West Mesquite High School
|West Mesquite High School|
Exterior of West Mesquite High School
|Type||Public High School|
|Motto||Home of Honor and Pride.|
|Established||Opened as a middle school in 1976, housing 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. The first graduating class received diplomas in 1984.|
|School district||Mesquite Independent School District|
|Color(s)||Burnt Orange and White|
|Newspaper||WM NEWS (electronic)|
The school serves the western portion of Mesquite and most of the MISD portion of Balch Springs. The school mascot is the Wrangler. The school is located near the Mesquite Championship Rodeo at the Mesquite Arena, and was actually built on land once owned by the Rodeo. There was once a pond that horses drank from. If it were there today, it would cover the water fountain, and much of the north end of the football stadium.
Elementary schools that feed into WMHS include:
Middle schools that feed into WMHS include:
- A.C. New
West Mesquite High School currently participates as a UIL 5A (AAAAA) school in Football, Basketball, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, and Swimming.
1994: WMHS finished 8-2 but missed the playoffs.
TEXAS High School Magazine names an upcoming Senior Heath, as the player to watch. Attributing 24 pts., to his foot alone.
The first winning season in WMHS history can attributed to Seniors, Jeff Smith, David Capers, Jonathan Higgins, Josh Hejny, Matt Blizzard, and Chad Heath.
1995: WMHS wins their first district championship in high school football. The Wranglers finished the regular season a perfect 10-0, 5-0.
Bi-District: Lost to Tyler Chapel Hill 35-15. Being there first ever play off game, the Wranglers did not come prepared and lost multiple players to injury early on in the game, and were not able to rebound in the second half.
Quarterback Shawn Mead and running backs Ron Manning and Maurice Gordon were 1st team all district. DB Thomas Zaragoza was also 1st team all district along with offensive lineman Michael Gonzalez and Bredain Farmer.
Ron Manning ended his career as the all-time leading rusher in WM history with 3,700 yds.
1996: WM finished in a three way tie for first place in district 12-4A with Greenville and Terrell. 10-2, 4-1. Bi-District: WM 40, WT White 0. Area: Grapevine 42, WM 13.
From 1994-1996 the WM Wranglers compiled a 28-5 record under Head Coach Gary Johnson.
2006: The Wranglers were 8-2, 6-1 and placed second in district 10-4A. WM ended the regular season ranked #7 in the area.
Bi-District: Frisco 22, West Mesquite 19 (3 OTs)
2007: First year with Mike Overton as head coach. The Wranglers ended the regular season 7-3, 5-2. They finished second in the very tough district 10-4A. BiDistrict: West Mesquite 35, Lake Dallas 28
Area: West Mesquite 47, Whitehouse 29.
State Quarter-Finals: West Mesquite 41, Red Oak 28.
State Semi-Finals: Highland Park(49) beat West (6). The Wranglers ended their season with a record of 10-4.
2008: West ended the year with a 6-5, 5-1 record and qualified for post season play. Bi District: Waxahachie beat West in the first round of the playoffs.
2010: West ended the regular season 8-2, 6-2 district, losing to Lancaster and Forney in district 15-4A. West ended the season with an average score of over 40 points per game, the lowest overall 21-42 loss against Lancaster, and the highest being 63-56 win against Waxahachie. BiDistrict: West Mesquite 48, Pflugerville Hendrickson 39. West advanced past the first round for the first time since 2007.
Area: West Mesquite 55, Sherman 34. West made a second half comeback, not allowing Sherman an offensive score and no score at all in the 4th quarter.
Regional Semi-Finals: West Mesquite 30, Wylie 38. West scored with less than a minute left in the game, bridging a gap in the score. West tried an onside kick, but Wylie got the ball. West finished the season 10-3.
1992: West Mesquite was UIL State Runner-Up to Robstown in a game for the ages.
Bi-District: West Mesquite over Dallas: Jefferson 1-0
Area: West Mesquite over Coppell 4-3
Regional: West Mesquite over Texarkana: Liberty-Eylau 5-4
State Quarterfinal: West Mesquite over Dallas: White 4-1
State Semi-Final: West Mesquite over West Orange-Stark 8-7
State Final: Robstown over West Mesquite 7-6
1996: West Mesquite had 5 players selected with 1st Team All-District honors. Pitchers Michael Samford and Ricky Riggs, Infielders James Scarber and Nathan Reynolds, and Outfielder Ralph Tucker. Shawn Mead was named the district's Defensive Player of the Year. This was also the end of an era for Head Coach Tommy Sigler. He left WM to go across town where his wife was teaching at North Mesquite. Coach Sigler was well respected for his knowledge of the game.
Outdoor Track and FieldEdit
2017: West Mesquite's high jumper Ja'Sha Sloan placed 1st at the Texas UIL 5A State Championships with a winning height of 5-09.00 on May 12, 2017.
- "WEST MESQUITE H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 5, 2019.