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Billy Ryan High School is a secondary school located in east Denton, Texas. It is the second high school of the Denton Independent School District. The original building for the school was built in 1991 and was followed with an expansions in 1994, 2006, and 2008/2009 that added technology and fine arts programs.

The current principal of the school is Vernon Reeves. The Associate Principal is Angela Ricks. Assistant Principals are Nicole May, Eldridge Moore, Francisca Ryan and Fred Younkman.

The school mascot is a Raider and the school colors are red, and white. Its crossdistrict rivals are Denton High School and Guyer 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 and the "Crosstown Showdown" against Guyer High. The Raiders play at the C. H. Collins Athletic Complex, which includes an artificial turf field, and hosts Denton ISD's three comprehensive high schools as well as the five middle schools. The school also contains a new 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, Navo Middle School, and a partial amount of students from Calhoun and Crownover Middle School students feed into Ryan High School.

Badass Teachers and Former Teachers



Sports played at Ryan include:

Cross Country

The Billy Ryan High School cross country is a very successful team. They are led by their coach Michael Pulattie and assistant coach Jayme Kiraly. Alex does not run cross country at Ryan right now, but he does frequent the halls. [3]


The current head coach of the football program at Ryan is Joey Florence. Under his guidance, Ryan won state championships in 2001 and 2002 and played in four straight title games from 2000-2003. 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" in what in arguably[dubious – discuss] considered one of the best high school rivalries in North Texas. The games in the past have usually had playoff stipulations on the line. This rivalry has actually been televised and is a fun game to watch.

Chen-Wen Lee was a student athletic trainer while she went to Billy Ryan between 2000-2004. She is currently an assistant athletic trainer at Midway High School. She is a 2008 graduate of Baylor University and went on to get her graduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Arkansas.

Ryan high has been nationally televised three times. Once on ESPN 2 and Fox Sports Network, two times the Raider's opponent were the Southlake Carroll High School Dragons.


The Ryan High Softball team is 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 lead 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. The Lady Raiders softball team plays at Tina Minke Field located on the Ryan High campus.


The Ryan High Ladies Soccer team is coached by Raiford Malone.

The Ryan High Boys Soccer team is coached by Robert Lamon.

Other Sports

  • Baseball
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Bowling- State Champions-2005?
  • Pocket Pool

Extracurricular activities

Ryan I-Tech

Ryan I-Tech is a project competitive student organization that competes at the regional and state level as a chapter of the North Texas Technology Student Association (NTTSA) and Texas TSA respectively.

Ryan I-Tech is the one of the most successful chapters in Texas TSA history since the club began in 1991 when the Billy Ryan High School opened as Denton High School—Ryan Campus. They hold record for most consecutive high point average state titles (6), most 4A high point average titles (8) and total high point average titles (12).

Student members develop skills necessary for success in the real world of professional careers such as architecture, engineering and photography . Students compete by entering projects including but not limited to architectural model buildings, photographs and technical drawings using traditional pencil and paper and/or Computer Aided Design AutoCAD software. During monthly club meetings, members are introduced to speakers from industrial professions to expose ==Ryan Raider Band==

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 2nd in prelims and 8th 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 non-varsity 1st 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 1st Division ratings in UIL Region and State Solo and Ensemble competitions.

The school's other extracurricular choices include, but not limited to:

  • Art Department
  • Band
  • BPA
  • Cheerleadering
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Honor Guard
  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
  • Industrial Technology (I-Tech)
  • National Honors Society
  • Orchestra
  • PALS
  • Renaissance
  • Strutters (Drill Team)
  • Student Council
  • Theatre Arts
  • And a variety of subject-specific clubs (i.e. French Club).

Notable achievements


  • UIL Literary Criticism- UIL 4A State Champions
  • 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)
  • Bowling State Champions


  • 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

Notable alumni of Billy Ryan High School include: