Welcome to Go Inside: Exploring Texas Culture! Brought to you by First Choice Power, this series will explore the legends and history that make up the meat and bones of the Lone Star State. Specifically, we’ll share our favorite indoor attractions to visit, which includes the great museums and quirky cultural outposts that fill the Texas landscape.
As fall approaches here in Texas and schools return to session, the engine that is Texas football begins to rev up! There is no other state whose programs and passion rival that of the Texas’ high school football scene.
Friday Night Lights is a tradition here in the Lone Star State, a time when families gather on bleachers to watch their children play ball, cheer, play in the band, and take the game in as spectators.
It’s a way of life, and is the center point of a small town social life. It’s also where dreams begin and stars are made.
Dive into Friday Night Lights by taking in a game at one of these high schools. They’ve each won a state title, have a proven track record, and have all the glitter and guts that one can expect at a high school football game.
Katy High School, Katy
Step into any local store full of homemade trinkets in Katy, and you’ll see nothing but tiger themed items colored red and white, representing the town’s passion and pride for their Katy Tigers.
Located about 30 miles west of Houston, Katy is one of Houston’s proudest high school football teams and with the building of their new stadium, the tradition of Friday Night Lights is about to be a staple in the area.
Opened in 1898 to serve the children of rice farmers, Katy High School has produced it’s fair share of celebrities too, including actress Renee Zellweger, country star Clint Black, and most notably, the Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback, Andy Dalton.
The Katy High School football team has 8 state championships, most recently in 2016.
The year 2017 saw the unveiling of the most expensive high school football stadium in the nation, Legacy Stadium, totaling an estimated $70.3 million to build. It will, however, be used by more than just students from Katy High School. More than 77,000 students from 8 schools total will use the new facility.
Lake Travis High School, Austin
20 miles west of Austin and near Lake Travis, Lake Travis High School is home to the Cavaliers, the first football program in Texas to have won five straight state championships.
In 2016 they won their sixth state championship. As of 2006, lake Travis High School was home to the largest high school weight training room in the nation. Everything is indeed bigger in Texas high school weight rooms!
Allen High School, Allen
Located in a suburb north of Dallas, Allen High School holds one of the top high school football programs in the state with playoff berths in every season since 2001. In 2014, the Allen Eagles became the fourth high school in state history to win the state championship 3 years in a row while being the first to do so in the state’s largest classification for school size.
With the program’s success and popularity, coupled with the size of the Allen High School, the school was allotted permission to build an 18,000 seat stadium for the team, costing nearly $60 million. The new stadium opened for the 2012 football season, however cracking in the concrete made it unsafe for use and saw it close in 2014.
With another $10 million in repairs, the stadium reopened in June 2015. Despite the team being unable to play a single home game in 2014, they played every game on the road and still kept an undefeated record. The local media gave them the nickname “Road Warriors” as a result.
Trinity High School, Euless
Notable as the most diverse public high school in Texas and the fifth most diverse public high school in the nation, Trinity High School is named so as an homage to the three cities its school district is located in Bedford, Hurst and Euless. The Trinity River also borders the school district.
The Trinity Trojans have won three Texas 5A Division 1 State Championships three times in the past 12 years. Located between Fort Worth and Dallas, the Trojans long time rival has been the aforementioned Allen Eagles.
The drill team, the athletes playing their hearts out, the live school band, and the roar of the crowd, are just a few reasons to pack up the family next Friday night and head out to support your local high school team!