Richardson High School

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Richardson High School
1250 West Belt Line Road
Richardson, Dallas County, Texas 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
Motto Scientia Cum Prudentia
Established 1890 (1963 - current facility)
School district Richardson Independent School District
Principal Chris Choat
Grades 912
Enrollment 2,727
Color(s) Purple and gold          
Mascot Eagles
Nickname RHS
Publication The Talon
Feeder schools

Westwood Junior High School

Richardson West Junior High School
Magnet Programs Law, culinary arts, visual arts, theater, tech theater, communications, robotics, science, and computer science

Richardson High School (RHS) is a magnet high school in Richardson, Texas, United States with approximately 2,727 students and a student/teacher ratio of 14.5 in the 2016-2017 school year. It is the oldest high school in the Richardson Independent School District (RISD).


Richardson High School is the flagship high school of the Richardson Independent School District (RISD).[1] The school has many magnet programs such as, culinary arts,[2] theater, visual arts, tech theater, communications,[1] robotics, law, science, and computer science. The school also has award-winning mock trial, debate, and computer science teams.[1]

In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Richardson High School was one of the few hundred schools in the state of Texas, and the only high school in RISD to earn all 7 distinctions in the STAAR state assessment.[3]

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.[4]

In August 2006, Richardson High School was named one of three "best practices" high schools in the state of Texas.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

As of the 2010–2011 school year, the administration at RHS is led by Charles Pickitt,[8] 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]

Suicide of Jeremy Delle[edit]

On January 8, 1991, Jeremy Delle, a 15-year-old sophomore, killed himself with a Smith & Wesson Model 19-4 .357 Magnum revolver in front of his second-period English class.[10] Delle was described by schoolmates as "real quiet" and known for "acting sad".[10] After coming into class late that morning, Delle was told to get an admittance slip from the school office. He left the classroom and returned with a 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.[10] 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 [January 7] he wrote, "Later days." I didn't know what to make of it. But I never thought this would happen."[10] 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.[11][12]


In 1960 the Richardson Independent School District established KRET, the first TV station in the nation to be owned by a school district.[13] 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".

Among the first TV teachers on KRET were Frances Hough and Mary Esther Bynum.

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.[14][15]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Evan Bernstein (born 1960) - Israeli Olympic wrestler
  • Gregg Costa – judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Tim Cowlishaw - (Class of 1973) sportswriter, TV personality. RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Karin Crider McCay - ( Class of 1973) Emmy Award winner news anchor and journalist, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Catherine Crier - (Class of 1973) youngest elected judge in Texas history. RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Mark Dodd - soccer player (Dallas Burn, Dallas Sidekicks) RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Jon Flaming- ( Class of 1981)- artist, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Angela Fick Braly- ( Class of 1979) Forbes List of 10 Most Powerful Women of the Planet, BOD Exxon-Mobil, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Steve Brown ( Class of 1977) Restaurants Esparza's, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Judy Walgren- ( Class of 1981) Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Mike Karns ( Class of 1982) Owner and CEO Firebrand Restaurant Group ( Snuffer's and El Fenix)
  • Jeff Dunham - (Class of 1980) ventriloquist. RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Jody Lodovic- ( Class of 1979) President of Media News Group, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Gary Leva- ( Class of 1975) Award-winning Documentary Film maker, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Richard W Mills -(Class of 1970)- Brigadier General
  • Jeffrey Liles- ( Class of 19xx) Artistic Director Kessler Theatre, Grammy Award nominated artist
  • Stewart Owens -( Class of 1976) President and CEO Owens Country Sausage, Bob Evans Farms
  • Bill Engvall – (Class of 1975) comedian, actor. RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Kathy Chamberlain- ( Class of 1975) Artistic Director- Chamberlain Ballet, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Jack Furst- ( Class of 1976) Director Boy Scouts of America, part owner- Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Mitch Roberts ( Class of 1981) Emmy Award-winning Sportscaster, ESPN
  • Lee Daniel - ( Class of 19xx) Movie Producer, Photographer, Dazed and Confused
  • Michael Mulvey- ( Class of 1981) Pulitzer Prize winning Photographer, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • John Lodwick - ( Class of 1972) Marathoner, White Rock Marathon Winner, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • David Gordon Green -(Class of 1993) Movie Producer and writer, Pineapple Express
  • Jay Lombardo ( Class of 1981) Lombardo Custom Apparel, Dallas Clothing Icon, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Norma Knobel Hunt ( Class of 1957) Matriarch of U.S. Soccer, Bidwell Creek Vineyards
  • Del Ballard ( Class of 1981) Member of Pro Bowlers Hall of Fame, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Robert Jeffress - (Class of 1974) pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas
  • Jay Johnson (Class of 1967) - ventriloquist, actor, Tony Award Winner. RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Mitchell Glieber(Class of 1985) President of The State Fair of Texas
  • Gordon Keith - radio personality, Marconi Award Winner. RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • C. Alan Hopewell ( Class of 1967) Clinical Neuropsycholist, Bronze Star Winner-Operation IraqiFreedom
  • Carla Overbeck (Class of 1986) – soccer player and coach (United States women's national soccer team, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Jeff Paine - (Class of 1979) NFL linebacker, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Anne Rice – ( Class of 1959)author, RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • John Maddox Roberts (Class of 1965) - author, Green Beret RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Bill Scanlon - (Class of 1974) professional tennis player. RHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Barry Watson (Class of 1992) actor, best known for his role as Matt on 7th Heaven. Cancer survivor
  • Stephanie "Hookie" Trotter (Class of 1981) Emmy Nominated & Associated Press winning Journalist, WYFF-TV/NBC/CNN


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  2. ^ "Richardson culinary students create easy, healthy recipes for kids". January 29, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "More than 400 campuses earn all possible distinctions in 2017 accountability ratings". Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Education: Richardson High School Overview". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Kristine (August 18, 2006). "Richardson High recognized for its teamwork". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 17, 2012.  (payment required)
  6. ^ Weiss, Jeffrey (September 3, 2011). "How Richardson ISD beat its peers in getting the class of '09 college-ready". Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Mattiza, F. (October 28, 2009). "Richardson: RHS graduate Anne Rice releases 29th novel". Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ Weiss, Jeffrey (March 2, 2011). "Richardson High School's principal gets a nice award". Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982–1983 Through 1999–2002" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
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  11. ^ Smith, Helen. "The Scarred Heart" (PDF). Violent  |chapter= ignored (help)
  12. ^ Black, Johnny (September 2002). "The Greatest Songs Ever! Jeremy". Blender. Archived from the original on December 29, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Educational TV Rates Top Grade in Classes". The Dallas Morning News. March 31, 1960. section B, p. 6. 
  14. ^ Flemmons, Stephanie (September 25, 2009). "Richardson ISD teacher faces trial for sex crimes". Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  15. ^ "RISD sex scandal 'disturbing and tragic'". August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

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