R. L. Paschal High School
|R. L. Paschal High School|
|3001 Forest Park Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas, Tarrant County 76110
|Type||Co-Educational, Public, Secondary|
|School district||Fort Worth Independent School District|
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.
- Boys golf state championship - 2006
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.
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. This incident, along with what President Kennedy called the "Paschal Air Force" incident in 1963, and Paschal's infamous Legion Of Doom criminal cult in the mid-1980s, 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..
- Norman Alden - actor
- Charlie Applewhite - singer and radio host
- Captain Alan L. Bean - fourth astronaut to walk on moon, Apollo 12
- Jim Bronstad - MLB pitcher for New York Yankees, Washington Senators
- T Bone Burnett - musician, producer, 5-time Grammy winner and Academy Award winner
- Tim Curry - former DA of Tarrant County
- Price Daniel - Governor of Texas 1957-63 and U.S. Senator
- Aaron Dismuke - voice actor for Funimation, having been on Fruits Basket and Fullmetal Alchemist
- Germán Durán - baseball player for Texas Rangers
- John Howard Griffin - writer of Black Like Me
- Ben Hogan - iconic golfer (attended Paschal but dropped out and did not graduate from high school)
- Dan Jenkins - "father of modern American sportswriting," writer for Sports Illustrated and author of Semi-Tough
- Jeff Newman - MLB All-Star baseball player, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox
- Bill Owens - 1999-2007 Governor of Colorado
- Dan Hewitt Owens - actor
- Corporal Charles Frank Pendleton - U.S. Army, killed in action in Korean War, posthumous recipient of Medal of Honor
- John Peterson - PGA golfer, 2011 NCAA national champion at LSU
- Ginger Rogers - actress and dancer (attended but dropped out and did not graduate)
- Frank Ryan - NFL player, quarterback of 1964 champion Cleveland Browns
- Bud Shrake - sports journalist, author and screenwriter
- Liz Smith - gossip columnist and author
- Charles D. Tandy - founder, Tandy Corporation (now Radio Shack)
- Karen T. Taylor - forensic and portrait artist
- Tommy Thompson - NFL player, quarterback for Philadelphia Eagles
- Von Wafer - professional basketball player
- Arlington Heights High School (Ft. Worth) (Listed by Texas High School Football as the oldest ongoing high school rivalry in Texas history).
- South Hills High School (Fort Worth) Newest Rivalry
- "PASCHAL H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
- Two Dozen Fort Worth ISD Students Named National Merit Semifinalists. FWISD
- Jarvis, Jan (July 1985). "Doomsday". D Magazine. Dallas. ISSN 0161-7826. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
- "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.
- Goldstein, Patrick (May 17, 1986). "Teen Vigilante Films: Armed And Dangerous". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/1985/july/doomsday/ Doomsday "D" Magazine
- 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
- 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
- Dave Campbell's Texas Football 2010. Rivalries...The Old and New, Borrowed and Blue: The Oldest:FW Paschal and FW Arlington Heights
- Texas High School Football, Fall 2008