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Judson High School
Address
9142 FM 78

,
78109

Coordinates29°30′35″N 98°18′24″W / 29.509634°N 98.306707°W / 29.509634; -98.306707Coordinates: 29°30′35″N 98°18′24″W / 29.509634°N 98.306707°W / 29.509634; -98.306707
Information
TypeFree public
Established1959
School districtJudson Independent School District
PrincipalRichard Mendoza
Staff186.84 (FTE)[1]
Grades9-12
Enrollment2,712 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio14.52[1]
Color(s)    Red & Grey
Athletics conferenceUIL Class AAAAAA
MascotRocket
NewspaperThe Fuel
YearbookThe Rocket
WebsiteJudson High School

Judson High School is a public, co-educational secondary school in Converse, Texas, United States, 15 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio. It was established in 1959 as part of the Judson Independent School District, and is currently classified as a 6A school by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). Judson High School is the second oldest International Baccalaureate World School in Texas, since 1985. The school and the District were named after Moses Campbell Judson, who served on the Bexar County School Board from 1918 to 1939. His nephew Jack Judson was on the board when the decision was made to name the new rural high school Judson.[2]

For a portion of its history up through 2010, Judson High School used a dual campus system wherein juniors and seniors attended the "Red Campus" and freshmen and sophomores attended the "Gray Campus." Previous to this dual campus system, Judson also had an atypical structure because it only housed grades 10-12 with the middle schools supporting grades 7-9. These structural departures from a typical high school system were due to efforts to accommodate the area's rapid population growth.

A single building now houses all departments with the exception of the agriculture facilities. All original buildings that made up the Red Campus were razed in 2011 to make way for new athletic fields and tennis courts, and the Gray Campus was re-purposed into Judson Middle School. The Judson ISD Performing Arts Center (PAC), constructed in 1998, houses the band, choir, orchestra, and drama classes. The PAC facility has a recital hall that seats 216 people, and an Auditorium that has 840 seats. The Judson ISD Performing Arts Center is physically connected to Judson High School via a vestibule.

Judson was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1999-2000.[3]

Before 2005 Judson was the only high school in the district. Karen Wagner High School opened in Fall 2005,[4] and in Fall 2016 the district opened a third high school, Veterans Memorial High School.[5]

Athletics

Judson's athletic programs have experienced state championship success in several sports amassing 10 state championships (6 in football, 3 in track and field, and 1 in basketball).

Football

The Judson Rocket football program emerged as a perennial power in the 1977 season.[6] Judson won its first state championship in 1983.[7][8]

D.W. Rutledge coached the Rockets until 2000 amassing a record of 198-31-5 taking the Rockets to seven state championship games, and winning four state titles.[9] The football stadium is named after Coach Rutledge in his honor.[10]

After the 2000 season, the team went to the state playoffs in nine of eleven seasons making three championship game appearances and winning one state championship.[11]

Mark Smith, formerly of Kerrville Tivy High School where he coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, assumed head coaching duties at Judson from 2012 through 2013.[12]

Sean McAuliffe, an alumnus of Judson High School and its football program, became the head coach starting with the 2014 season.[13][14]

Judson offensive coordinator Rodney Williams became head coach in May 2019.[15] In his first season Williams led the Rockets to a regular season record of 9-1, but the team lost to Lake Travis 48-35 in the Region 4 Final, finishing the season at 12-2.[16]

Judson has made it to the playoffs 42 times over 59 total seasons, advanced to the state semifinal level 18 times,[17] reached the state title game 11 times, and won the state championship six times.[18]

Judson holds the all-time Texas state record with 44 consecutive winning seasons from 1977 through 2020. The team last finished with a losing record in 1976 and is a combined 462-106-5 during the streak.[19][20] The previous record for consecutive winning seasons was 36 set by Plano Senior High School. During the current streak, Judson has won over 80 percent of its games, and the worst record in 44 years is 7-5 with a worst regular season record of 6-4 (happened 4 times).

Years Record Winning Percentage
1977 to 2020 462-106-5 81%
1962 to 2020 515-200-10 72%

Judson's season records during the streak from 1977-2020 are below.

Year Record Coach Season Result
1977 10-1 Sanders Lost in bi-district round to San Antonio Holmes 14-21
1978 10-2 Sanders Lost in regional round to San Antonio Churchill 14-30
1979 10-1 Sanders Lost in bi-district round to San Antonio Jay 28-0
1980 6-4 Arnold Missed playoffs
1981 7-3 Arnold Missed playoffs
1982 14-1 Arnold State semifinalist losing to Beaumont Westbrook 12-27
1983 15-1 Arnold State champion defeating Midland Lee 25-21
1984 11-2-1 Rutledge State quarterfinalist losing to San Antonio Madison 16-19
1985 12-2 Rutledge State quarterfinalist losing to San Antonio Holmes 29-30
1986 12-1 Rutledge State quarterfinalist losing to Austin Reagan 15-18
1987 9-1-1 Rutledge Lost in area championship to state semifinalist Fort Bend Willowridge 17-8
1988 15-1 Rutledge State champion defeating Dallas Carter 1-0 (Carter won game 31-14 but was later disqualified)
1989 14-1 Rutledge State semifinalist losing to Aldine 14-48
1990 14-2 Rutledge State finalist losing to Marshall 19-21
1991 11-3 Rutledge State semifinalist losing to Fort Bend Dulles 26-27
1992 14-1 Rutledge State champion defeating Euless Trinity 52-0
1993 13-0-2 Rutledge State champion defeating Plano 36-13
1994 10-3-1 Rutledge State semifinalist losing to Katy 19-42
1995 14-1 Rutledge State champion defeating Odessa Permian 31-28
1996 13-2 Rutledge State finalist losing to Lewisville 34-58
1997 7-4 Rutledge Lost in bi-district round to Austin Crockett 15-26
1998 14-1 Rutledge State finalist losing to Duncanville 21-24
1999 7-3 Rutledge Missed playoffs
2000 8-3 Rutledge Lost in bi-district round to Austin Westlake 6-35
2001 9-3 Rackley Lost in regional round to San Antonio Taft 13-32
2002 14-1 Rackley State champion defeating Midland 33-32
2003 6-4 Rackley Missed playoffs
2004 13-1 Rackley State semifinalist losing to Spring Westfield 14-28
2005 10-5 Rackley State finalist losing to Euless Trinity 14-28
2006 6-4 Rackley Missed playoffs
2007 11-5 Rackley State finalist losing to Euless Trinity 10-13
2008 8-3 Rackley Lost in bi-district round to San Antonio Stevens 12-14
2009 9-3 Rackley Lost in area round to Austin Westlake 17-43
2010 7-5 Rackley Lost in area round to San Antonio Stevens 27-33
2011 8-3 Rackley Lost in bi-district round to San Antonio Madison 24-25
2012 8-4 Smith Lost in area round to San Antonio O'Connor 28-34
2013 11-3 Smith State quarterfinalist losing to San Antonio Madison 29-33
2014 10-5 McAuliffe State semifinalist losing to Cypress Ranch 31-38
2015 13-2 McAuliffe State semifinalist losing to Galena Park North Shore 17-23
2016 9-3 McAuliffe Lost in second round to state quarterfinalist Austin Westlake 21-24
2017 10-2 McAuliffe Lost in second round to state finalist Austin Lake Travis, 39-47
2018 12-1 McAuliffe State quarterfinalist losing to state semifinalist Lake Travis 38-21
2019 12-2 Williams State quarterfinalist losing to state semifinalist Lake Travis 48-35
2020 6-3 Williams Lost in bi-district round to San Antonio Roosevelt 21-28

Basketball

The Judson Rocket boys basketball program has been a perennial contender under coach Michael Wacker. Judson has been to the UIL state tournament three times: 1992-1993, 2000-2001, and 2013-2014.[21] In all three instances, Judson lost to the eventual state champion. The Rockets finished the 2014 season with a record of 37-2, the best record in Judson boys basketball history.

Year Title Coach Season Result
1993 State Finalist Wacker Lost to Fort Worth Dunbar 74-64
2001 State Semifinalist Wacker Lost to Sugar Land Willowridge 67-64 (2OT)
2014 State Finalist Wacker Lost to Galena Park North Shore 57-45

Under coach Triva Corrales, the Judson Rocket girls basketball program has been to the UIL state tournament four times (2017-2020) losing to the eventual state champion in 2017, 2018, and 2020.[22][23][24] Judson beat Desoto in 2019 to claim its first state title in girls basketball.[25]

Year Title Coach Season Result
2017 State Semifinalist Corrales Lost to Duncanville 53-41
2018 State Finalist Corrales Lost to Plano 62-58
2019 State Champion Corrales Beat Desoto 49-46
2020 State Semifinalist Corrales Lost to Duncanville 45-36

Softball

The Judson Rocket girls softball program has emerged as a very competitive program under coach Theresa Urbanovsky. Judson made its first UIL state tournament in 2021.[26] The Rockets finished the 2021 season with a record of 35-3, the best record in Judson girls softball history.

Year Title Coach Season Result
2021 State Finalist Urbanovsky Lost to Deer Park 1-0

Track and Field

Judson track and field programs have experienced significant success having won 3 state titles. The boys team won the 2013 Texas 5A state track meet,[27][28] and the girls team won consecutive Texas 5A/6A state championships in 2014 and 2015.[29][30][31]

Year Title Coach Season Result
2013 State Champion Faught Won 5A boys state team title
2014 State Champion Gerbich Won 5A girls state team title
2015 State Champion Gerbich Won 6A girls state team title

Wrestling

The wrestling program has recent individual state titles in the 140 lbs. weight class through Aaron Walker (2010-5th, 2011-1st, 2012-1st).[32][33]

Notable alumni

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