Grand Prairie High School

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Grand Prairie High School
Location
Grand Prairie, Texas, Dallas County, 75050
United States of America United States
Information
School typePublic
Established1911
PrincipalDr. Demetrus Liggins
Grades9th-12th
Enrollment2,814  (2009–2010[1])
Color(s)Royal Blue and White
MascotGopher
Website
 
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Grand Prairie High School
Location
Grand Prairie, Texas, Dallas County, 75050
United States of America United States
Information
School typePublic
Established1911
PrincipalDr. Demetrus Liggins
Grades9th-12th
Enrollment2,814  (2009–2010[1])
Color(s)Royal Blue and White
MascotGopher
Website

Grand Prairie High School is a public high school in Grand Prairie, Texas, the seventh-largest city in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and 17th-largest in Texas.[2] It is one of two high schools serving the 37-campus Grand Prairie Independent School District, which encompasses the Dallas County portion of Grand Prairie.

In 2010, the school was rated "recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]

Contents

History

1902Grand Prairie Independent School District established
1904Ten formal grades established
1905Two-story building constructed at 214 West College Street
1911First graduating class of four students completes high school program
1924Grand Prairie High School fields its first football team
1954Dalworth School (for African-American students) adds high school program
1956Dalworth High School graduates first class
1966Grand Prairie ISD integrates Dalworth High School into Grand Prairie High School
2002Grand Prairie High School Ninth Grade Center opens

Campus

Grand Prairie High School relocated to its current site[4] at 101 High School Drive in 1951.

Classroom facilities

Following construction of the original building in 1951, the school underwent its first expansion in the late 1970s. However, the classroom facilities in use today are mainly the product of a major expansion and renovation project completed in 1990. The project added a new library, administrative offices, classroom space, cafeteria, and gymnasium (see "Athletic facilities" below), as well as the atrium at the school's entrance.

Due to dramatic growth in the student population, GPHS opened a Ninth Grade Center in 2002 at the southwest corner of the campus. The original building now serves grades 10–12.

Athletic facilities

The Gopher Bowl was constructed in 1956 in the northeast portion of the campus and hosts the school's home football games and soccer matches. Unlike many stadiums with "bowl" in their names, the Gopher Bowl is a true bowl-shaped stadium, situated below ground level. Since 1969, it has also been the site of the home football games of the South Grand Prairie High School Warriors. It was remodeled and expanded in 2003–2004 and re-dedicated as the Gopher-Warrior Bowl, to much dismay from Gopher alumni.

The school's coliseum was completed in 1990. The GPISD Board of Trustees re-dedicated it as the Amos Turner Gymnasium in 1998. Turner was principal of GPHS during the 1975–1976 school year and previously served as both a teacher and coach at GPHS from 1953 until 1968.

Performing arts facilities

The 2000-seat H. H. Chambers Auditorium sits at the southeast corner of the campus and was dedicated in 1963. Chambers served as superintendent of the Grand Prairie Independent School District from 1950 to 1968.

The Leon Breeden Band Hall houses the school's music education program and honors former GPHS band director Leon Breeden. Following his tenure at GPHS, Breeden achieved international recognition as the director of the world-renowned jazz program at the University of North Texas College of Music.[5]

Demographics

Grand Prairie High School had the following demographic profile during the 2009–2010 school year in grades 10–12:[1]

72.7%Latino
14.7%Anglo-American
10.6%African-American
1.6%Asian or Pacific Islander
0.4%Native American

Achievements

UIL Academic State honors

YearClassAwardEvent
19452AChampion[6]Team Debate
19905ARunner-up[7]Calculator Applications
19935AChampion[8]Current Issues and Events
19945AChampion[9]Current Issues and Events
20025ARunner-up[10]Poetry Interpretation
20045AChampion[11]Ready Writing
20045ARunner-up[11]Headline Writing
20045ARunner-up[11]Current Issues and Events Team
20065AChampion[11]Poetry Interpretation
20115AChampion[11]Prose Interpretation

UIL Athletic State honors

YearClassAwardEvent
1929N/AChampion[12]Boys' 220 Yard Low Hurdles
19604AChampion[13]Boys' Pole Vault
19634AChampion[14]Boys' 180 Yard Low Hurdles
19875AChampion[15]Boys' 110m Hurdles
19875AChampion[16]Boys' 100m Dash
19875AChampion[17]Boys' 200m Dash
19955ASemifinalist[18]Baseball
19975AChampion[19]Boys' High Jump
19995ARunner-up[20]Boys' 300m Hurdles
19995ARunner-up[21]Boys' Wrestling, Weight Class 130
19995ARunner-up[21]Boys' Wrestling, Weight Class 215

2013

  state qualifier  boys' wrestling, weight Class 106 vincent meraz 

Speech and Debate honors

YearCompetitionAward
1993National Forensic League National Tournament11th Place, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking[22]
2000National Forensic League National Tournament7th Place, Humorous Interpretation[23]
2009Texas Forensic Association State Tournament6th Place, Duo Interpretation[24]
2011Texas Forensic Association State Tournament5th Place, Sweepstakes[25]
2011Texas Forensic Association State TournamentState Champion, Duo Interpretation[25]
2011Texas Forensic Association State Tournament3rd Place, Duet Acting[25]
2012Texas Forensic Association State TournamentState Champion, Duet Acting[26]
2012Texas Forensic Association State Tournament6th Place, Duet Acting[26]
2012Texas Forensic Association State Tournament8th Place, Duet Acting[26]
2012Texas Forensic Association State Tournament5th Place, Duo Interpretation[26]
2012Texas Forensic Association State Tournament7th Place, Duo Interpretation[26]
2012Texas Forensic Association State Tournament5th Place, Dramatic Interpretation[26]
2012National Forensic League National TournamentNational Champion, Dramatic Interpretation

Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest State honors

YearAwardCategory
1983Outstanding Performer[27]Vocal
1983Outstanding Performer[27]Vocal
1991Outstanding Performer[28]Medium Ensemble
1994Outstanding Performer[29]Medium Ensemble
1995Outstanding Performer[30]Medium Ensemble
2002Outstanding Performer[31]Trumpet

Notable alumni

(includes Grand Prairie High School and Dalworth High School)

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Population, Texas Cities". Texas State Library. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  3. ^ "2010 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  4. ^ http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=32754470&x=-97003420&z=17&l=0&m=a&v=2
  5. ^ "Handbook of Texas Online, University of North Texas College of Music". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  6. ^ "UIL Team Debate State Champions". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  7. ^ "1989–90 State Academic Meet Results – Calculator Applications". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  8. ^ "1992–93 State Academic Meet Results – Current Issues & Events". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  9. ^ "1993–94 State Academic Meet Results – Current Issues & Events". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  10. ^ "2001–02 State Academic Meet Results – Poetry Interpretation". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "State Academic Meet Results Database". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  12. ^ "UIL Boys Track & Field State Champions". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  13. ^ "UIL Boys Track & Field State Champions". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  14. ^ "UIL Boys Track & Field State Champions". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  15. ^ "1987 State Track Meet Results – 100/110 Hurdles". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  16. ^ "1987 State Track Meet Results – 100m". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  17. ^ "1987 State Track Meet Results – 200m". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  18. ^ "1994–95 Baseball Playoff Results". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved September 15, 2007. 
  19. ^ "1997 State Track Meet Results – High Jump". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  20. ^ "1999 State Track Meet Results – 300 Hurdles". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  21. ^ a b "UIL State Wrestling Meet Records". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  22. ^ NFL Rostrum (National Forensic League), 1993-09-01
  23. ^ "NFL Rostrum – September 2000". National Forensic League. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  24. ^ "2009 TFA State Results - Duo Interpretation". Texas Forensic Association. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  25. ^ a b c "2011 TFA State Results". Texas Forensic Association. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  26. ^ a b c d e f "2012 TFA State Results". Texas Forensic Association. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  27. ^ a b "TSSEC Outstanding Performers – Vocal". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  28. ^ "1990–91 TSSEC Outstanding Performers". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  29. ^ "1993–94 TSSEC Outstanding Performers". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  30. ^ "1994–95 TSSEC Outstanding Performers". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  31. ^ "2001–02 TSSEC Outstanding Performers". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  32. ^ "Outstanding Young Texas Exes Current Recipients". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 

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