Wylie High School (Wylie, Texas)

Wylie High School (commonly Wylie High School or WHS) is a public high school located in Wylie, Texas (United States) and classified as a 6A school by the UIL. It is part of the Wylie Independent School District which covers south central Collin County and includes portions of the communities of Sachse, St. Paul and Murphy along with Wylie. Until the 2008 opening of Wylie East High School, Wylie High School was the only high school in Wylie ISD.

Wylie High School
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2550 West FM 544


Coordinates33°00′29″N 96°34′17″W / 33.008073°N 96.571449°W / 33.008073; -96.571449Coordinates: 33°00′29″N 96°34′17″W / 33.008073°N 96.571449°W / 33.008073; -96.571449
School typePublic high school
School districtWylie Independent School District
PrincipalVirdie Montgomery
Enrollment3,000 [1] (2019)
Maroon, White and Black
Athletics conferenceUIL Class AAAAAA
NicknamePirates/Lady Pirates
NewspaperThe Peg Leg
YearbookThe Legend

In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]


In the 1890s, the town of Wylie had been served by a small school[3] with a small amount of funding, primarily contributed by the parents of the students of the schools. Ovid Birmingham noticed this problem while traveling and established Wylie ISD in 1901-1902. He set limits of the district that all citizens in that area would pay taxes to support the district. The Birmingham family soon provided money to build the original Wylie High School. Wylie High has resided in several different buildings in its history.

Beginning in the 1976 school year, Wylie High School moved to a new building at 516 Hilltop Lane. This building could hold up to 600 students prior to the 1985 expansion of the school. This building, once the new Wylie High School was opened in 1996, was converted into Wylie Junior High School, later becoming Burnett Junior High School, named after the former principal of Wylie High School, Grady Burnett.

Wylie East High School was opened for the 2007-2008 school year. The school initially served solely ninth grade students. Wylie East became a 9-12 school with the Class of 2012 being the first class to graduate after the district voted to have multiple 9-12 campuses in January 2008. Wylie East began the 2009-2010 school year with freshmen and sophomores.[citation needed] Wylie ISD serves most of the city of Wylie, including the city of St. Paul, a portion of the city of Murphy, and the Collin County portion of the city of Sachse. Enrollment has grown to just over 10,000 students with more than 2685 full-time employees.


The extracurricular activities offered at Wylie High School are many and varied due to the school's large size. There are chapters of national organizations such as the National Honor Society and the Air Force Junior ROTC, as well as service organizations such as SkillsUSA, Rachel's Challenge,[4] Spanish Club, French Club, Debate, and FCCLA. The usual range of athletic and music organizations, Choir, Band, Orchestra and Theatre, are available for students to join also including Drill Team and Cheer.


The Wylie Pirates compete in these sports:[5]


  1. ^ Search=1&DistrictID=4846530&SchoolPageNum=2&ID=484653005295 "WYLIE H S" Check |url= value (help). National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
  3. ^ Wylie City History
  4. ^ "Rachel's Challenge / Rachel's Challenge". www.wylieisd.net. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  5. ^ The Athletics Department

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