Willowridge High School (Houston)

Willowridge High School is a public high school in Houston, Texas, United States and part of the Fort Bend Independent School District. Willowridge serves grades 9 through 12.

Willowridge High School
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Willowridge High School is located in Texas
Willowridge High School
Willowridge High School
Willowridge High School is located in the United States
Willowridge High School
Willowridge High School
16301 Chimney Rock Road

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Coordinates29°35′09″N 95°28′57″W / 29.585772°N 95.482586°W / 29.585772; -95.482586Coordinates: 29°35′09″N 95°28′57″W / 29.585772°N 95.482586°W / 29.585772; -95.482586
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TypePublic High School
School districtFort Bend Independent School District
PrincipalTerence Hayden
Faculty98.44 (FTE)[1]
Grades9-12
Enrollment1,315 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.36[1]
Color(s)Blue and Silver          
MascotEagle
2011 TEA RatingAcademically Acceptable
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The school, located in the Blue Ridge area, has a predominately African-American student population.[citation needed]

The school serves many areas of northeast Fort Bend County east and north of FM 2234, and a section of Houston inside Fort Bend County, including the neighborhoods of Briargate, Chasewood, Willow Park II, Mayfair Park, Ridgemont, Ridgegate, and Briar Villa. The school also serves the Fort Bend County portion of Shadow Creek Ranch, a community within the city of Pearland [2].

This school is well known for its marching band, known as the "Mighty Eagle Marching Band." Under band directors Mr. Ronald Thornton (head), Delcenia Hill, Maurice Ross, Robert Lee, and Robert Jackson, the band performed at the Rose Bowl in 1994 and Orange Bowl in 1996. In 2001, the band participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and in the summer of 2005, the Willowridge Band vacationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, a rarity for high school bands. The band also hosted the Bands of America contest at Rice Stadium on October 1, 2005. They have consecutively won 1st place at the MLK Battle Of The Bands and All-American Battle Of The Bands.

The school is also renowned for its basketball program. In 2001, the men's team accomplished the rare feat of having two McDonald's All-Americans in Daniel Ewing and T. J. Ford, who went on to play for Duke University and Texas, respectively.

HistoryEdit

The first phase of Willowridge started in February 1978 and was occupied in September 1979.[2] Willowridge was the second (racially integrated) high school opened in FBISD.[3]

In the 1980s, the school was known for its successful football program. During the 82-83 season, NFL Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas led the football team to the Texas Class 4A state Championship. This era also produced other NFL players such as O. J. Brigance, Charles Arbuckle, Allen Aldridge, Selwyn Jones and Stanley Petry.

From 1999 to 2001, the men's basketball team compiled a 75–1 win-loss record (including a 62-game winning streak) earning a pair of Texas Class 5A state titles.

One of the streets on the WHS campus was named in memory of former principal Edgar Glover, Jr. Glover, who served as principal between November 1982 until his death in April 1993. Coincidentally, an elementary school named in Edgar Glover, Jr's honor opened on August 17, 1994 [(Opened fall 1992 [3])].

The second phase of Willowridge High School was completed in summer 1992 and dedicated on September 23, 1992 [(Opened fall 1992 [4])]. During the expansion, the Ronald McNair Auditorium was dedicated in memoriam (the middle school next to Willowridge was named after Christa McAuliffe).

In 2017 the school temporarily closed due to a mold contamination.[4]

CampusEdit

Circa 2018 Jay Shells, a New York City graphic designer, installed a sign referring to a Z-Ro rap song which talks about the school at the school entrance. The sign was made as a dedication to Houston rap culture.[5]

Feeder patternsEdit

The following elementary schools feed into Willowridge:

  • Briargate
  • Ridgegate
  • Ridgemont
  • Blue Ridge

The following middle schools feed into Willowridge:

  • McAuliffe

Notable alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c WILLOWRIDGE H S
  2. ^ "FBISD History FBISD built Willowridge on the former site of the Blue Ridge State Prison Farm inmate housing compound. Archived 2008-09-07 at the Wayback Machine." Fort Bend Independent School District.
  3. ^ Solomon, Jerome. "FOOTBALL 1997/HIGH SCHOOLS/FORT BEND BONANZA/Phillips, Dulles in hunt to add to town's memories." Houston Chronicle. Thursday August 28, 1997. Special 33. Retrieved on December 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Balch, Bridget (2017-08-03). "Students displaced from mold-ravaged Willowridge High School". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  5. ^ Hlavaty, Craig (2018-09-05). "City officials get behind effort to recognize Houston rap landmarks". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-09-07. - See the image
  6. ^ "2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards". Rice University News & Media. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  7. ^ http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl/1987_485172/willowridge-has-defense-to-defend.html
  8. ^ "List of Hall of Fame members". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2012.

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