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South Garland High School

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South Garland High School
600 Colonel Drive

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Coordinates32°52′18″N 96°37′06″W / 32.8717°N 96.6184°W / 32.8717; -96.6184
School typePublic High school
Motto"A Tradition in Excellence"
School districtGarland Independent School District
PrincipalEarl Gilmore[1]
Staff154.20 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment2,192 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio14.22[2]
MascotThe Colonel
WebsiteSouth Garland High School Website

South Garland High School (SGHS) is a secondary school located in Garland, Texas. The school is part of the Garland Independent School District. The mascot for SGHS is the "Southern Colonel," and the school colors are red and Columbia blue. In 2009, the school was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]


South Garland High School opened in 1964. It was the second public high school to open in Garland.[4]


South Garland High School offers a variety of AP(Advanced Placement) and Dual Credit courses that allow them to enroll in freshmen courses and earn college credits at a local institution of higher education. These classes include: Advanced Placement(AP)

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Principles of Computer Science
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Government and Politics: United States
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Physics 1
  • Spanish Language and Spanish Literature
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Art History

Dual Credit

English Language, English Lit, Pre-Calculus On Ramps, Biology AP, Electronics I, Electronics II, Auto Tech, Fashion Marketing, Advertising, BCIM, Accounting, FTI I, FTI II

Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, South Garland will be partnering with Eastfield College to offer Early College High School to approximately 150 students each school year, allowing them to graduate with an associate degree and up to 60 college credits while in high school at no cost.[5]


In 1991 a black activist named Melvin "A'Vant" Thomas picketed the school since it had a flag resembling the battle flag of the Confederate States of America; for a period of almost two years he had written numerous letters to the GISD school board asking them to remove the mural.[6]

Until the early 1990s, a Confederate flag was the predominant image in the school shield. A group of students voted against changing the school flag in August 1988 with African American resident M.T. A'Vant (formerly Melvin Thomas), protested. [7] A'Vant ended his protests in April 1991.[8]

A group of South Garland High School parents developed a multiracial committee that same year to discuss the symbols and traditions they considered offensive that continued to be used by the school, including its fight song. The group met about 12 times before making a proposal to the school board in the summer of 1991. The group reached a compromise with the board members on only two items.[8]

The Garland independent school Board voted 6 to 1 at its August 1, 1991, meeting, to discontinue use of the altered Confederate flag as the school flag and to also change the color of the mascot's uniform from gray to blue and red. The sole dissenting vote was cast by Randy Clark, who maintained that he was voting as his constituents had advised him. The president of the local chapter of the NAACP said the issue would not be over unless all symbolism referring to the Confederacy, including the fight song and a plantation mural, were removed.[8]

At the start of the 1991–92 school year, a contest was held to replace the flag. The crossed sword design was chosen by the student body to replace the rebel flag.[9]

The sign outside South Garland High School was later changed to reflect the changes in the school flag and mascot.

In 2015 the GISD school board agreed to remove symbolism reminiscent of the Confederacy.[10]

In 2020, the Garland ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to retire the Colonel mascot in favor of a new one following the approval of a $1.6 million rebrand.


South Garland High School has had a strong history of sports, especially in its football team. South offers the following sports to its students: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Power Lifting, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track/Cross Country, and Volleyball. South belongs to the UIL Class 5A for the 2013–2014 school year, and will be put into UIL Class 5A Region 2 District 12 for the 2014–2015 school year, the only school in the Garland Independent School District to not be moved into UIL Class 6A for the 2014–2015 school year, moving back up to UIL Class 6A only two years later. South currently belongs in UIL Class 6A for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Colonels have been in the state football playoffs 16 times, in 1970, 1973, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.[11] The team made it to the playoffs for an eighth consecutive year in 2010. [12] [13] Among the notable athletes who are South Garland alumni is Jerry Sanders.[14]

The Lady Colonels Varsity Volleyball team were in the Playoffs back in 2001–2003 and 2009.

The Boys Varsity Basketball team made the playoffs the last 3 years (2017-2019) and advanced to the 2018 UIL State Semi-Finals under Coach Parker.[15]

The Boys Soccer Team made the playoffs the last 4 years (2011–2012) under Coach Bueno and (2012–2015) under Coach Falloure.

Lisa McCorstin, who excelled in track in the 1970s, was inducted into the district's sports hall of fame.[16]

Extracurricular Activities

•Band •Choir •Theatre •Drill Team (Varsity: Southern Belles, Non-Varsity: Dixie Darlings) •Art •Cheerleading •E-Sports Gaming League

Signature Programs

Cosmetology, Welding, Autobody Collision Repair and Auto Technology

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ SchoolCode=SGHS. Retrieved on January 19, 2007
  2. ^ a b c "S GARLAND H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  3. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "School Spirit & History." South Garland High School. Retrieved on February 9, 2016.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Singh, Lisa. "Back in black." Dallas Observer. Thursday May 4, 2000. Retrieved on July 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Dallas Observer (May 4, 2000). "Back in Black". Retrieved October 3, 2007.
  8. ^ a b c Bohem, Rachel. "School to drop Confederate symbols Board rejects South Garland High banner, mascot color," Dallas Morning News, August 2, 1991.
  9. ^ Bohem, Rachel. "S. Garland students to design new flag," Dallas Morning News August 15, 1991, p. 1Z.
  10. ^ "What they said: Confederate symbolism removed at South Garland High School." The Dallas Morning News at Sun Times. August 12, 2015. Retrieved on June 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Texas Football
  12. ^ "South Garland: Elation from frustration". November 9, 2007.
  13. ^ UIL 2007–2008 State Football Playoffs
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^ Garland schools hall of fame
  17. ^ "Mike Hambrick". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  18. ^ "Terror Suspect Grew Up in Broken North Texas Home". KDFW. July 29, 2011. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2011.

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