R. L. Paschal High School

R. L. Paschal High School is a secondary school in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. It is part of the Fort Worth Independent School District, and the oldest and largest high school in Fort Worth ISD.[2]

R. L. Paschal High School
PHS - 9-11-08.JPG
The front entrance to PHS
3001 Forest Park Boulevard


United States
TypeMixed-sex education, State school, Secondary school
School districtFort Worth Independent School District
Teaching staff148.48 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,536 (2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17.08[1]

The school is ranked 222nd in Texas and 2,609th in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.[3]

These elementary schools feed into Paschal: Alice Carlson, George C. Clarke, Lily B. Clayton, Contreras, Daggett, De Zavala, South Hills, Tanglewood, Westcliff, and Worth Heights. These middle schools feed into Paschal: Daggett Montessori, Daggett, McLean, McLean 6th Grade, Rosemont, and Rosemont 6th Grade.


Postcard of Fort Worth High School, undated
Fort Worth High School
Former Fort Worth High in 2015
Fort Worth High School
Fort Worth High School
Location1015 S. Jennings Ave.,
Fort Worth, Texas
Coordinates32°44′08″N 97°19′46″W / 32.73556°N 97.32944°W / 32.73556; -97.32944
Area1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built1911; 110 years ago (1911)
Built byInnis--Graham
ArchitectWaller and Field
Architectural styleNeoclassical architecture
NRHP reference No.02001515[4]
Added to NRHPDecember 12, 2002; 18 years ago (2002-12-12)

The school is a descendant of the city's first secondary school, Fort Worth High School, which opened in 1882. Fort Worth High School was originally located at 200 Jennings.[5] Robert Lee Paschal, an attorney from North Carolina, became head teacher in 1906. Briefly known as Central High School, it moved to its current location on Forest Park Boulevard in 1955. When Principal Paschal retired in 1935, the school was renamed in his honor as RL Paschal High School.[2]

Its rival is Arlington Heights. In 1963, a prank on Arlington Heights led to 46 arrests.[6] In 1979, a student stole a bulldozer from a county construction site and rammed it into the Arlington Heights field house the day before the annual Heights-Paschal football game, completely leveling it.[7]

In 1985, the school achieved a degree of notoriety when a gang called "Legion of Doom" was active at the school.[7][8][9][10]

In 2006, the school won the Boys golf state championship.[11]

Performing artsEdit

Paschal has a competitive show choir, "Vox".[12]

Notable alumniEdit



  1. ^ a b c "PASCHAL H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "History of R. L. Paschal High School". Forth Worth Independent School District. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Paschal High School". U.S. News & World Report.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  5. ^ https://www.fwisd.org/domain/1914
  6. ^ KENNEDY, BUD (September 5, 2013). "50 years ago, Paschal flew into history, with a high school prank gone wild Fort Worth Star Telegram". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  7. ^ a b Jarvis, Jan (July 1985). "Doomsday". D Magazine. ISSN 0161-7826.
  8. ^ "American Notes Vigilantes". Time. June 10, 1985. ISSN 0040-781X.
  9. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (May 17, 1986). "Teen Vigilante Films: Armed And Dangerous". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ KENNEDY, J. MICHAEL (April 20, 1985). "'Legion of Doom' Accused of Bombings, Threats : Gang of Top Students Puzzles Fort Worth". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ BURCH, JIMMY (May 21, 2013). "Former Paschal teammates ready for Colonial debuts". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  12. ^ "SCC: Viewing School - Paschal High School". Show Choir Community. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  13. ^ KENNEDY, BUD; RAY, JORDAN (May 28, 2018). "From Fort Worth boy to American hero: Capt. Alan Bean, 4th to walk on the moon, dead at 86". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  14. ^ "RICHARD RAINWATER (1944 - 2015)". Legacy.com.

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Coordinates: 32°42′28″N 97°21′03″W / 32.70789°N 97.350761°W / 32.70789; -97.350761