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S.P. Waltrip Sr. High Trivia and Highlights

 

  • Waltrip has the tallest flagpole in the area—when we opened it was the tallest in the state. Our original flag came from the nation’s capital and was brought by Mr. Waltrip’s friend and U.S. Congressman, Mr. Albert Thomas.
  • Waltrip was the first high school in Houston to have an original school song and it was written by Jon Enloe and Joe Stuessy, Class of 1961.
  • When Waltrip opened in the fall of 1960, there were 166 seniors, 288 juniors, 445 sophomores and 122 freshmen. The Band started with 56 members.
  • The first Issue of the “Tribune” was October 6, 1960, and they won Best sports writer in HISD 1960. We have had national merit scholars since the first class and eleven in one year.
  • We had the National Defense Cadet Corp from the beginning, now ROTC.
  • The columns in front of the school had no color but were painted bright red ine later years. The window panes were originally red to match the roofline that is red.
  • The 1961 seniors' gift to the school was landscaping, in the tradition of Mr. Waltrip. 
  • We had a bowling club from the beginning and it was the largest extracurricular club.
  • There is a strong rumor that there is a bomb shelter under the football field and if you think about it, that would fit with the history, as Waltrip was built during a time when this would be important for the community to have.
  • For the first 12 years, Waltrip won the Sportsmanship Award.
  • The Waltrip Band was the last band to play for JFK before his death and The Imperial Guard marched in the parade for JFK held in downtown Houston.
  • From the beginning, we had a number of organizations dedicated to leadership and service: High Y, Guard, NDCC, American Legion, Omega Chi Y, Tri Y, Hi Y, Student Council.
  • In 1966, Waltrip opened a new wing at the school. Pep Rallies were held on the porch roof, there were national and state honors for choir, art, and poetry, the Tribune won 1st Columbia Scholastic Press, and the Golf team won District.
  • In 1969, President George Bush ’41 spoke at the school. We had more national merit scholars, chemical scholar, state typing, choir, and Prep Bowl Winners. There was the basketball championship and we continued to win the Sportsmanship award.
  • Zoning was a hot topic in 1970 and we continued to compete on all fronts in the 1970’s.
  • The Ram was stolen by Scarborough during homecoming week in 1973. Waltrip won the Texaco Academic Challenge in 1989.
  • The Homecoming Parade tradition began in 1998.
  • In 2001, Waltrip was first recognized by TEA for the academic accomplishments and again in 2008, 2009. In April 2010, we ranked 4th in Best Urban High School for Low-Income Students in Texas and in the Top 6% of High Schools in America. Waltrip is one of only 6 HISD Comprehensive High Schools in HISD to achieve TEA Recognized Status.
  • As of 2009 graduation, Waltrip has 19,611 graduates. The highest graduating class was in 1972 with 762 and the lowest graduating class was 1998 with 128.