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Encyclopedia > Williams High School
Williams High School
Motto "Hail T. H. Williams High School white and blue. We'll ever look to you so loyal and true. Proud and courageous we will always stand. Warriors of Williams High the best in the land."
Established 1961
Type Public School
Principal Sara Bonser
Location 1717 17th Street
Plano, Texas
United States
District Plano Independent School District
Enrollment 1,706 students
Grades 9-10
Colors Blue and White
Mascot Warrior
Website [1]

Williams High School is a secondary school serving grades nine and ten. It is part of the Plano Independent School District, which uses an unconventional high school system in which students in grades nine and ten attend one of five high schools. Students in grades eleven and twelve attend senior high schools. Williams High School feeds into Plano East Senior High School. Flag Seal Nickname: An All-American City Location Location within the state of Texas Coordinates , Government County Collin County & Denton County Mayor Pat Evans Geographical characteristics Area     City 185. ... Plano Independent School District (PISD or Plano ISD) is a school district in Plano, Texas. ... Blue is any of a number of similar colors. ... White is a color, (more accurately it contains all the colors of the visible spectrum and is sometimes described as an achromatic color—black is the absence of color) that has high brightness but zero hue. ... A warrior is a person habitually engaged in war and/or skilled in the waging of war. ... Plano Independent School District (PISD or Plano ISD) is a school district in Plano, Texas. ... Plano East Senior High School (commonly East, Plano East, or PESH) is a secondary school serving high school juniors and seniors located in Plano, Texas. ...


Williams High School maintains a population of over 1,700. The school's current principal is Sara Bonser.


History

Virtually a landmark in PISD, Williams High School first served as Plano High School when it was built in 1961. That year the school included grades 8 through 12 and the total enrollment was 390 students. Enrollment grew steadily until the 1965/66 school year when it was 653. The following school year, the campus became a grade 9 through 12 school and enrollment dropped to 555. Two years later, Williams became a grade 10 through 12 facility with 627 students. A new senior high school was completed in 1975 leaving the Williams campus with 938 freshmen and sophomores. Enrollment numbers had reached its zenith in the 73-74 school year with 1712 pupils. Enrollment has increased over the years and as of the second week of the 2003-04 school year, enrollment has grown to 1633 young scholars.


Since its inception, Williams High School has experienced several renovations and additions. In 1961, $911,590 was paid to Avery Mays Construction Co. In 1970, an additional $1,100.000 went to KAS Construction Co. in an attempt to accommodate increased numbers. $279,968 went to Corgan Associates in 1975. JPJ Architects was awarded a construction contract in the amount of $6,116,400 in 1989. Williams High School underwent a $12,634,480 renovation completed July 2003. Currently, Williams is in the middle of another addition as the school population continues to increase. The 40,000 square foot, two-story Science Addition will contain 12 science laboratories accompanied by restrooms and storage areas. At a cost of $6,630,343., the new addition to Williams High School is scheduled for completion August 2006.


T. H. Williams, principal from 1961-1968, came to the district in 1936 as a math instructor and coach in the old Plano High School (now the Cox Building). He was head coach from 1943 to 1953, leading his teams to several district and state titles. A new Plano High School was built on 17th street in 1961 at a cost of $993,590. This campus was renamed T. H. Williams High School when the new Plano Senior High opened in 1975. Thomas Howard “Bill” Williams (1902-1992) was honored as a teacher, coach, and principal who had given almost five decades of service to educating youths of Collin County.


Former Principals

  • Barney Newton 1968-1975
  • Tom Moore 1975-1989
  • Debbie Saviano 1989-1993
  • Jeff Bailey 1993-1997
  • Dr. Willie Fowlks 1997-2003
  • Sara Bonser 2003-present

Achievements

  • Orchestra received "Sweepstakes Awards" at the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contests.
  • Orchestra performed at All-State level and received Superior and Excellent Ratings at the Local and State-level Solo & Ensemble Contests.
  • Top 4 winners of the district MLK art contest attend Williams.
  • Students at the Regional and State Science Fair.
  • Two students enrolled in TAMS (Texas Academy of Math and Science) at the University of North Texas.
  • Band received a First Division Rating at UIL Marching Contest.
  • Concert Band received an excellent rating at the UIL Concert and Sight reading Contest.
  • Concert and Symphonic Band received first division in Sight reading and an excellent rating on the concert performance.
  • Runner-up in Best in Class at the South Coast Music Festival in Galveston, Texas.
  • Four students on All Region Band.
  • Eighty-two students earned first division ratings at the Solo & Ensemble Contest.

 
 

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