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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How They Do High Schools In Texas.

Maybe the Fulton County Board Of Education might get a clue...



Courtesy Cnn.com and Wikipedia.


Allen High School is a public, co-educational secondary school in Allen, Texas that serves students in 10th through 12th grades. It is the only high school of the Allen Independent School District. Student enrollment is over 5,000, making the school one of the largest secondary schools in the state of Texas.

Allen High School serves most of the city of Allen. Until fall 2006, when Lovejoy High School opened, Allen High School served high school students in the Lovejoy Independent School District, which includes the city of Lucas, most of Fairview, and a small portion of Allen.[1]

Allen High School was established in 1959 on land donated by Harris Brown on the corner of Jupiter and Main streets. August 1999 saw the opening of Allen High School “2000”, a facility opened to 2,200 students in grades 10 through 12. The former high school was converted into the Becky Lowery Freshman Center, named in honor of a former middle school teacher and school counselor. It serves all 9th grade students.

Allen High School offers the International Baccalaureate program to its students, with the class of 2002 being the first to graduate Full Diploma. AHS also provides Advanced Placement and elective courses.

Allen uses an 8:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. modified block schedule. The period schedule includes five standard periods per day, though students are required to be present for only four in 10th grade, and only three in 11th or 12th grade.

The Allen Eagle football program has had five playoff berths and two bi-district championships in six seasons. In 2006 the varsity football team finished its season as the District 9-5A Champions by beating Plano East in the last game of the regular season, 22-17. Its only loss was to Garland High School in the season opener. In the playoffs the Allen Eagles beat Mesquite, Wylie, Round Rock, and Spring Westfield, and made it to the state semifinals where they lost to Southlake Carroll. The team's regular season record was 9-1 with an overall record of 13-2.

The Eagles had a perfect (10-0) regular season in 2007, followed by a first-round playoff loss to end the season.

After finishing the 2008 regular season with a record of 9-1, the Eagles beat South Grand Prairie, Coppell, Odessa Permian, Euless Trinity, Round Rock Stony Point, and Fort Bend Hightower in the state championship to earn their first ever state title, making them Texas' Class 5A Div I State Champions. Upon winning the championship, the Allen Eagles were ranked #2 in the nation by both ESPN Rise and Yahoo! Rivals High School rankings, and they were ranked #5 by MaxPreps poll.

Due to the program's popularity and student population, the school was authorized, via an approved April 2009 $119 million referendum, to build an 18,000 seat stadium to be named Allen Eagle Stadium for the team which will be completed in time for the 2012 football season. [3][4] It will be the third largest high school stadium in the state, but the largest designed for the use of only one team. The new facility also will house a weight room, wrestling practice facility, and indoor golfing facility [5].

The Allen High School girls' golf program achieved the first UIL state championship for the school by winning the state tournament in 2005. The team followed this with another state win in 2006.

The Allen Eagles wrestling team won the THSCA dual state tournament in the 2008-2009 season, defeating the defending UIL state champions Randall High School. The Eagle wrestling team also won the THSCA dual state tournament and UIL state tournament in the 2009-2010 season.

The Allen High School boys bowling team won the 2001-2002 and 2007-2008 Texas High School Bowling Club Team Championships. The Allen girl's team was state champion in 2003-2004 and 2004–2005, becoming the first Texas boys' or girls' teams to repeat as state champions. The girls' bowling team won its third state championship against Plano East in the 2008-2009 school year.

The Allen High School varsity hockey team won the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 Texas State Championship, and the 2009 Rocky Mountain Regional Championship. The team placed second in the 2009-2010 State Championship, and was a quarterfinalist at the National Championships.

The girl's soccer team finished 2nd in the state in 1998 and the boy's program made it to the 1993, 1996 and 1997 regional finals.

In the 2008-2009 school year, where Allen High School was state champion in football, hockey, girls' bowling, golf, and wrestling.

The Allen Escadrille is the world's largest high school marching band, with a membership of over 680 students.[6] They play for the 5A football team, participate in competitions and perform in parades and other venues. The Escadrille was invited to perform in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2009, and performed in the 2006 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. It received the Sudler Shield Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2004. It was also a participant in the 1994 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, being the only high school band chosen to play at the Dublin Lord Mayors Ball; the 1995 and 1999 Texas Gubernatorial Parades; and the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Allen High School received the 2011 Grammy Signature School Gold Award,[7] which recognizes U.S. public high schools making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

Allen High School also has a broadcast program, KGLE 3 Teen News. Between 1996 and 2006, the program had five first placesBest of Shows, two second places, one third place, one eighth place, and one not placed at the National Scholastic Press Association’s biannual competition. it has also been a Pacemaker finalist five times. The KGLE broadcast program includes radio broadcast.

The Allen Orchestra was invited to perform at The International Midwest Clinic and Convention in 2006.[8]

Allen High School;s photography program won ATPI's Top Program contest in 2006.[citation needed]

The school's German folk dancing team took first place in the 2005 state competition and third place in state finals in 2006.[citation needed]

The Allen Clinical Rotation Program received a new technology lab.[9]

To read more about Allen High School, go here=>
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