Richardson High School

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Richardson High School
Scientia Cum Prudentia
1250 West Belt Line Road
Richardson, Texas, Dallas County, 75080
United States
Coordinates 32°57′06″N 96°45′44″W / 32.9516°N 96.76232°W / 32.9516; -96.76232Coordinates: 32°57′06″N 96°45′44″W / 32.9516°N 96.76232°W / 32.9516; -96.76232
Type High school/secondary school
Established 1890 (1963 - current facility)
School district Richardson Independent School District
Grades 912
Color(s) Purple and gold          
Mascot Eagles

Richardson High School (RHS) is a high school in Richardson, Texas, United States with a 2011 enrollment of approximately 2500 and a student/teacher ratio of 14.5.


Richardson High School is the flagship high school of the Richardson Independent School District (RISD).[1] The school has magnet programs in fine arts, culinary arts,[2] theatre, communications,[1] robotics, law, health science and science, and award-winning mock trial and debate teams.[1]

In the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Schools in America, Richardson High School ranked number 711 out of 21,766 public high schools, putting it in the top 3.5% of all public high schools in the United States. RHS was also rated the 65th best in the state of Texas.[3]

In August 2006, Richardson High School was named one of three "best practices" high schools in the state of Texas.[4] The award granted by the National Council of Educational Accountability and the Just 4 Kids Foundation is based upon staff development, staff retention, standardized test scores and support programs for students.

In May 2007, the RISD was awarded the "Excellence in Education Award for Large School District in Texas" by the HEB Foundation.[5] Richardson High School and Richardson West Junior High played instrumental roles in the selection process and hosted the site visit committee in March 2007. In addition to the award, the RISD received a check for $100,000.

The school, which opened shortly after the first public school in the city was burned down by Ross Inman in 1890, began in a two-room building on Old Pike Road, a street that is now part of Greenville Avenue. A rural school with fewer than 100 students up to 1950, the school opened its present facility in 1961. During the period of the late 1950s, RHS shared facilities with Westwood Junior High School on Abrams Road. Bill Passmore was principal during this transition into the new facility on Belt Line Road.

Richardson's sports mascot is the Eagles and the team shares Eagle-Mustang Stadium (capacity 11,000) with J. J. Pearce High School. The school's student news magazine is the Talon.[6]

As of the 2010–2011 school year, the administration at RHS is led by Charles Pickitt,[7] principal; Ramiro Lucio, senior principal; Michael Westfall, assistant principal; Josh Eason, assistant principal; Elise Curry, assistant principal; Sharonda Tims, assistant principal; and Talandra Griffen, assistant principal.

Notable accomplishments[edit]

  • 1985 Men's & Woman's Soccer UIL State Champions
  • 1994 Women's Gymnastics UIL State Champions

Jeremy Delle suicide[edit]

On January 8, 1991, Jeremy Delle, a 15-year-old sophomore, killed himself with a .357 Magnum revolver in front of his second-period English class.[9] Delle was described by schoolmates as "real quiet" and known for "acting sad."[9] After coming in to class late that morning, Delle was told to get an admittance slip from the school office. He left the classroom, and returned with a .357 Magnum revolver. Delle walked to the front of the classroom, announced "Miss, I got what I really went for", put the barrel of the firearm in his mouth, and pulled the trigger before his teacher or classmates could react.[9] Lisa Moore, a schoolmate, knew Jeremy from the in-school suspension program: "He and I would pass notes back and forth and he would talk about life and stuff," she said. "He signed all of his notes, “Write back.” But on Monday he wrote, “Later days.” I didn't know what to make of it. But I never thought this would happen."[9] The incident inspired the Pearl Jam song "Jeremy". The band's lead singer, Eddie Vedder, read a newspaper account of the incident and was moved to write the song almost immediately.[10][11]


Main article: KRET-TV

In 1960 the Richardson Independent School District established KRET, the first TV station in the nation to be owned by a school district.[12] The studio was located at Richardson High from 1963–1970. The studio was previously located at Richardson Junior High School (1960–1963). The station was converted on August 31, 1970, into a closed-circuit network named "TAGER".

Brent Archie incident[edit]

On July 30, 2008, teacher and coach Brent Archie was arrested on charges of having relationships with three female students along with many other improper relationships as well. Archie was a football and wrestling coach, and also taught Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and world history. This was the first incident of its kind in the RISD's history.[13][14]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Gregg Costa – Federal judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Tim Cowlishaw -( Class of 1973) Sportswriter, TV personality . Inducted in RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Catherine Crier -(Class of 1973) Youngest elected judge in Texas history. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Mark Dodd - Soccer player (Dallas Burn, Dallas Sidekicks) Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Brandon Douglas – Actor
  • Jeff Dunham -(Class of 1980) Ventriloquist. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Bill Engvall –(Class of 1975) Comedian, actor. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • David Gordon Green – Film writer-director. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Eddie Jackson - Football player (New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers)
  • Robert Jeffress -(Class of 1974) Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas
  • Jay Johnson (Class of 1967) - Ventriloquist, actor, Tony Award Winner. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Caleb Landry Jones - Actor
  • Gordon Keith - Radio personality, Marconi Award Winner. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Jake McDorman – Actor
  • Carla Overbeck (Class of 1986) – Soccer player and coach (United States women's national soccer team, Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Jeff Paine - (Class of 1979) NFL linebacker, Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Anne Rice – Author, Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • John Maddox Roberts (Class of 1965)- Author, Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Bill Scanlon -(Class of 1974) Professional tennis player. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Barry Watson - Actor
  • Del Ballard Jr - (Class of 1981) Professional Bowler, member of Pro Bowlers Hall of Fame. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Angela (Fick) Braly - (Class of 1979) President and CEO WellsPoint. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Mike Karns (Class of 1982)President and CEO Firebrands Restaurant Group( Snuffers,El Fenix)
  • Kathy Chamberlain (Class of 1975) Founder/Artistic Director Chamberlain Ballet. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Bill Nichols - Journalists-The Dallas Morning News. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame.
  • Jack Furst (Class of 1977) Venture Capitalists, College Professors . Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Jay Lombardo (Class of 1981) Dallas clothier icon. Inducted into RHS Alumni Hall of Fame


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  2. ^ "Richardson culinary students create easy, healthy recipes for kids". January 29, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Education: Richardson High School Overview". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Kristine (August 18, 2006). "Richardson High recognized for its teamwork". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 17, 2012.  (payment required)
  5. ^ Weiss, Jeffrey (September 3, 2011). "How Richardson ISD beat its peers in getting the class of ’09 college-ready". Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Mattiza, F. (October 28, 2009). "Richardson: RHS graduate Anne Rice releases 29th novel". Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Weiss, Jeffrey (March 2, 2011). "Richardson High School's principal gets a nice award". Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982–1983 Through 1999–2002" (PDF). Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d Miller, Bobbi; Nevins, Annette (1991-01-09). "Richardson teen-ager kills himself in front of classmates". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  10. ^ Smith, Helen. "The Scarred Heart" (PDF). Violent  |chapter= ignored (help)
  11. ^ Black, Johnny (September 2002). "The Greatest Songs Ever! Jeremy". Blender. Retrieved February 4, 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Educational TV Rates Top Grade in Classes". The Dallas Morning News. March 31, 1960. section B, p. 6. 
  13. ^ Flemmons, Stephanie (September 25, 2009). "Richardson ISD teacher faces trial for sex crimes". Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "RISD sex scandal 'disturbing and tragic'". August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

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