Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas)
name = Mirabeau B. Lamar High School
established = 1970
type = Public High School
grades = 9-12
head_name = Principal
head = Jeff Provence
city = Arlington
students = 2683 (2006-2007 academic year)
athletics = UIL District 4-5A
school_colors = Navy Blue, Gold
mascot = Vikings
yearbook = Valhalla
website = [http://www.arlington.k12.tx.us/Lamar/ Lamar High School]
Mirabeau B. Lamar High School is a secondary school in
Arlington, Texas. It is named for Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second president of the Republic of Texas, and located at 1400 West Lamar Boulevard.
The school, which handles grades 9 through 12, is a part of the
Arlington Independent School District. The current principal is Jeff Provence, who replaced Jimmy Jones in 2006 after Jones retired at the end of the 2005-06 school year. The school mascot is a viking, and the school colors are navy blue and gold. As of May 21, 2007, 2,683 students attend the school, making it the third largest high schoolin the city. [http://www.aisd.net/pdf/GradeTally/gt052107.pdf]
Lamar was recognized in 1995 as one of the nation's top 50 high schools by "U.S. News and World Report". Lamar boasts an unusually strong alumni base and has several outside websites related to its extracurricular and alumni activities.
Lamar High School serves areas of Northern Arlington and Northwestern Grand Prairie.
Fight on, oh Vikings, for our fame.
Fight on to victory.
We hold your colors blue and gold
On high for all to see.
Fight on, oh Vikings brave and bold.
Your honor will be told.
Forever more we sing to thee,
Oh, navy blue and gold!
Lamar High School, we love you,
Your light shines ever true;
It shows the way to follow
Great gold and navy blue.
We pledge our faith forever,
Our Vikings fail us never;
Lamar, our Alma Mater,
Lamar High School's
American footballteam regularly plays deep into the state playoffs, with the best finish coming in 1990. That year, the Vikings reached the Class 5A Regular Division (now Class 5A-Division II) state championship game, where they lost to Aldine, 27-10, at the Houston Astrodome. The game was broadcast nationally on ESPN.
On two occasions, the Vikes reached the state semi-finals before suffering a season-ending loss. The 2000 team lost to Tyler John Tyler in the Class 5A-Division II semi-finals at Texas Stadium. In 2003, the Vikings fell in the Class 5A-Division I semi-finals to The Woodlands at Round Rock ISD Stadium.
Lamar reached the state playoffs for thirteen consecutive seasons from 1988 to 2000, setting an Arlington ISD record for post-season consistency.
Lamar's playoff teams: [http://www.lamarvikings.com/playoffs.htm]
*Karen Borta: News anchor for
KTVT CBS11 in Dallas, TX
*James Duff: Creator, executive director and head writer of TNT's
*Mike Hamilton: Former
Major League Baseballcatcher for Texas Rangers, current coach and scout for Colorado Rockies
*John "Jack of all trades" Gapa: You name it, he's done it.
Reggie Harrell: Former NFLwide receiver (2005-06) for New York Jetsand Chicago Bears; played collegiately at TCU
*Scott McGarrahan: Former NFL defensive back (1998-2005) for
Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargersand Detroit Lions
*Chris Mycoskie: Sports anchor for
WGMB FOX44 and WVLA NBC33 in Baton Rouge, LA
*Scott Peach: Arlington High School head football coach (and son of Lamar head football coach Eddy Peach, who has been the school's only head football coach since its opening)
*Kenny Perry: James Bowie High School head football coach
Joe Walker: Former NFL defensive back (2001-02) for Tennessee Titansand Indianapolis Colts; played collegiately at University of Nebraska
*Shawn Walters: Former
University of Southern Californiarunning back
Jeremy Wariner: Gold medalist in 400 meters and 4x400 relay at 2004 Summer Olympics, and 2008 Summer Olympics
*Mitch Willis: Former NFL defensive lineman (1985-90) for
Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falconsand Dallas Cowboys; played collegiately at SMU
The Feeder Schools for Lamar High School are Shackelford Junior High (which is fed by Pope, Butler, Wimbish and Speer elementary schools) and Nichols Junior High (which is fed by Ellis, Sherrod, Larson, Roquemore and Webb elementary schools).
* [http://www.arlington.k12.tx.us/Lamar/ Lamar High School]
* [http://www.lamarvikings.com/ Lamar Vikings Football]
* [http://www.aisd.net/ Arlington Independent School District]
* [http://www.soundsoflamarhighschool.org/ Lamar Instrumental Program]
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