Richland High School (Texas)
|Richland High School|
5201 Holiday Lane
|Type||Co-Educational, Public, Secondary|
|School district||Birdville Independent School District|
|Superintendent||Darrell G. Brown |
|Teaching staff||131.64 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.06|
|Color(s)||[Blue] [Red] [White]|
|Rival||Haltom High School|
|Feeder schools||North Ridge Middle School & North Richland Middle School|
Richland High School opened in 1961 as the second high school in the Birdville Independent School District. 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. 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.
A 2006 bond package funded a nearly-complete demolition of the original school. 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.
In June 2020 the BISD board of trustees voted to remove the Rebel mascot and related Confederate symbols, including the Richland Rebel flag, the Dixie Belles, and Johnny Reb. A petition calling for their removal was signed by over 25,000 people and followed national protests over the killing of George Floyd. On July 23, 2020 it was announced that the new Richland mascot is the royals.
- Kambri Crews (Class of 1989)
- Wendy Davis (Class of 1981), State senator for District 10 in the Texas State Senate
- Craig Lancaster (Class of 1988)
- Gary Morris (Class of 1967)
- Jake Kemp (Class of 2005), Former spare and now Tier One radio host at 1310 The Ticket
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