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Midland High School (Midland, Texas)

Midland High School (officially Midland Senior High School) is a public high school located in Midland, Texas and is part of Midland Independent School District. The original Midland High School was built in 1926 and was moved twenty-three years later to a new building in 1949 where it currently sits today. In recent years, Midland High School has received major renovations including complete asbestos removal and new West Wing that houses science, math, and social studies classroom. Also, renovations to their large gym including new floors and new bleachers. The practice field of the Midland High football team Memorial Stadium has also received a new turf.

Midland High School
906 W Illinois Ave


United States
Coordinates31°59′59″N 102°05′06″W / 31.9996°N 102.0851°W / 31.9996; -102.0851
MottoEarn The Right
School districtMidland Independent School District
PrincipalDr. Leslie Sparacello
Faculty138 (2017-18 academic year)
Enrollment2,229 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)          Purple and Gold
AthleticsFootball, volleyball, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, golf, tennis, Lacrosse
Athletics conference6A Region I District 3

Midland High School hosts only high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors (10th-12th grades) as Midland Freshman High School serves as a feeder school hosting freshman high school students. Both Midland High School and Midland Freshman High School use the same school mascot, the Midland High Bulldog.

The current principal is Dr. Leslie Sparacello. The associate principal is Karina Barrera, and the Instructional Services Director is Rosalinda Acosta.



Midland High School's history goes back to the establishment of Midland County back in 1885.[2] It was the first school in Midland County.[2] The one room school house was for all grades.[2] Sixty-four students attended the first school in Midland County.[2] In 1893, a two-story brick schoolhouse was built and the top floor was for the secondary students.[2] In 1907, Midland Independent School District was established.[2] The first building to be officially named Midland High School was built in 1926 on the site of what is now Fasken Center, at 600 Texas Street.[2] After 23 years in the Texas Street location, in 1949 Midland High School moved to its present location at 906 West Illinois.[2] The land which Midland High was based on was donated by the Cowdens.[2] The legendary bulldog mascot was chosen for Midland High in 1925, and purple and gold were chosen for the school colors in 1929.[2]

On January 7, 1955, Elvis Presley performed at Midland High along with several other acts from the Louisiana hayride in what was billed as a "Western Show."[3] Elvis performed at Midland High for two more performances on May 31, 1955, and October 12, 1955.[3] Each show cost $1.25 in advance and $1.50 at the door, with children tickets for 50 cents and student tickets for 75 cents.[3]

In recent years, Midland High enrollment has grown steadily due to the effects of the oil industry on the Permian Basin region. As Midland's population rapidly expanded from roughly 100,000 people to approximately 150,000 people between 2000 and 2015, Midland ISD has struggled to keep up with increased enrollment. To deal with a student population projected to rise by as much as 9,700 students in the next 10 years, the Midland ISD Facility Master Planning Committee has presented a plan that calls for $545.8 million bond election in as early May and more than $910 million in total projects over the next decade.[4]


Over the course of 2003–2004, Midland High produced 5 National Merit Finalists, 11 National Merit Commended Scholars, 3 National Hispanic Scholars, and 2 National Hispanic Honorable Mention Scholars.[2]


CATOICO, Midland High School's equivalent of prom, was first established in 1929 and stands for Midland's three major commodities: CAttle, OIl, and COtton. CATOICO – pronounced commonly as cuh TOY cuh – is one of the oldest traditions in the state of Texas.[2] The first CATOICO Queen was Martha Louise Nobles Black.[2] Originally, the title went to the girl who was the most successful yearbook fundraiser.[2] Since 1939, the CATOICO court has been chosen by the student body.[2] The first CATOICO coronation activities were in 1936.[5]

The CATOICO court still exists to this day (September 8, 2017), and the means of the election process are different. Contrary to the title going to the person with the most successful yearbook sales, the election process has become more complex. Students have to complete a CATOICO packet that includes: teacher recommendations, grades, extra-curricula, etc. Then when that is completed the students are then expected to do a video that will be presented in front of the whole student body, where they will then decide the CATOICO court, king and queen.


Athletics have a winning tradition at Midland High School. From 1957 to 1965, the cross-country track team won the state championship. The boys swimming team, started in 1961, was flourishing by 1968 when MHS alum Doug Russell won two Gold Medals in the 1968 Olympics. In 1965, the girls swim team was established and they won two consecutive state titles. The MHS baseball team won the state championship in 1973 and in 2001. The basketball team went to state in 1973, 1994, and won the championship in 1998. The boys soccer team went to the state championship in 1994 as well. By 1996, the girls basketball team had won its fourth consecutive district championship.

  • In December 2002, Midland High School went to the state football final.
  • In 1973 and 2001, Midland High School's baseball team won the state championship.
  • In 1998, Midland High School's boys basketball team won the state championship.
  • In 1965 and 1966, Midland High School's woman's swim team won two consecutive state titles.

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  1. ^ "MILDAND H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Campus History and Mission / Campus History and Mission". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  3. ^ a b c "Scotty Moore - Midland High School Auditorium, Midland, TX". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  4. ^ "MISD committee: District should propose $545 million bond in May, $910M in bonds over a decade". Midland Reporter-Telegram. 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  5. ^ "10 things you didn't know about MHS : The Bulldog". Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2012-02-27.

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