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Wylie High School (Wylie, Texas)

Wylie High School
2550 W FM 544
Wylie, Texas, 75098-0490
United States
School type Public high school
Motto AHMO
Established 1905
School district Wylie Independent School District
Principal Virdie Montgomery
Assistant principals Angie Nichols
Dana Roberts
Cheryl Scott
Tammie Sullivan
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2292[1] (2012)
Campus Suburban
Color(s)                Maroon, Black & White
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAAA
Mascot Pirates/Lady Pirates
Newspaper The Peg Leg
Yearbook The Legend

Wylie High School (commonly Wylie or WHS) is a public high school located in Wylie, Texas, USA and classified as a 5A 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 was the only high school in Wylie ISD.


  • History 1
  • Dress code 2
  • Activities 3
  • Athletics 4
    • State Titles 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6


A pirate mural on the walls of the school.

In the 1890s, the town of Wylie had been served by a small school[2] 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.

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.ylie 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 most 2685 full time employees

In 2009, the state classified 47% of Wylie's graduates as "college ready," meaning ready to undergo university studies. The State of Texas defined "college readiness" by scores on the ACT and SAT and in the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. During the same year, J. J. Pearce High School in Richardson, which had demographics similar to that of Wylie, had an 81% readiness rate. Holly K. Hacker of The Dallas Morning News said that Wylie's rate was "far below expectations."[3]

Dress code

Wylie School District has enforced a standardized dress policy for students in 5th through 12th grades since the 2006-2007 school year. The dress code requires that students wear collared shirts and khaki-style pants. Shirts must be tucked in with a belt around the waist


The SkillsUSA, Spanish Club, French Club, FCCLA and BPA. The usual range of athletic and music organizations are available for students to join.


The Wylie Pirates compete in these sports [4]

Volleyball, Cross Country, Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Powerlifting, Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track, Baseball,& Softball

State Titles

  • Football [5]
    • 1977(2A)

The Wylie Pirate Football team has one state championship in WHS history, which was won in 1977 led by Coach Jerry Shaffer. In 2008, Wylie beat Copperas Cove to earn the chance to play Katy High School for the 2008 5A-Division II state championship in Houston, Texas. They lost this game to Katy, 17-3. In the 2010 season, they made another run at the state title, this time for 4A-Division I. They came up a yard short against the Denton Ryan Raiders in the state semi-finals, however, and were not able to advance to the state championship game.


  1. ^ Texas Tribune
  2. ^ Wylie City History
  3. ^ Hacker, Holly K. "Analysis shows true Texas high school performance, stripping away socioeconomic factors." The Dallas Morning News. September 3, 2011. Retrieved on February 10, 2012.
  4. ^ The Athletics Department
  5. ^ Lone Star Football Network

External links

  • Wylie Independent School District
  • Wylie Pirate Wrestling Booster Club

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