Richland High School (Texas)

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Richland High School
Address
5201 Holiday Lane

,
76180

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
Information
TypeCo-Educational, Public, Secondary
School districtBirdville Independent School District
SuperintendentDarrell G. Brown [1]
PrincipalMark McCanlies
Teaching staff131.64 (FTE)[2]
Grades9-12
Enrollment2,114 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio16.06[2]
Color(s)[Blue] [Red] [White]
Athletics6A
MascotRoyals
RivalHaltom High School
Feeder schoolsNorth Ridge Middle School & North Richland Middle School
WebsiteRichland High

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.

Background[edit]

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]

Mascot[edit]

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.[8] On July 23, 2020 it was announced that the new Richland mascot is the royals.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birdville ISD Administration". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "RICHLAND H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "Week's Review of Area News". Daily News Texan. September 3, 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. ^ Lopez, Brian (June 19, 2020). "Birdville ISD votes to remove Richland High's Rebel mascot, Confederate imagery". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  9. ^ Valera, Stephanie (January 23, 2012). "Author Spotlight: Kambri Crews". CBS DFW.
  10. ^ "State Sen. Wendy Davis, through the ages". Chron. September 1, 2013.
  11. ^ Lancaster, Craig (August 20, 2014). "Guest editorial: The Confederate flag and the NDO". Last Best News.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Yousuf, Saad (February 11, 2020). "A new era: Behind The Ticket's decision to shake up the lineup and how it came about". The Athletic.

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