|W. B. Ray High School|
|1002 Texan Trail
Corpus Christi, Texas
|Color(s)||Scarlet & Silver|
|Mascot||The Fighting Texan|
W. B. Ray High School is a 5A secondary school centrally located in Corpus Christi, Texas and is part of the Corpus Christi Independent School District. The school is named in honor of CCISD school board president, William Benton Ray. W. B. Ray High School opened in 1950. Ray High School is particular noted for its Socratic method, a system based on teacher and student interaction, that promulgates discussion and inquiry-based learning in the classroom.
W. B. Ray High School one of 46 high schools in Texas designated as a World School by the International Baccalaureate Program. W. B. Ray High School is the only high school in CCISD which offers the International Baccalaureate Program and is CCISD's only program for Gifted and Talented students at the High School level, offering higher level academic courses that surpass Honors and AP courses in both rigor and difficulty.
With a student enrollment of approximately 2,100 students, Ray High School has an ethnic distribution of 62% Hispanic, 32% White, 5% Black, & 1% other (including Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Asians). The school's boundary area is varied in socio-economic strata, ranging from extremely affluent multimillion-dollar homes to multi-family complexes.
The school principal is Cissy Perez, who was named the State of Texas Principal of the Year in 2014 by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.
The school's motto is "Fighting Texans". The mascots are "Tex" and "Mary Lou." The school has a long time rivalry with crosstown Roy Miller High School. With the decline of enrollment at Miller, King and Carroll have become increasingly significant rivals, taking the place of Miller. Since 2015, the newly-constructed Veterans Memorial High School has become the most prominent rival school for Ray.
Ray's International Baccalaureate program graduated its inaugural class in 2013. Since then, graduates have been accepted for admission at some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world including Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Georgetown, NYU, Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford, Rice, Duke, the American University in Paris, and Dartmouth among others.
Ray High School participates in a variety of extracurricular activities. Clubs and organizations are available in academics, service, performing arts, publications, and special interests. Competitive sports for young men and women include basketball, baseball, track, soccer, softball, wrestling, football, cross-country, swimming and diving, golf, volleyball, and tennis. The school's award-winning Academic Decathlon and Mock Trial teams regularly advance to the state level. The Fighting Texan Band received a rating of 1st Division at their 2010 UIL Region Marching Contest, for their show, "Dracula", for their 2015 show entitled "Skylines", and their 2016 show entitled "Corazón Partido".
This school has a simple dress code: any color shirt & pants, but can not be showing anything. (stomach, etc.) Assistant Principals and armed police officers guard the main hallways in search of dress code offenders. In 2000, there was a push in the administration (led by Dr. Scott at the time) to ban flip-flops, but student and parent outcry and lack of support from teachers led to this being dropped.