Estacado High School (Lubbock, Texas)

Estacado High School
Location
1504 East Itasca Ave.
Lubbock, Texas 79401

United States
Information
Type Public magnet
Motto Inspire Hope, Build Character, Instill Pride.
Established 1967
School district Lubbock Independent School District
Principal Jimmy Moore
Grades 9-12
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Blue And Silver
Athletics Football, Wrestling (Boys and Girls), Baseball, Basketball (Boys and Girls), Cross Country, Track, Golf, Swimming, Softball
Mascot Matador
Information (806) 766-1400
Website

Estacado High School is a 4A public high school serving grades 9 through 12 in Lubbock, Texas, (USA). It is part of the Lubbock Independent School District. Estacado is a magnet school, with programs in medicine, law and criminal justice, engineering, and JROTC.

The school was founded in 1967. Estacado's colors are blue and silver and its mascot is the Matador. The school is located in the northeast part of the city, between Mackenzie Park and Lubbock City Park.

History

The school, named after the primarily Quaker settlement Estacado near Lubbock, Texas, opened late in 1967. The first principal was Olan Rice in 1969. The school was designed to accommodate 1,600 students, and was one of the first high schools in Lubbock to serve ninth graders.[1] A $3.8 million facility, it originally included a vocational wing made up of metalworking, woodworking, and automobile body workshops, as well as agriculture and electronics labs. To allow other Lubbock Independent School District students to take advantage of these vocational classes, they were eventually moved to the Advanced Technology Center in central Lubbock. The school implemented several magnet programs unique to its campus, beginning in the late 1990s. These included a medical program, an engineering program, and a criminal justice program which started in 2007.[2]

Academics

Estacado has been named a persistently low-performing school by the United States Department of Education.[3] The school began a Campus Improvement Plan in 2010 with three goals: increasing the daily attendance of the students, meeting state and national educational standards, and better preparing students for college.[2]

Extracurricular Activities

Estacado High School offers various extracurricular activities including cheerleading, athletics, National Honor Society, United States Academic Decathlon, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. The school's Academic Decathlon team made it to the state competition every year from 1997 to 2012.[2] In 2009, Estacado was one of three high schools in the city to start a women's wrestling team.[4][5]

Jerry Gray Go Center

In 2008, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded the school a $99,000 grant, along with South Plains College and Texas Tech University, to encourage Estacado High students to go to college.[6] Part of this money was used to create the Estacado High School Jerry Gray Go Center. Jerry Gray is an Estacado alumni and the current coach of the Seattle Seahawks. The Jerry Gray Foundation now works with Texas Tech University to provide "matching corporate scholarships" to graduating Estacado students planning to attend Texas Tech. The foundation’s mission is to “motivate and empower young men and women with knowledge, financial resources, and the tools needed for achieving a higher education and for being successful in life.”[2] It provides guidance to students in different college-related areas including taking standardized testing, applying to schools, and completing financial aid paperwork.[6]

School Song

Hail, all hail to you Estacado
Hail to you, the Grand Matador
We will honor you, Estacado
Even when we leave your door.
We'll be true to the blue and the silver.
As our colors wave over this home
And recall our dear Estacado,
Far away as we may roam,
Then whenever we may wander
Estacado is our home.[7]

References

  1. ^ Estacado High School. Lubbock Centennial Historical Landmarks. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Estacado High School. Lubbock ISD. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Gulick, Joe. "Estacado staff aims to improve". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. June 23, 2010. Retrieved from Proquest April 15, 2011.
  4. ^ Cram, Travis. "Queens of the Mat". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Feb 8, 2009. Retrieved from Lonestar Varsity April 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Estacado High School girls wrestling team. Vimeo. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  6. ^ a b “"Team-up for College Knowledge” Project Draws to a Close" Texas Tech University. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  7. ^ About EHS. Retrieved April 15, 2011.

External links

  • Official website
  • Jerry Gray Foundation website
  • Estacado Matador Football website featuring player photos, schedules, alumni, and scores
  • {http://www.estacadomatadorbaseball.org Estacado Matador Baseball website featuring player photos, schedules, alumni, and scores]
  • {http://www.estacadomatadorwrestling.org Estacado Matador Wrestling website featuring team photos, schedules, alumni, and facts]
  • {http://www.estacadojrotc.org Estacado Matador Battalion - The Junior ROTC program at Estacado High School}
  • Lewin, Tamar. "More Girls Take Part in High School Wrestling". The New York Times. February 17, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2011.

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