Breckenridge High School

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Breckenridge High School is a public high school located in the city of Breckenridge, Texas and classified as a 3A school by the UIL.[2] It is a part of the Breckenridge Independent School District located in Stephens County. In 2013, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]

Breckenridge High School
500 W Lindsay St


United States
School typePublic high school
School districtBreckenridge Independent School District
PrincipalBryan Dieterich
Teaching staff36.56 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment426 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio11.65[1]
Color(s)    Green & White
Athletics conferenceUIL Class 3A
MascotBuckaroos/Lady Bucks
WebsiteBreckenridge High School website

Breckenridge High School's mascot is a Buckaroo (a cowboy riding a bucking horse).

In 2014 the University Interscholastic League (UIL) released district realignments for many high schools in Texas. As a result of this realignment, Breckenridge High School went from being a 2A school to 3A.[2]


The Breckenridge Buckaroos compete in the following sports [4]

Cross Country, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Track, Softball, Baseball


No team and community manifested the state's football culture more spectacularly than Breckenridge [...]. Until Gordon Wood's Brownwood Lions eclipsed them in 1960, the Buckaroos were the scourge of West Texas.

— Ty Cashion[5]

Breckenridge's football success goes back to oil boom era in the late 1920s. P. E. Shotwell, who coached the Buckaroos from 1927–34, guided the team to the state finals in 1929, where they tied Port Arthur Jefferson 0–0 in the snowy weather of Waco.[5] Under coach Eck Curtis (1935–44) they made the semifinals in 1942.[6] Despite Breckenridge's declining population as the oil boom faded, the Buckaroos still played some of the largest schools in West Central Texas. With an enrollment of less than 400 students during the 1950s, Breckenridge's football varsity barely comprised 30 players.[5] Yet, during the 1950s the Buckaroos formed a true dynasty under head coaches Cooper Robbins (1945–51), Joe Kerbel (1952–54) and Emory Bellard (1955–59). Breckenridge appeared in five Class 3A State Championship games, winning four times in 1951, 1952, 1954, and 1958 and tying Cleburne for the title in 1959.[7][8] While at Breckenridge, Emory Bellard developed the wishbone formation.[5]

State TitlesEdit

  • Football [9]
    • 1929*, 1951(3A), 1952(3A), 1954(3A), 1958(3A), 1959(3A)*
    • Co-champions*
  • Girls Golf [10]
    • 2000(3A), 2002(3A)
  • Tennis -
    • 1998(3A)
  • Ready Writing -
    • 2002(3A)

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c "BRECKENRIDGE H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "UIL REALIGNMENT: Abilene, Big Country high schools learn teams in their districts". KTXS. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  3. ^ "2013 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15.
  4. ^ The Athletics Department
  5. ^ a b c d Cashion, Ty (1998). Pigskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas High School Football Coaches. Austin: Texas State Historical Association. pp. 166–169. ISBN 0-87611-168-1.
  6. ^ "Bucks Favored Over Maroons". Amarillo Daily News. December 19, 1942. p. 7. Retrieved October 9, 2016 – via  
  7. ^ Dave Campbell's Texas Football, 2008 edition, page 362
  8. ^ Breckenridge's two co-championships in 1929 and 1959 tie it with Cleburne (ironically, its 1959 opponent) for the most co-championships in UIL football; as UIL has adopted NCAA overtime rules, no other school can achieve this distinction.
  9. ^ Lone Star Football Network
  10. ^ UIL Girls Gold Archives Archived May 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "William Harold Collins". Southwestern University.
  12. ^ Trotter, Jake (June 15, 2012). "Undefeated ex-Sooners great Tubbs dies at 77". ESPN. Tubbs never lost a game during his OU career, and only lost three times at Breckenridge (Texas) High School.
  13. ^ Robbins, Darelle (October 21, 2016). "Cooper Robbins Jr". Concussion Legacy Foundation. Archived from the original on April 6, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2021.

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