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Western Hills High School (Benbrook, Texas)

Western Hills High School
3600 Boston Ave.
Benbrook, Texas 76116
Type Public High School
Established 1968
Opened 1969
School district Fort Worth Independent School District
CEEB Code 442575
Principal James Wellman
Assistant principals William Hudson, Mark Cerja, Denise Kahn, Jill Thomason
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1548 (2010[1])
Campus size 25 acres
Campus type Urban/Suburban
Color(s)           Forest Green & Gold
Athletics UIL Class 4A
Sports football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's track & field,men's and women's soccer, swimming & diving, wrestling
Nickname Cougars
Rival Arlington Heights High School
Average SAT scores 1015 (2005[2])
Newspaper The Mountain Line
Yearbook The Catamount
Feeder schools Leonard Middle School and Benbrook Middle School

Western Hills High School (WHHS) is a secondary school located in Benbrook, Texas, United States, serving the city of Benbrook, portions of western Fort Worth, and unincorporated portions of southwestern Tarrant County. The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD).


  • History 1
  • Spirit 2
  • Feeder patterns 3
    • Elementary 3.1
    • Middle School 3.2
  • Academics 4
    • Languages 4.1
  • Sports 5
    • Baseball 5.1
    • Football 5.2
      • Playoff appearances 5.2.1
    • Wrestling 5.3
  • External links 6
  • References 7


The Western Hills community encompasses the urban area surrounding the school, the Benbrook city area, southwest Fort Worth, and the rural section west to the Tarrant County line. The city of Benbrook school system once served students in Benbrook and surrounding rural areas. In 1954, all Benbrook students above the sixth grade were transferred to the Fort Worth ISD. In 1962, the Benbrook School District was consolidated into the Fort Worth system, busing the high school students to North Side High School or Arlington Heights High School and its junior high schools to J.P. Elder or William Monnig Junior High. Western Hills was first opened on the campus of Arlington Heights High School in the fall of 1968 with 714 students crowded into thirteen temporary buildings. In January 1969, this student body moved into its new home on the twenty-five acre tract in West Fort Worth at 3600 Boston Avenue.

The creation of General Dynamics Fort Worth Division in nearby White Settlement spurred an increased enrollment from the original 714 to 2,243 in 1972. At that time the student body was housed not only in the main building with one level but also in 23 portable buildings. With a decreasing student enrollment of 2,052 in the fall of 1980, the school building was expanded to two floors and eliminated the portable buildings.

On October 23, 1989, a briefcase containing a firebomb was found. During an attempt to disarm the device it exploded causing mostly smoke damage and no injuries.[3][4] In 1991, the decline of student enrollment had tapered off to 1,503, reflecting of job losses from the sale of General Dynamics' Fort Worth division to Lockheed.

In recent years, school enrollment has ranged between 1,461 and 1,503. Recently, 14 portable buildings have been added to the campus.[5]


The Western Hills cougar insignia
The school mascot is the cougar. Official school colors are forest green and gold and throwback colors reflecting early years are yellow and green.

The WHHS student newspaper is The Mountain Line, (a cougar is also known as a mountain lion) begun in the spring of 1970. The paper won the best-in-city award in its first year in a contest sponsored by the Fort Worth press.

Western Hills High School's school annual yearbook is named The Catamount. The name was chosen by the new school's annual staff after suggestions made by annual staff members.

Feeder patterns


  • Benbrook Elementary
  • Luella Merrett Elementary
  • Waverly Park Elementary
  • Western Hills Elementary
  • Western Hills Primary
  • Westpark Elementary

Middle School

  • Benbrook Middle School (as of Fall 2011)
  • Leonard Middle School
  • Applied Learning Academy



WHHS offers classes in American Sign Language, English, French, German, and Spanish.


WHHS currently competes as a University Interscholastic League Class 4A school.


In 2001 Western Hills won the Texas Class 4A State baseball championship.


The Cougars' home games are usually played in the FWISD's Farrington Field, but the team also frequently plays in Herman Clark Stadium and Scarborough-Handley Field when facing opponents that also belong to the school district.

In its inaugural year, the school's football team lost every game. The school years 1969 and 1970 saw the school's football team make a complete turn around and go on to win bi-district both years.

Playoff appearances

The Cougars have competed in the post-season playoffs toward the state title fifteen times, advancing to the second round three times. They have never advanced beyond the second round.

Year Class Division Round W/L Opponent PF PA
1969[6] 4A Bi-district W Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt Chaparrals 28 7
Regional L Dallas Woodrow Wilson Wildcats 20 48
1970[7] 4A Bi-district L Fort Worth I.M. Terrell Panthers 8 9
1982[8] 5A Bi-district W Wichita Falls S.H. Rider Raiders 14 6
Area L Hurst L.D. Bell Blue Raiders 7 23
1985[9] 5A Bi-district L Wichita Falls Coyotes 20 21
1990[10] 5A Big school Bi-district L Arlington Colts 29 40
1991[11] 5A Division 1 Bi-district L Arlington Sam Houston Texans 34 45
1992[12] 5A Division 1 Bi-district L Euless Trinity Trojans 6 35
1993[13] 5A Division 2 Bi-district L Haltom City Haltom Buffaloes 12 30
1996[14] 4A Division 1 Bi-district W Weatherford Kangaroos 24 22
Regional L Azle Hornets 14 24
1997[15] 4A Division 1 Bi-district L Brownwood Lions 7 48
2000[16] 4A Division 2 Bi-district L Stephenville Yellow Jackets 43 45
2002[17] 4A Division 2 Bi-district L Stephenville Yellow Jackets 45 63
2003[18] 4A Division 2 Bi-district L Aledo Bearcats 26 52
2005[19] 4A Division 2 Bi-district L Springtown Porcupines 27 35
2010[20] 4A Division 1 Bi-district L North Richland Hills Birdville Hawks 3 41


Western Hills was only one of six schools in FWISD to have a wrestling team.

External links

  • Western Hills High School
  • WHHS Band Website


  1. ^ "4A Football and Basketball Enrollment".  
  2. ^ "Highest SAT Scores in the Tarrant Area". Measuring Up: A Guide to Tarrant County Schools.  
  3. ^,5515874&dq=bomb+explodes+fort+worth&hl=en
  4. ^,4111269&dq=bomb+explodes+fort+worth&hl=en
  5. ^ "WHHS School History".  
  6. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1969".  
  7. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1970".  
  8. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1982 5A".  
  9. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1985 5A".  
  10. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1990 5A".  
  11. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1991 5A".  
  12. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1992 5A".  
  13. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1993 5A".  
  14. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1996 4A".  
  15. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 1997 4A".  
  16. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 2000 4A".  
  17. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 2002 4A".  
  18. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 2003 4A".  
  19. ^ "All-Time Playoff Scores: 2005 4A".  
  20. ^ "2010 Texas High School Football Playoff Brackets, 4A Division 1".  
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