Abilene High School (Texas)

Abilene High School is a public high school located in Abilene, Texas. AHS is classified as a Division 5A school and is part of the Abilene Independent School District. Abilene High School is the name given to three different schools in the past 150 years. The first Abilene High was an old warehouse. Not long after that, the school was moved to what was the former Lincoln Middle School. In 1955, Abilene High was moved to its current location at N 6th and Mockingbird.[2] Its main rival in sports is Cooper High School. The Abilene High Marching Band is accepted to be the oldest marching band in Texas. In 2011, the school was rated "Academically Acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]

Abilene High School
Abilene June 2019 87 (Abilene High School).jpg
2800 N 6th St


United States
School typePublic high school
Motto"Enter to learn, go forth to serve."
School districtAbilene Independent School District
PrincipalEmme Siburt
Staff139.60 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,141 (2020–21)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15.34[1]
Color(s)    Black & Gold
Athletics conferenceUIL Class 6A
WebsiteAbilene High School


Coached by P. E. Shotwell, for whom Shotwell Stadium is named, Abilene High won its first state championship in 1923. Coach Dewey Mayhew guided the Eagles to their second state title in 1928, and a third one in 1931. Under Chuck Moser, Abilene won three consecutive state titles (1954–56).[4] In 2009, the Eagles had an undefeated season and won the Division II State Finals, giving the Abilene Eagles their seventh state championship and first in 53 years.

State titlesEdit

  • Baseball – [5]
    • 1956(All), 1957(4A)
  • Football – [6]
    • 1923(All), 1928(1A), 1931(1A), 1954(4A), 1955(4A), 1956(4A), 2009(5A/D2)
  • Team Tennis – [7]
    • 1991(5A), 1999(5A)
  • Boys Track – [8]
    • 1925(All) 1954(2A), 1959(4A), 1960(4A), 1961(4A), 1976(4A),
  • One Act Play – [9]
    • 1930(All), 1943(All), 1946(All), 1949(2A), 1950(2A), 1964(4A), 1972(2A)

State finalistsEdit

  • Baseball –
    • 1950(All), 1955(All)
  • Boys Basketball -
    • 1938(All), 1941(All)
  • Football –
    • 1922(All), 1927(1A)

Fine artsEdit

Pure GoldEdit

Pure Gold is a by audition only, select choir made up of mostly juniors and seniors (but occasionally some sophomores).

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "ABILENE H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  2. ^ "Education in Abilene: A Timeline". Abilene Scene. 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2022-12-13.
  3. ^ "2011 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2012-06-28.
  4. ^ West, Gary (2007-09-12). "West Texas storm: Long before Southlake Carroll, another dynasty blew through the state. Abilene won 49 consecutive games in the 1950s". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  5. ^ UIL Centennial webpage Archived 2013-12-10 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Lone Star Football Network
  7. ^ UIL Centennial Webpage Archived October 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ UIL Centennial Webpage Archived 2015-10-17 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ UIL Centennial Webpage Archived June 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Not Guilty" (PDF). cowboysforchrist.net. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "Thoughts on A.C. Green". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
  12. ^ Hofeditz, Jordan. "Three-time World Series champ Lackey's journey comes full circle with call to the Hall". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved 2021-03-29.

Further readingEdit

  • Pickett, Al (2004). Team Of The Century: The Greatest High School Football Team In Texas. Abilene: State House Press. ISBN 1-880510-87-1.

Coordinates: 32°27′22″N 99°45′21″W / 32.45611°N 99.75583°W / 32.45611; -99.75583