurt anyone only because it fell short and ignited in the front yard. 
  5. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (May 17, 1986). "Teen Vigilante Films: Armed And Dangerous". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.uil.utexas.edu/athletics/archives/golf/05_06/5A_results.html
  7. ^ https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/1985/july/doomsday/ Doomsday "D" Magazine
  8. ^ http://www.star-telegram.com/news/special-reports/jfk/article3835890.html 50 years ago, Paschal flew into history, with a high school prank gone wild Fort Worth Star Telegram
  9. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1985-04-20/news/mn-21747_1_fort-worth 'Legion of Doom' Accused of Bombings, Threats : Gang of Top Students Puzzles Fort Worth April 20, 1985|J. MICHAEL KENNEDY | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  10. ^ Dave Campbell's Texas Football 2010. Rivalries...The Old and New, Borrowed and Blue: The Oldest:FW Paschal and FW Arlington Heights
  11. ^ Texas High School Football, Fall 2008

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Coordinates: 32°42′28″N 97°21′03″W / 32.70789°N 97.350761°W / 32.70789; -97.350761