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||132.03 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.34|
|School color(s)||Blue, Gray, & Red|
|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 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.
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.
- 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)
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