Richland High School (Texas)

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Richland High School
5201 Holiday Lane


United States
Coordinates32°50′30″N 97°13′40″W / 32.841573°N 97.227897°W / 32.841573; -97.227897Coordinates: 32°50′30″N 97°13′40″W / 32.841573°N 97.227897°W / 32.841573; -97.227897
TypeCo-Educational, Public, Secondary
School districtBirdville Independent School District
SuperintendentDarrell G. Brown [1]
PrincipalMark McCanolous
Teaching staff132.03 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment2,158 (2017-18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio16.34[2]
School color(s)Blue, Gray, & Red
RivalHaltom High School
Feeder schoolsNorth Ridge Middle School & North Richland Middle School

Richland High School is a secondary school located in North Richland Hills, Texas. The school includes grades 9 through 12, and is part of the Birdville Independent School District.


Richland High School opened in 1961 as the second high school in the Birdville Independent School District.[3] The school colors and emblem of blue and gray, the Confederate flag and mascot of the Rebels was chosen by students and approved by the Birdville School Board.[4] The school was expanded over time to meet the needs of the community, including a major expansion in the late 1980s that added a new main entrance, classroom wing, cafeteria, and administration offices[citation needed].

A 2006 bond package funded a nearly-complete demolition of the original school.[5] Only the original auditorium, the band hall, and a wing added in the late 1980s (including the library and cafeteria) were retained, while the rest of the structure was demolished and replaced with student parking. A brand-new facility was built in the old student parking area, connected to the remnants of the original structure. The new school opened for the 2009-2010 school year.[6]

During the 2008-2009 school year, Richland High School introduced its first Advancement Via Individual Determination class. The program graduated its first group of seniors in May 2012.[7]

In 2011, the Richland High School Marching Band merged with the Birdville High School Marching Band and the Haltom High School Marching Band to become the All-Birdville ISD Marching Band; they were one of 13 marching bands to take part in the annual Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California.[8]

School shooting[edit]

On Friday, September 28, 1984, Barry Wayne Shaw, a 1981 Richland graduate, burst into the school foyer armed with two semi-automatic rifles and one pistol. He fired 30 rounds in the foyer. One student was struck with bullet fragments which resulted in a minor injury. Shaw later surrendered to the school principal, and evidence gathered during the investigation tied him to a murder committed a week earlier.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Birdville ISD Administration". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "RICHLAND H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "Week's Review of Area News". Daily News Texan. 3 September 1961.
  4. ^ "It's Haltom High--Birdville Changes". The Daily News-Texan. 9 April 1961.
  5. ^ "Voters Approve Bonds on November 7, 2006". Birdville ISD. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Richland High School". Adolphson & Peterson Construction. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "RHS AVID Website". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Rose Parade lets All-Birdville band show off sound and size". star-telegram. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "North Texan is charged in 2 shootings". Austin American-Statesman. October 1, 1984. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Valera, Stephanie (January 23, 2012). "Author Spotlight: Kambri Crews". CBS DFW.
  11. ^ "State Sen. Wendy Davis, through the ages". Chron. September 1, 2013.
  12. ^ Lancaster, Craig (August 20, 2014). "Guest editorial: The Confederate flag and the NDO". Last Best News.
  13. ^ Roberts, Garner (December 4, 2010). "With pleasure, Morris dusts off his greatest hits in return to Abilene". Abilene Reporter-News. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015.

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