Southwest High School was established in the fall of 1967 and first opened in January 1968 when the student body transferred from temporary facilities at Paschal High School. Since 1968, thousands of changes have taken place in the school, city, state, country, and world. At the time it first opened its doors Southwest was in a new neighborhood adjacent to ranch land, serving a 20-year-old neighborhood that bordered its back fence. The student population reached the 2,000 mark within a year, peaking at approximately 2,400. Today Southwest is just one of the thirteen Fort Worth ISD high schools in a city of more than 700,000 residents. Over the past decades Southwest High School has integrated, expanded, had hundreds of teachers, and thousands of students. Southwest has consistently led the district in all aspects of academic life over the past thirty-six years even though no data of any kind is cited to support this wild claim.
The school mascot was originally a Confederate Rebel and was later changed to the Raider because of complaints by community leaders and to better represent the diverse student body. The school's colors are cardinal red, royal blue, and white.
In recent years, Southwest Raider football, led by Coach Lanny Trammell, has gone undefeated in district games and advanced to playoff games. In the 2006-07 school year, the football team lost to the Stephenville Yellow Jackets in the first round of playoffs and in the 2007-08 year, the team lost to the Aledo Bearcats. The 2010 football season led to the Raiders' first playoff win in school history. The Raiders played Springtown High School in the first round and won by scoring a touchdown in the final seconds of the game 38-37. In 2012 the Raiders, still under head coach Lanny Trammell, advanced two rounds beating the Everman Bulldogs on a touchdown pass thrown by WR Robert "Robbie" Rhodes then advancing to meet Rider in Wichita Falls in a hard fought game ending with Rider advancing.
In 2007, the Southwest Raider basketball team, coached by Scott Gray, put Southwest on the state map. The team advanced to the state championship game against South Oak Cliff High School, but lost by a score of 80-77.
The Raiders baseball team has advanced to the playoffs for the last 20 consecutive years. In 2009, varsity baseball coach Michael Thompson earned his 400th win as Southwest High's baseball coach. Coach Michael Thompson retired after the 2010 season with a winning record, the Raiders beat the Crowley Eagles outscoring them almost 50 to 5 in the series. The Raiders went on the play the Rider Raiders and forced them to the third game of the series but couldn't pull through in the end. In 2011, the Raiders brought in new coach Frankie Gasca, a Southwest alumnus of the class of 1998. The Raiders played the Birdville Hawks for the first round of state playoffs and beat them in the last inning of the game. The Raiders played the Waco Midway Panthers, the second-ranked team in the state, but dropped the first two games of the series.
The Southwest boys track team is known for its speed which is mildly helpful in Track. In 2012 under head coach, James Mott, the relay team of Scooter Williams, Willie Robinson, Wesley Harris, and Robbie Rhodes won the 4a 4 x 1 Texas State Championship. That same year, the same relay team finished 2nd in the 4 x 2 while Robbie won the 200m run. Ned Smith took over the head track position in 2013 and led his squad to the school's first ever regional championship and a 3rd straight trip to the state meet.
In the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years, the Southwest High School A Cappella choir earned three first divisions on stage and two first divisions and one second division in sight singing for the University Interscholastic League's concert/sightsinging contest. In the 2010-2011 school year, Southwest's A Cappella choir was the only high school choir in FWISD to receive sweepstakes awards at the UIL competition. In the 2012-2013 school year, the A Capella choir was, again, the only FWISD high school choir to receive a sweepstakes at the UIL competition. The choir is directed by Deborah Pesnell.
In recent years, the Southwest Raider band has earned numerous first divisions and awards in UIL, TMEA, and other contests across the state. Each year, many students make the district and region bands. Some advance to the area competition where they audition for state.
The Southwest Wind Ensemble placed third in the 2007 TMEA State Honor Band competition and fifth in the same contest in 2009 being the only band in class 4A to repeat finalist status in those two years. The competition was held among 4A finalists from the regions across the state of Texas. Southwest actually tied for second place but came in third after the tie-breaker rules were applied. This honor makes Southwest the first school ever in the history of the FWISD to advance to state finals in competition.
In the fall of 2009, the Southwest Raider Marching Band advanced to compete at the state level in San Antonio, Texas which is an accomplishment that no other FWISD school has ever achieved in the history of UIL. The following winter, the band set a new ISD record with 12 students advancing to state finals for individual competition.
Students create original Rock, Hip-Hop, Pop, EDM, Gospel, and beyond in the state-of-the-art Southwest H.S. studio under the supervision of CAM Director Marco Petrilli. Music and info available at Southwest CAM and facebook
The Southwest Orchestra is currently under the direction of David Fernandez. Mr.Fernandez is a cello player and started teaching at southwest during the 2014-2015 school year. He also directs the Wedgwood Middle School and Wedgwood 6th Grade orchestras.
In December 2006, the orchestra suffered a severe loss. The longtime director, David Brown, died of complications suffered in a car accident.
Students in this program develop a solid foundation in the basics of engineering and much more. Students explore engineering and technology in the dynamic field of energy, where they participate in oil and natural gas production computer simulations. They also go outside the classroom and observe a university’s engineering department, meet with key individuals from various engineering fields, participate in engineering competitions, and hone skills in public speaking. Students use technology and software related to the engineering industry. The capstone of the program is the opportunity to earn a summer externship at the end of the junior year. It is an invaluable experience that provides important connections in the industry and the chance to earn college scholarships.ACE
African-American Culture Club
Concerned Senior Girls
Contemporary Academy of Music
Hispanic Heritage Club
National Honor Society
Student Council (the only student council in the Fort Worth ISD that received the Outstanding Student Council award)
Oliver Miller, former NBA basketball player
Nicole Kubes, Olympic Judo competitor
Phoebe Strole, cast member of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening
Brandin Lea, former lead singer of Flickerstick
Marcos A. Rodriguez, Cuban-born entrepreneur and broadcaster
Brandon Finnegan, professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
Hazel Harvey Peace