Poteet High School (Mesquite, Texas)

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Poteet High School
Logo of Poteet High School.webp
Logo of Poteet High School
3300 Poteet Dr.
Mesquite, Texas, 75150
TypeFree public
Motto"Respect, Honor, Pride."
School districtMesquite Independent School District
PrincipalTaylor Morris
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment1,791 (2016-17)[1]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Green and White          

Coordinates: 32°48′27″N 96°36′33″W / 32.8076°N 96.6092°W / 32.8076; -96.6092 Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School is located at 3300 Poteet Drive in Mesquite, in the U.S. state of Texas. It opened in 1986 and is named for a former school superintendent, Dr. Ralph H. Poteet.[2] It is the fourth high school built by the Mesquite Independent School District.

Poteet serves grades 9 through 12. Poteet serves northern portions of Mesquite; the school formerly served parts of Sunnyvale. The school mascot is Patch the Pirate.

One of the things Poteet High School is known for is its band program. The Poteet Pirate Band has consistently made state finals since 1993, won the AAAA UIL State Marching Band title in 1997, 2005, and 2007, and has mostly recently placed 5th at AAAAA UIL State Marching in 2017. The Poteet Honors Band received the title of 2008 TMEA Class 4A Honor Band, the highest honor a concert band can receive in the state of Texas. The band has also received the UIL Sweepstakes Award for 22 consecutive years (every year since the school opened). The Poteet Percussion Ensemble was selected as a showcase performance in Austin at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in November 2008. Also, in 2009, the band received the Sudler Flag of Honor, an award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The band also participated in its 1st BOA competition with BOA DFW in 2018.

Poteet was named a 1999-2000 National Blue Ribbon School.[3]

Standardized dress[edit]

Mesquite ISD decided to adopt standardized dress (similar to a school uniform) for middle and high school students starting with the 2005 to 2006 school year.

Feeder patterns[edit]

Elementary schools that feed into Poteet include [1]:

  • Austin
  • Beasley
  • Cannaday
  • Kimball
  • Porter
  • Price

Kimbrough Middle School feeds into Poteet.

AcDec Achievements[edit]

Poteet High School has a very notable AcDec team, that has advanced to state finals several times.

  • The 1997 Poteet AcDec Team advanced to the State Finals in San Antonio, Texas.
  • The 2007 Poteet AcDec Team advanced to the State Finals in San Antonio, Texas. They were 16th out of 25 schools. Pegasus News Coverage
  • The 2015-2016 Poteet AcDec Team advanced to the State Finals.
  • The 2016-2017 Poteet AcDec Team advanced to the State Finals in El Paso, TX.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "POTEET H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Avi Selk, "Ralph H. Poteet, Mesquite education icon, dies at 86", Dallas Morning News, September 24, 2012.
  3. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  4. ^ Kent Miller, "Skye High", ionmesquite.com, December 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Arizona State's mercurial Todd Graham, a former Allen coach, has found it hard to settle down", Dallas Morning News, March 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Travis Brown, "Poteet-ex Jennings had hand in state title run", ESPN.com, June 29, 2011.
  7. ^ Deborah Fleck, "Mesquite mom of 'Glee' choreographer to dance in upcoming episode", Dallas Morning News, November 23, 2010.

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