School spirit & history


Garland Independent School District services the communities of Garland, Rowlett, and Sachse, Texas.

Garland High School is the original high school in Garland  ISD.  The G celebrated its celebrated 120 years during the 2021-2022 school year.  As the ORIGINAL, it is also the richest campus saturated in tradition and sense of pride that is obvious the moment you enter the doors. This is exemplified by the continuous participation of the Owl Alumni which was established in 1936.

GHS uses the #ChooseTheOriginal in all its posts because it is THE original and the best high school in GISD for it's unique personality, inclusiveness, sports, academics, and most importantly - HISTORY.  Owls are tied together through 120 years of comradery and fellowship.  

Enter to learn; go forth to serve.

Garland High School building in 1900

GHS in 1900

Sheet music for Alma Mater

Sheet music for Alma Mater

1909 Girls Basketball team players with coach

1909 Girls Basketball

1915 debate team members

1915 Debate Team

1918 Girls Basketball team

1918 Girls Basketball

1927 Football

1927 Football

120 Years of GHS

Mascot and school colors

The following is the "official" record on how GHS got its mascot and school colors straight from Homer B. Johnson. (1927-2021)

image and text of 1921 night owls

Becoming the Owls

"A school up north was publicized as being the best high school football team in the nation. They telegraphed Garland High and challenged them to come up North and play them. Garland didn't even have a team name. 

The night before all the football games, the team from Garland would go to SMU in Dallas and visit all the coeds, so they thought the "Night Owls" would be a good name for the team. The superintendent, the principal and the coach vetoed the name, so everyone finally agreed on "Owls."

Even though GHS never raised enough money to leave the state, they did get their name from that event."

Black and gold

"Greenville, Texas, which was a big city in 1923, was known as having the best high school football team in Texas. Garland went to Greenville to play and it was taken for granted that whoever won the game would be declared the state champion. There was no official play-off system in high school football in 1923.

Garland went to play and both teams were red, white, and blue. Greenville asked Garland if they would wear their practice jerseys which were black and gold. Garland agreed and they won the game, which is one of the biggest upsets in the history of Texas High School football and, since this time,  Garland continues to be black and gold."

School songs

Alma Mater - Mr. Carl Bolin (1924-2021)

Hail, Garland High School,
your glory behold.
We’ll e’er be loyal
To the black and the gold.
Our Alma Mater,
Steadfast you’ll always be;
We’ll cherish you
Through loss and victory

Across the Field

Send the team across the field
And show them that GARLAND is here!
Set the stands reverberating
with a mighty cheer,
Hit them hard and see how they fall
Never let that team get the ball!
Hail, Hail, the gang’s all here
And we’re all for the GARLAND OWLS!

Fight Song

Here’s to Garland High School
She’s tried and true
Ever we’ll back her
In what she may do.
Rah! Rah! Rah!
See the foe is trembling,
Trembling with fear,
So come and push, pull
For Garland with cheer on cheer.