Williams High School
Lisa De La Cruz
School Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
School Colors: Blue and white
Motto: Courage is the hallmark of a warrior.
Year Opened: 1975
Phone: (469) 752-8300
Fax: (469) 752-8301
1717 17th Street
Plano, TX 75074
AchievementsRecognized Campus (2008-09); NCLB meets adequate yearly progress; Exemplar Grantee award winner from the Texas High School Project as Model for State in Exemplary Writing Improvement; State Humanities Teacher of the Year award winner – Jana Fry; MLK art contest first place award winner; Band UIL straight Division 1 Superior Rating in concert and first Division Superior Rating in sightreading; Wind Ensemble first Division Superior Rating from all judges in UIL concert and sightreading contest; Band UIL Sweepstakes award; choir superior rating at Director's Choice Music Festival; Orchestra Camerata excellent rating as well as philharmonia and sinfonia orchestra superior rating at American Classics Music Festival; and international science fair award winner.
Campus ProgramsHealth Sciences Academy; HOSA (Heath Occupations Students of America) pre-AP program; humanities; AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination); PAL (Peer Assistance and Leadership); LASER (Learn About Science and Engineering Research); Smaller Learning Communities Academic Teaming; Whiz Quiz; National Honor Society; Multi-Cultural club; student senate; Crimestoppers; yearbook; Communities in Schools; Destination Graduation; Boys & Girls club; and PTSA.
Parent Involvement OpportunitiesPTSA; booster clubs for band, choir, drill team, drama and debate; parents' network; PTSA monthly newsletter; teacher appreciation activities; public relations; fund raising; volunteers in school; and School Based Improvement Committee (SBIC).
Community/Business PartnershipsBank of America; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Plano; Boys & Girls Club of Collin County; Capital One; City of Plano; Collin County Community College; Communities in Schools; DCS Global; Heart Hospital Baylor Plano; Methodist Richardson Medical Center; Rotary Club of Plano; and Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital Plano.
History of Williams
Williams honors teacher, principal, and coach Thomas Howard Williams (1906-92), who gave nearly half a century of service to the Collin County schools. He was principal at several rural schools before coming to the old Plano High School (now the Cox Building) in 1936, where he taught math and was an assistant coach. Williams was head coach 1943-53, leading his teams to win several district and state titles. In 1953 he was named Plano High principal and, later, PISD business manager in 1968, retiring in 1976.
Williams High is the former Plano High School, built in 1961 for $993,590 and renamed after Williams following Plano Senior High's opening in 1975.