Sam Houston High School (Arlington, Texas)
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Sam Houston High School Arlington, Texas
Sam Houston High School
2000 Sam Houston Drive

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United States
Coordinates32°42?12?N 97°04?34?W / 32.703341°N 97.076229°W / 32.703341; -97.076229Coordinates: 32°42?12?N 97°04?34?W / 32.703341°N 97.076229°W / 32.703341; -97.076229
TypeCo-Educational, Public, Secondary
MottoIn the halls of Sam Houston, there are no strangers
School districtArlington Independent School District
PrincipalJuan Villarreal
Teaching staff222.54 (FTE)[1]
Number of students3,723 (2019-20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.73[1]
AthleticsUIL Class 5A
MascotThe Long Tall Texan
AccreditationTexas Education Agency
Newspaper"Texans Talk" Newspaper
Yearbook"Cherokee" Yearbook
The Sam Houston High School Tex-Annes in the 2021 Arlington Independence Day Parade

Sam Houston High School, located in east Arlington, Texas, is a public high school serving grades 9-12.

It is one of the six high schools comprising the Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, Texas. The current principal is Juan Villarreal.

The school is also known as Sam Houston HS, SHHS, and Big Sam. The mascot is the Long Tall Texan. The school colors are red, white, and blue.


  • Sam Houston HS became Arlington School District's second high school when it opened in 1963 for the fall semester.
  • The first graduating class was the Class of 1965.
  • The school moved from its original location on Browning Drive to its current location on Sam Houston Drive in 1970.
  • The first IB graduating class was the Class of 2011. Since then, the school has had the most students participating in the IB program of all the high schools in the district.
  • More than twenty students were awarded with the IB diploma with the Class of 2013.
  • The original Sam Houston campus was demolished in 2015.
  • As of 2017, Sam Houston is the largest high school in Tarrant County with over 3,600 students.[2] It is also one of the largest predominately Hispanic high schools in Texas.

Feeder Patterns

Anderson, Berry, Crouch, Crow, Knox, Patrick, Roark, and Thornton Elementaries feed into Carter Jr. High. Adams, Amos, Atherton, Goodman, Hale, Johns, Morton, Rankin, and Remeynse Elementaries feed into Workman Jr. High. Carter and Workman Jr. Highs feed into Sam Houston.


Sam Houston HS offers Dual Credit course opportunities at Tarrant County College, a local community college. This is in addition to the following Accelerated Academic programs:

AP (Advanced Placement) Program
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program
IB (International Baccalaureate) Program
TRIO Educational Talent Search Program
TRIO Upward Bound Program

Notable Alumni

  • Félix Enríquez Alcalá (class of 1969) - American film and television director.
  • Mike Adams (class of 1992) - Wide Receiver Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Mark Clayton - Wide Receiver Baltimore Ravens[3]
  • Damon Dunn (class of 1994)- American politician, minister, and retired football player
  • Trey Hillman (class of 1981) - Major League Baseball manager
  • Lisa Love (class of 1974) - Former athletic director of Arizona State University.
  • Guy Morriss (class of 1969) - Former center/guard (15 seasons) Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots; former head football coach at Baylor University
  • Charles Randolph ( Class of 1981) - Film and TV writer; Won the Academy Award for the "Big Short" 2015
  • M. David Rudd (Class of 1979) - President, University of Memphis, Internationally known psychologist, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology

The Long Tall Texan Award The Long Tall Texan Award is presented each year at the Sam Houston High School graduation ceremony every spring to the alumni who has positively impacted the SHHS community. Award winners include:

  • 2018: Melynda Brooks Merrifield
  • 2017: Sheila Ivy Young
  • 2016: Claudia Perkins
  • 2015: Eric Salas
  • 2014: Bobby Callas
  • 2013: Billy & Cheryl Stewart
  • 2012: Derrick Kinney
  • 2011: Judy Thomas
  • 2010: Bobby Hunt
  • 2009: Justin Chapa


  1. ^ a b c "SAM HOUSTON H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-17. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Gosselin: Arlington's Mark Clayton hoping for hometown Super Bowl". Dallas News. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2021.

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