• Just a little about BSHS . . .

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BSHS 1880-81

In the early 1800's, the railroad brought people to the area.  Two local men, S.W. Hilburn and J.W. Meeks, as well as citizen's of the area wanted their children to be proficient in the "three R's" resulting in the decision that the area needed a school.  In 1880, Buffalo hides and poles were used to create the first Howard County school.  It stood close to where the present entrance of Comanche Trail Park.

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BSHS 1902-21

The Big Spring Independent School District was perfected on Dec. 16, 1901.  A bond election was held and the old two-story building was moved from the grounds so that new construction could begin. The new brick building housed all ten grades.  it was called Central Ward High School.  The first official graduating class of Big Spring High School was in 1904. In 1907, a bond was issued to relieve congestion.  There were 120 high school students that were provided instruction from 4 teachers.  Big Spring High School published the first newspaper and annual in 1907. In 1909, the North and South Ward buildings were built and housed the elementary students.

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BSHS 1920-28

Big Spring ISD became affiliated with the Texas Department of Education during the administration of M.H. Brasher. The first part of a new high school building was built and the first graduating class was in 1917.  In 1924, a bond was passed and the junior high school was added.  This building later become known as Runnels Jr. High but was also known to many as Central Ward Elementary.

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BSHS 1929-51

Due to the discovery of oil nearby, Big Spring began to grow.  With the growth, a new addition was added in 1928. Central Ward High School was demolished and a post office was built in its place at the corner of Scurry and 4th Street.  Big Spring High School embarked on the apprenticeship training program (later called Vocational program) in 1935 and was one of the first to offer the half-day work program. During this time the high school added the auditorium and gymnasium.

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BSHS 1952-65

Big Spring High School was finished and students moved to the new building on 11th Place in March of 1952. District wide enrollment was up to 4,793 in 1952. The school district area had grown from 25 square miles to 101 square miles. In the picture, notice the variation from present day Big Spring High School.  The entrance was different and there was no band hall nor P.E. gyms north of the school. 

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BSHS Currently

Current view of BSHS December 2019.

Principals of BSHS

  • 1885-1901     A.M. Steele
    1901-1915     C.E. Thomas
    1915-1917     W.A. Mancill
    1917-1918     Norman St. Clair
    1918-1920     E.H. Poteet
    1920-1922     J.T. Reid
    1922-1923     A.W. Flaniken
    1923-1924     P.P. Brewster
    1924-1926     Norman Spencer
    1926-1928     T.F. Huggins
    1928-1939     George Gentry
    1939-1944     J.A. Coffey
    1944-1951     Walter L. Reed
    1951-1960     Roy D. Worley
    1960-1980     John F. Smith
    1980-1995     William A. McQueary
    1985-1987     Murray Murphy
    1987-2001     R. Kent Bowermon
    2001-2007     Mike Ritchey
    2007-2008     Bruce Wilson
    2008-2016     Mike Ritchey
    2016-2017     Erin White
    2017-Present  Mike Ritchey

Superintendents of BSHS

  • 1882-1901     B. Reagan
    1901-1907     S.E. Thompson
    1907-1914     A.D. Ellis
    1914-1915     S.E. Thompson
    1915-1917     J.W. Dees
    1917-1920     M.H. Brasher
    1920-1923     A.W. Flaniken
    1923-1928     P.B. Bittle
    1928-1956     W.B. Blankenship
    1956-1961     Floyd W. Parsons
    1961-1974     Sam M. Anderson
    1974-1977     Dr. Emmet McKenzie
    1977-1987     Lynn C. Hise
    1987-2001     William A. McQueary
    2001-2003     Murray Murphy
    2003-2008     Michael Downes
    2008-2009     Mick Stevens (Interim)
    2009-2013     Steven Saldivar
    2013-2017     Chris Wigington
    2017-2018     Johnny Tubbs (Interim)
    2018-present  Jay McWilliams