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Arlington Heights High prepares for centennial celebration

Posted Jan. 20, 2020

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Arlington Heights High opened in 1920.

A celebration 100 years in the making is coming to Arlington Heights High School. The “School on the Hill” is gearing up to commemorate its first century as a Fort Worth institution later this year.

“We have some amazing alumni from John Denver to Mayor Betsy Price to Bill Paxton,” Arlington Heights Principal Sarah Weeks said. “When we look at history and some of the schools that stand out in Fort Worth, Arlington Heights is one of those schools.”

Weeks, in her seventh year as principal and 26th in Fort Worth ISD, is working with an Arlington Heights parent to gather ideas and support for the 100th-year festivities. She’s envisioning a weekend of fun, with alumni being invited back to an open house on campus. Input on the celebration will come from all corners of Fort Worth and beyond.

Arlington Heights, with an enrollment of about 1,900, opened in 1920. The current location houses more than 70 classrooms, a library, band hall, auditorium, gymnasium, cafeteria, workrooms and administrative offices. The red brick building also houses a state-of-the-art dance studio for its renowned dance program.

As much as the campus has physically changed over the years — Weeks noted the construction that has reshaped Arlington Heights and is still ongoing — one constant has been the students. There’s a proud tradition of Yellow Jackets making a difference locally and beyond Fort Worth’s borders.

Among the many politicians, actors, musicians, service members and athletes to grace the halls off West Freeway are Pete Geren, Tom Schieffer, author John Graves, football players Mike Renfro and Turner Gil, and wrestler Dusty Rhodes.

“I always say you can throw a rock here in Fort Worth and hit an Arlington Heights alum,” Weeks said. “It’s just been here forever. Many of our alums have gone on to do great things.”

Weeks hopes to make an announcement on Arlington Heights’ centennial celebration along with FWISD officials in the near future.

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