Billy Ryan High School

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Billy Ryan High School
Billy Ryan High School Raider Mascot.jpg
5101 East McKinney Street


United States
Coordinates33°12′41″N 97°04′33″W / 33.2114°N 97.0758°W / 33.2114; -97.0758Coordinates: 33°12′41″N 97°04′33″W / 33.2114°N 97.0758°W / 33.2114; -97.0758
School typePublic high school
MottoHome of Champions[2]
School districtDenton Independent School District
PrincipalVernon Reeves
Enrollment2,285[1] (2017)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)          Red & Blue
NewspaperThe Raider Review

Billy Ryan High School (Ryan or RHS) is a public high school located in east Denton, Texas. It is the second high school of the Denton Independent School District and classified as a 5A school by the UIL. The original building for the school was built in 1991 and was followed with an expansions in 1994, 2006, and 2008/2009 that added more space for the pre-existing technology and fine arts programs.

Billy Ryan High School's cross district rivals are Denton High School and Guyer High School, along with the newly opened Braswell High School and the schools compete annually in various events but most notably, the annual football game named "Battle of The Volt" against Denton High, the "Crosstown Showdown" against Guyer High, and the yet unnamed competition against Braswell High. The Battle of the Volt was last played in Fall of 2016 because the Raiders moved from 6A back to 5A. The Crosstown Showdown last happened in 2015 because of Ryan's move to 5A at the end of the school year moved up to 5A. The first game between Braswell and Ryan occurred in the Fall of 2016, and will happen again in 2017. The Raiders play at the C. H. Collins Athletic Complex, which includes an artificial turf field, and hosts Denton ISD's four comprehensive high schools as well as the five middle schools. The school also contains a black box theater, separate choir, band and orchestra halls, three gymnasiums, a library, lecture hall, and commons area used as a cafeteria and to host school events. The majority of Strickland Middle School, Myer Middle School, and a partial number of students from Navo Middle School students feed into Ryan High School.


Ryan High originally served as the replacement of Denton High School. Until 1994, all 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade students attended Ryan, while 9th-grade students attended the old Denton High School, transformed to become (temporarily) the freshman school center. By 1994, the Denton Independent School District (DISD) had considered establishing two high schools. In 1995, and above the objections of the Class of 1996 voiced at the decisive Denton ISD Board of School Trustees meeting to divide the school district, the DISD School Board voted to re-establish a high school at the old Denton High School building, creating two high schools to serve the district. However, the DISD School Board also allowed both the graduating classes of 1995 and 1996 to graduate intact. The last class to graduate as a unified Denton High School class wearing the Denton school colors occurred in 1995, as the Class of 1996 elected to graduate wearing the RHS colors. From 1997 onward, the DISD operated with Denton High School and Ryan High School.


Sports played at Ryan include:


The current head coach of the football program at Ryan is Dave Henigan. Formerly, it was Joey Florence. Under his guidance, Ryan won state championships in 2001 and 2002 and played in four straight title games from 2000–2003.[3][4] In 2013, Coach Florence moved up to become the district athletic director and was replaced by the current coach, Henigan, from Grapevine. Ryan currently has two freshmen teams (Red and Blue), two junior varsity teams (Red and Blue), and one varsity team.

The football team annually competes in a rivalry football match against district rival, Guyer High School, called the "Crosstown Showdown".[citation needed]

Ryan high has been nationally televised three times - once on ESPN2 and on Fox Sports Network, two times the Raider's opponent were the Southlake Carroll High School Dragons.[citation needed]


The Ryan High softball team was previously coached by Aimee Foutch. She joined the program as assistant coach for the 2003 season, leaving her position as an assistant coach with Sanger High School where, in 2001, she led Sanger to the 3A state title. Foutch took over as head coach of Ryan High softball program in 2004. After several dismal seasons, the Lady Raiders turned around in the 2007 season to become district champions and made an appearance at the state title game the same season. Both titles were firsts for the team. Coach Matt Buettner joined Ryan’s program in 2016, replacing Foutch. The Lady Raiders softball team plays at Tina Minke Field on the Ryan High campus.

Other sports[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Water polo
  • Golf
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

State titles[edit]

  • Boys Basketball [5]
    • 2000(4A)
  • Football [6]
    • 2001(4A/D1), 2002(4A/D2)

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Ryan Raider Band[edit]

The Raider Marching Band is the "Spirit and Pride of Ryan High School". All students enrolled in the Ryan band program participate in the Raider Marching Band during the fall semester. As a member of the marching band, students develop skills in musicianship, coordination, leadership, cooperation, self-discipline, and organization. Raider Band members enjoy participating in many fun events and trips together throughout the year. The band performs a variety of musical styles each year at marching contests and festivals throughout Texas and at all Ryan Raider football games. The Raider Marching Band has a strong reputation as a consistent finalist band and recipient of UIL 1st Division ratings for its superior musicianship and visually exciting field designs. The band has received numerous caption awards for outstanding winds, percussion, auxiliary, and general effect. In 2007, the band was Grand Champion of the John Parnell Memorial Marching Band Contest, 4th place in finals at the Golden Triangle Classic, and at the UIL Area A Marching Band Contest placed second in preliminaries and eighth in finals.

Students in the Wind Symphony are those who demonstrate the highest degree of musicianship and the ability to learn the most challenging wind band literature. The Symphonic Band is the nonvarsity first band in the Ryan band program. The Symphonic Band performs high-quality band literature that challenges students to develop their musical abilities. The Concert Band is the non-varsity second band in the Ryan band program and is composed of students who need to further develop their fundamental performance skills. Individual private instruction is also available to Ryan band students through the Denton ISD private lesson program. Through private lessons, students have the opportunity to study one-on-one with a teacher-performer with expertise specific to his/her instrument. All three bands perform concerts at Ryan High School and the local University of North Texas. The bands also travel annually to perform in festivals and venues in Texas, California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Mexico, and other locations. In 2008–09, the Ryan Bands accepted an invitation to perform in the Bands of America National Concert Festival in Indianapolis. The Ryan bands have consistently been awarded 1st place and “Best in Class” awards at national festivals as well as UIL Sweepstakes and 1st Division ratings at Concert and Sight-reading Contests. Students in the Ryan band program have been selected for positions in the TMEA All-State and All-Region Bands and many have earned First Division ratings in UIL Region and State Solo and Ensemble competitions.

In spring of 2017, the Ryan Raider Band marched in the Washington, DC, Memorial Day Parade as a representative of Texas.

Other extracurriculars[edit]

  • Drill team (Strutters)
  • Cheerleading (freshman, junior varsity, varsity)
  • Honor guard
  • Theatre
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Yearbook/newspaper
  • Student council
  • Art
  • Industrial technology

Notable achievements[edit]


  • UIL Literary Criticism- UIL 4A State Champions[7]
  • Ryan Raider Marching Band – UIL 4A Area A Marching Contest Finalist
  • Football – UIL 4A State Regional Semifinalist
  • Girls Soccer – UIL 4A State Sectional
  • Volleyball – UIL 4A State Regional Semifinalist
  • Girls Basketball – UIL 4A State Regional Quarterfinalist
  • Boys Basketball – UIL 4A State Area


  • Football – UIL 4A State Quarterfinalist
  • Ryan Raider Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band – Bands of America BOA National Concert Festival participants
  • UIL Academics – 4A District Champions in Literary Criticism and Current Issues and Events, 4A Regional Champions in Literary Criticism, Second Place in Current Issues and Events, Sixth Place, 4A State in Current Issues and Events.


  • Ryan Raider Marching Band – Grand Champion, John Parnell Memorial Invitational Marching Contest
  • Ryan Raider Marching Band – UIL 4A Area A Marching Contest Finalist


  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 4A State Champions (High Point Average)
  • Softball – UIL 4A State Finalist
  • Theatre – UIL One-act 4A State Finalist with performance of Marat/Sade


  • I-Tech —Texas TSA 5A State Champions (High Point Average)


  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 5A State Champions (High Point Average)


  • Baseball – UIL 4A Division I State Finalist
  • Football – UIL 4A Division II State Finalist
  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 4A State Champions (High Point Average)


  • Baseball – UIL 4A Division I State Finalist
  • Football – UIL 4A Division II State Champions
  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 4A State Champions (High Point Average)


  • Football – UIL 4A Division I State Champions
  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 4A State Champions (High Point Average)


  • Football – UIL 4A Division I State Finalist


  • Boys Basketball – UIL 4A State Champions


  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 4A State Champions (High Point Average)
  • Girls Soccer – Regional Champions, State Semi-finalist


  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 4A State Champions (High Point Average)


  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 4A State Champions (High Point Average)


  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 4A State Champions (High Point Average)


  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 5A State Champions (High Point Average)


  • I-Tech – Texas TSA 5A State Champions (High Point Average)

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Brian Smith – class of 2002 – former NFL player (Jacksonville Jaguars)[8]
  • Jarvis Moss – class of 2003 – former NFL player (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)[9]
  • Javy Guerra - class of 2004 - Major League Baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins)[10]
  • Austin Jackson – class of 2005 – MLB outfielder (Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers)[11]
  • Kelly Kraft - class of 2007 - professional golfer[12]
  • Mario Edwards, Jr.- class of 2012 - NFL football player (New York Giants)[13]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Ryan High School School Profile". Denton Independent School District. Retrieved 2007-07-24.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Dave Campbell's Texas Football, 2008 edition, page 362
  4. ^ The 2001 title was the first time that a UIL football championship game was decided in overtime (previously, in a tie championship game, both schools were declared co-champions).
  5. ^ UIL Baseball Archives Archived December 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ UIL Football Archives
  7. ^
  8. ^ Baby, Ben (October 18, 2013). "Football: Robinson gives Ryan full effort". Denton Record Chronicle. Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Baby, Ben (March 6, 2013). "Football: Denton native Jarvis Moss tries out for Cowboys". Denton Record Chronicle. Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  10. ^ Baby, Ben (March 17, 2014). "Ryan grad Javy Guerra designated for assignment by Dodgers". Denton Record Chronicle. Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  11. ^ Fraley, Gerry (October 9, 2011). "Home > Sports > Rangers > Rangers Headlines Tigers' Austin Jackson, Denton native, relishes playoff debut in Arlington". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  12. ^ Durret, Richard (May 16, 2012). "HP Byron Nelson nurtures local talent". Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  13. ^ Sherman, Mitch (June 9, 2011). "Super Mario". Retrieved November 8, 2014.

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