Caprock High School

Coordinates: 35°10′47″N 101°48′09″W / 35.1796°N 101.8025°W / 35.1796; -101.8025

Caprock High School
3001 SE 34th Street


United States
School typePublic high school
School districtAmarillo Independent School District
PrincipalChad Huseman
Enrollment2150 (2020)
Color(s)          Orange & White
Athletics conferenceUIL Class AAAAA
YearbookLa Saga

Caprock High School is located in Amarillo, Texas in Potter, County, which is part of the Texas Panhandle. Caprock is one of four high schools in the Amarillo Independent School District and classified as a 5A school by the UIL. Caprock was built in 1964 and celebrated its 50th graduating class in 2014. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[1]


The Caprock Longhorns compete in cross country, volleyball, football, wrestling, basketball, swimming, soccer, golf, tennis, track, softball, baseball, choir, and band.[2]


In 2010, Caprock ended a 35-year playoff drought, dating back to 1975 with an 8-2 overall record, going 5–2 in district, recording their first shutout in a decade over rival Palo Duro High School, and winning a district title (Shared with Hereford High School and Randall High School). This resulted in a first round matchup with Rider High School, which resulted in a 35-14 loss. This season marked a quick turnaround from a football program that had a 29-game losing streak spanning nearly three entire seasons earlier in the decade. The success came after Caprock hired Seth Parr (son of then Palo Duro coach Steve Parr) in 2007, who implemented an air raid offence in the footsteps of Mike Leach. This markedly improved the offensive production of the Longhorns' offense from 2007 to 2013. In 2014, Coach Parr left Caprock for Coronado High School, and Caprock promoted Defensive Coordinator Dan Sherwood to Head Coach. In seven seasons at Caprock, Parr went 35-37 with no playoff wins.

After a string of playoff appearances in 2011 (L 43-21 to Ryan High School), 2015 (L 45-43 to Cooper High School), 2016 (L 41-40 to Coronado High School and former coach Seth Parr), Caprock ended a 43-year playoff win drought in a 42-17 win over Eastlake High School (The 1975 playoff win over Lubbock High School was vacated soon after the game was played). The following week, the Longhorns would fall to a high octane Grapevine High School 47-28. This capped off a historic season for Caprock, winning 8 games en route to the second district title (shared with Coronado High School) in 8 years. At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Coach Sherwood has a record of 23-31 with one playoff victory.

Girls' wrestlingEdit

Caprock girls' wrestling team has won nine consecutive UIL state championships. They have also won a national championship two years in a row. Lisa Martinez, a 2008 Caprock senior, went to an international competition in Australia in the summer of 2007 and received first place.

State titlesEdit

2000 (All), 2004 (All), 2005 (All), 2006 (All), 2007 (All), 2008 (All), 2009 (All), 2010 (All), 2011(All), 2012(All)[3]

Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)Edit

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Caprock has a greatly improved TAKS record. It has a met the required passing rate. The best portion of the TAKS test that Caprock does well on is the English-Language Arts (ELA). Out of the four Amarillo high schools, Caprock scores the lowest, causing the state of Texas to intervene. Now for a week in January, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders as well as 12th graders who didn't pass the exit out exam in the 11th grade have to take a diagnostic TAKS and act like it is the real test in order to be prepared for the tests in February or March for the ELA portion and April or May for the Math, Social Studies, and Science portions. Caprock has also inserted an additional class period during the day called IMPACT. IMPACT is directed at improving TAKS scores for all who are involved in upcoming testing. Those student who are preparing for graduation and college use the time for ST/ACT preparation, scholarship applications, enrollment applications, and other future-planning activities.

Caprock High School ClusterEdit

In the Amarillo Independent School District, the elementary and middle schools are divided into four clusters. The clusters are named after the four high schools in AISD, Amarillo High School, Caprock High School, Palo Duro High School, and Tascosa High School. The Caprock cluster has two middle schools and ten elementary schools that promote up to Caprock High.

High schoolsEdit

  • Caprock High School
  • Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL)a
  • Northern Heights Alternativea

Feeder SchoolsEdit

Middle schoolsEdit

  • Bowie Middle School
  • Bowie 6th Grade Campus
  • James W Fannin

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Humphrey's Highland Elementary
  • Lamar Elementary
  • Landergin Elementary
  • Lawndale Elementary
  • Oak Dale Elementary
  • Sanborn Elementary
  • Southlawn Elementary (*)
  • Sunrise Elementary
  • Tradewind Elementary

a=The Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL) and Northern Heights Alternative both serve the entire AISD system, not just one cluster.


Caprock is divided up into four "houses". The houses are for the four grade levels at the high school causing the core classes of each grade to be separated from another grade level. The 2008-2009 school year is the first year the house idea was implemented.

Senior HouseEdit

The senior house is the 200 building and one of the two buildings at the front of the school. The 200 building also contains the cafeteria, commons, main office, library and the ACE Scholarship Office. The senior principal is Mr. Scott Saker and the senior counselor is Cassie Davenport.

Junior HouseEdit

The junior house is the 1400 building which is the newest building on the campus. Some seniors argued that the senior house should have been the 1400 hall because it was the nicest on campus, but other seniors said that the 200 building that they are in now is the heart of the school and the senior class should be next to the heart of the school. The junior principal is Mr. Johnathan Lyold and the junior counselor is Mary Larken.

Sophomore HouseEdit

The sophomore house is the 300 building. The sophomore principal is Mr. Ryan Cabe and the Sophomore counselor is Mandy Abernethy.

Freshman HouseEdit

The freshman house is the 400 building. The freshman principal is Cheri Hess and the freshman counselor is Brandi Fennell.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-10.
  2. ^ The Athletics Department Archived May 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ UIL Girls Wrestling Archives Archived October 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-10-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Greg Oliver; Steven Johnson (2007). The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels. ECW Press. pp. 347–348. ISBN 978-1-55490-284-2.

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