Douglas MacArthur High School (San Antonio, Texas)

Douglas MacArthur High School (San Antonio, Texas)
Douglas MacArthur High School
2923 MacArthur View
San Antonio, Texas 78217
Coordinates 29°31′44″N 98°26′30″W / 29.529006°N 98.4416°W / 29.529006; -98.4416Coordinates: 29°31′44″N 98°26′30″W / 29.529006°N 98.4416°W / 29.529006; -98.4416
School type Public, High School
Motto Fide et Opera (By Faith and Works)
Founded 1950
School district North East ISD
Principal Peter Martinez (as of 2011-2012 school year)
Assistant principals Amy Sirizzotti, Daniel Moczygemba, Terry Peel, P.J. Valdez, Dennis Rudnick, and Kay Woltersdorf.[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,579 [2]  (2011-2012)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and White          
Mascot Brahma
Feeder schools Garner Middle School
Driscoll Middle School
Bradley Middle School
Rival schools Churchill High School
Reagan High School
Madison High School
UIL Classification 5A

Douglas MacArthur High School (commonly MacArthur or Mac) is a public secondary school in a northeast suburb of San Antonio, Texas in the United States. The school, a part of the North East Independent School District serves students in ninth grade through twelfth grade, with admission based primarily on the locations of students' homes. The school serves portions of San Antonio and the portion of Terrell Hills within NEISD.[3][4]



MacArthur High School was the first high school in the North East Independent School District. It was established in 1950 as North East Rural High School, but was later renamed after Douglas MacArthur in the 1958-1959 school year after the opening of Robert E. Lee High School.

The campus was composed of separate academic buildings spread out over 37.8 acres until 1999 when the school underwent major construction. All buildings were demolished, except for the auditorium, cafeteria, and fine arts building, which were renovated. A new gymnasium was constructed as well as a new main building, consisting of four wings, each three floors tall, with an open air courtyard in the center. The combining of the academic buildings allowed for the addition of several new athletic fields. The Track at the school was renovated in the summer of 2008.

The school's athletic and other organizations have seen many successes with district, regional, and state appearances and championships. The school has achieved notable recognition in recent years for its UIL Academic teams, with both teams and individuals placing at the state level in science, current events, and social studies competitions, and a 2007 TMSCA State Championship in science. On a national level, MacArthur physics students have placed consistently in the top 15 in the JETS TEAMS Engineering Competition. The school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 1988-1989.[5]

MacArthur letter

General Douglas MacArthur sent a letter to the school in January 1964 after a birthday celebration in his honor. The letter is located on the first floor in the administration department.

Extracurricular activities

MacArthur's football team has made one appearance in the UIL State 5A Championship game in 1998. MacArthur had lost on December 12 to Katy High School 14-6. However, Katy's win was forfeited for using an ineligible student during the regular season[6]. Given hours to prepare, MacArthur played in the state title game but lost to Midland Lee 54-0[7]. The current head football coach of the school is Ben Cook.

The Boys Cross Country team placed second behind Churchill in the district cross country meet on November 1, 2008. One runner from MacArthur placed third in the individual division at the District meet.The team finished in 14th place in the Region IV-Meet. Also one female runner the cross- country team qualified in the top 10 individual division to qualify for the Region IV meet on November 1, 2008.

MacArthur High School also has a very active fine arts program with one of the highlights being the Marching Band known as "the Big Blue Marching Machine". The MacArthur marching band has stood for excellence for over 37 years now. The band has a 27 year record of Superior UIL Sweepstake Awards in marching, concert and sight-reading. The band has been winners of major music contests in Texas, Florida, and California. The band won two State Marching Band Championships in Class 5A, one in 1984, and the other in 1985. In addition, the theater department at MacArthur High School has been outstanding for many years, and won the UIL One Act Theater competition for many years, under the leadership of Charles Jeffries, Luis Munoz, Jerry Knight, and Molly Risso.

In 2007, the Brahmadoras varsity dance team WON nationals in the kick category at NDA nationals in orlando florida

In 2009, the Varsity Cheerleaders won the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championship in the Small Varsity category.

In 2010, the Varsity Football Team won the title of District Champions.


MacArthur High School houses the Electrical Systems Technology Program for students interested in the electrical industry. The program has been established as a Technical Apprenticeship Program (TAP) in conjunction with the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. Students have the opportunity to earn apprenticeship hours while they are in high school. They Learn Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Motor Control Wiring, as Well as State Local and National Electrical Codes, and many continue to work for many of the local electrical contractors such as Five Point Electric, Calcote Electric and many others.

Notable alumni


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