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
Color(s) Purple and white,         
Mascot Panthers
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.[1]

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.[2][3][4]



  • Named North Texas Champions in 1918
  • District Champions 1953
  • District Champions 1955
  • Bi-District Champions 1956
  • State Semifinals 1960
  • District Champions 1960
  • Quarter Final Champions 1961
  • District Champions 1962
  • Freshman (A-Team) 11-1 Season 2014
  • Freshman (B-Team) 10-2 Season 2014

Boys Track and Field[edit]

  • Regional Champions 1968

Boys Golf[edit]

. Texas State Champions 1961

  • Texas State Champions 1970
  • Texas 5A State Champions 2006[5]
  • Texas 5A State Runner-up 2007[6]

Boys Basketball[edit]

  • Texas State Champions 1945[7]
  • Texas State Champions 1949


  • Texas State Champions 1950
  • Playoffs 2007
  • Playoffs 2015-2016 Season
    1. 12 Retired


  • Wilkerson Cup Winner 2005
  • Wilkerson Cup Winner 2006
  • Wilkerson Cup Winner 2007
  • Wilkerson Cup Winner 2008
  • Wilkerson Cup Winner 2009
  • Wilkerson Cup Winner 2010
  • Wilkerson Cup Winner 2011
  • Western Hills Cowtown Shootout winner 2012


The Purple Panthers
Currently has two NCA All American mascots; Rascal and Rowdy

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 Paschal High School student (and son of a County Commissioner) stole a bulldozer from a County construction site, drove it up Hulen Street 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.[8] This incident resulted in criminal convictions and a nationwide reassessment of safety and security measures, as well as beginning a national discussion about youth violence and vandalism on many national television and radio programs. This incident, along with what President Kennedy called the "Paschal Air Force" incident in 1963,[9] and Paschal's infamous Legion Of Doom criminal cult in the mid-1980s,[10] has made the Heights-Paschal high school football rivalry one of Texas' most legendary ongoing sports rivalries.

Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ Two Dozen Fort Worth ISD Students Named National Merit Semifinalists. FWISD
  2. ^ Jarvis, Jan (July 1985). "Doomsday". D Magazine. Dallas. ISSN 0161-7826. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (May 17, 1986). "Teen Vigilante Films: Armed And Dangerous". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.uil.utexas.edu/athletics/archives/golf/05_06/5A_results.html
  6. ^ http://www.uil.utexas.edu/athletics/archives/golf/06_07/5A_results.html
  7. ^ http://schools.fortworthisd.net/paschal/Pages/OurHistory.aspx
  8. ^ https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/1985/july/doomsday/ Doomsday "D" Magazine
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ Texas High School Football, Fall 2008

External links[edit]

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