John Marshall High School (Leon Valley, Texas)

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John Marshall High School
Address
8000 Lobo Lane

, ,
78240

Coordinates29°30′49″N 98°37′12″W / 29.513646°N 98.619869°W / 29.513646; -98.619869Coordinates: 29°30′49″N 98°37′12″W / 29.513646°N 98.619869°W / 29.513646; -98.619869
Information
School typePublic, high school
Founded1949
School districtNorthside Independent School District
SuperintendentDr. Brian T. Woods[1]
PrincipalSusan Cleveland
Vice PrincipalAll Castillo
Academic DeanKristen Westmoreland
Assistant PrincipalWendy Reyes
Reggie Ollendeick
Rick Dockery
Vivian Stewart-Juarez
Grades9–12
Enrollment2,696[2] (2017)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Maroon and white          
Athletics conferenceUIL Class 6A
MascotRam Jmhs mascot clipart.png
Feeder schoolsJohn B. Connally M.S.
Pat Neff M.S.
Coke R. Stevenson M.S.
Earl Rudder M.S.
Sports District28-6A
Website

John Marshall High School (commonly Marshall, Marshall High, or JMHS) is a free public secondary school in the San Antonio suburb of Leon Valley in northwest Bexar County. The school serves students in grades 9-12, and is part of the Northside Independent School District, with admission based primarily on the locations of students' homes; the campus serves most of the suburb of Leon Valley and large portions of northwest San Antonio. Marshall was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1992-93.[3]

In 2017, Marshall was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency, with a 3-Star Distinction for Academic Achievements in Science, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.[4]

History[edit]

Marshall is the oldest high school in the Northside Independent School District, and was originally known simply as Northside High School from 1949 until 1960.[5] In the fall of 1960, it was renamed John Marshall High School in honor of the fourth Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall; the name change began a trend among all Northside ISD high schools, all of which are named after U.S. Supreme Court Justices). The school mascot was picked by students in 1950 and was based on the NFL's Los Angeles Rams.

The school was once well known for its vocal music department, which made sweepstakes in UIL over the past few decades.

Vocal music isn't the only outstanding fine arts program at Marshall; the Ram Band has also been consistent sweepstakes winners. In 1976 the band set a world's record for continuous concert, performing 52 hours and 3 minutes in Wonderland Mall (now known as Wonderland of the Americas); that same year, the band became the first band from the state of Texas in 20 years to be invited to march in the 1977 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Ram Band also appeared in the 1977 feature film "Rolling Thunder"; the first and second band directors at Marshall have had Northside Schools named for them; Mr Bob Lewis, band director from 1957 to 1975 and Mr. Charles Kuentz Jr., band director from 1975 into the 1980s.

Athletics[edit]

The Marshall Rams compete in these sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Water Polo. [6]

In 1966 the John Marshall Basketball team won the State AAA championship, becoming the first and only sports team from John Marshall, in any sport to do so. John Marshall defeated League City Clear Creek, 64-60 in overtime at Gregory Gym, University of Texas. Coach Ted Dockery of Texas A&I coached the state championship team. Wayne Doyal, (first team all state center) and Dennis Leach led the well balanced Ram team. Wayne Doyal later played for the University of Texas 1968-70.

Attendance zone changes through the years[edit]

Because it's the oldest and the original high school for the Northside ISD, Marshall's originally very large attendance zones have been split through the years as new high schools were added to the district. Holmes H.S. to the south in the early 1960s, and Jay H.S. a few years later, although part of its area was also formed from the fairly new Holmes H.S. zone. In 1978 Marshall's zone was split again with the creation of Clark H.S. to the east, again in 1985 when Taft H.S. opened further west, and in 1998 when the new O'Connor H.S. claimed the Helotes and north Loop 1604 areas. The most recent attendance zone change was in 2008 for the new Brandeis H.S. whose zone is primarily made up of large areas of the former Clark and O'Connor attendance zones with a smaller area of Marshall's zone.

Though its attendance zones are much smaller than they were, Marshall still posts high academic scores and remains competitive in athletics, with the varsity football team winning the district title in 2006. Recently, Northside ISD attendance zones were realigned so that Marshall now has many former Clark H.S. neighborhoods that were originally zoned to Marshall, including those around the South Texas Medical Center, Prue Road, Fredericksburg Road and areas near the Wurzbach and I-10 intersection. Former O'Connor H.S. neighborhoods on Bandera Road were also rezoned back to Marshall due to realignment of other H.S. boundaries to accommodate record growth in the greater San Antonio area.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • John Hagy (Class of 1984) — Former professional American football player (defensive back) for three seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills.[7]
  • Priest Holmes (Class of 1992) — Former professional American football player (running back) for 11 season in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs[8]
  • Will Hurd (Class of 1995) — Former CIA Officer and Member of the US House of Representatives District 23[9]
  • N.D. Kalu (Class of 1993) — Former professional American football player (defensive end) for 12 season in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and Houston Texans.[10]
  • Scott Solomon (Class of 2007) — Current professional American football player free agent (linebacker) for 4 seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Cleveland Browns.[11]
  • Todd White — Animator and artist; former lead character designer on SpongeBob SquarePants.[12]
  • Dusty Wolfe — Former Professional Wrestler for the WWF [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Northside ISD Superintendent
  2. ^ UIL 2018-2020 Reclassification and Realignment
  3. ^ "National Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-2017, Page 188, PDF" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  4. ^ "TEA 2017 Accountability Reports". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  5. ^ Northside ISD History: The 1940's
  6. ^ The Athletics Department
  7. ^ John Hagy Player Profile at NFL.com
  8. ^ Priest Holmes Player Profile at NFL.com
  9. ^ Garcia, Gilbert (March 3, 2010). "Rodriguez rolls in District 23". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  10. ^ N.D. Kalu Player Profile at NFL.com
  11. ^ Scott Solomon Player Profile at NFL.com
  12. ^ Todd White Official Website
  13. ^ Dusty Wolfe

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