Watson Chapel High School

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Watson Chapel High School
4000 Camden Road
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
United States
Coordinates 34°11′19″N 92°4′2″W / 34.18861°N 92.06722°W / 34.18861; -92.06722Coordinates: 34°11′19″N 92°4′2″W / 34.18861°N 92.06722°W / 34.18861; -92.06722
School type Public
Motto Preparing today's students for tomorrow's opportunities
Founded 1890 (1890)
School board Watson Chapel School District
NCES District ID 0513930[1]
Superintendent Connie Hathorn
CEEB code 042040
NCES School ID 051393001140[2]
Principal John Hayden
Grades 10–12
Enrollment 735 (2009–10[2])
Area Watson Chapel or Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Color(s)      Black
Mascot Wildcat
Nickname Wildcats, Black and Gold, Big Black
Team name Watson Chapel Wildcats
Affiliation Arkansas Activities Association

Watson Chapel High School is a comprehensive public high school in the Watson Chapel School District in Pine Bluff, Arkansas that serves grades 10 through 12. It is one of three public high schools in Pine Bluff and the only high school managed by the Watson Chapel School District. It serves as the main feeder school for Watson Chapel Junior High School.


Watson Chapel is accredited by Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and has been accredited by AdvancED (formerly North Central Association) since 1963.[3]


The assumed course of study is the Smart Core curriculum developed by the Arkansas Department of Education. Students may engage in regular (core and career focus) and may select Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams that provide an opportunity for college credit prior to graduation.

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Watson Chapel Quiz Bowl academic competition teams have won the 2011 and 2012 National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) Arkansas State Championship tournaments that allowed the teams to compete at the national level.[4]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Watson Chapel High School mascot is the wildcat with school colors of black and gold.


For 2012–14, the Watson Chapel Wildcats participate in the 5A South Conference for interscholastic activities administered by the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) including baseball, basketball (boys/girls), cheer, dance, cross country, football, golf (boys/girls), softball, and track and field.[5]

The Wildcats baseball team has made 28 appearances to the state tournament, with 39 tournament wins, 13 semifinals, and seven finals; winning four titles between 1988 and 2000. The boys' basketball team has won three state championships as well.[6]

In 2013, Watson Chapel won the state's Student Angler Federation (SAF) High School Fishing State Championship.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Watson Chapel School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Watson Chapel High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "School Profile, Watson Chapel High School". AdvancED. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "2011 NAQT Arkansas State Championship Team Standings". National Academic Quiz Tournaments. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "School Profile, Watson Chapel High School". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "2012-13 Record Book" (PDF). Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Watson Chapel Uses Familiar Water to Win Arkansas State Championship". Student Angler Federation. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 

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