This is a 1946 photo of Handley High School, which is located on the site where Jean McClung Middle School is situated today. Handley High School's building became Handley Middle School in 1959 while the high school was moved into a new location at 5701 Shelton and renamed Eastern Hills High School. Handley M.S. relocated to a new facility in 1980 at 2801 Patino Road where it serves students in grades 6-8.
Principals of Eastern Hills High School
Roy C. Johnson - 1959-1967
Marvin Harris - 1967-1982
Johnny Largent - 1982-1995
Dian C. Korman - 1995-1999
Glynna Torres - 1999-2003
Dean Pritchett - 2003-2006
Elodia Escamilla - 2006-2007
Dr. Jan Norton - 2007-2008
Dian C. Korman - 2008-2010
Cherie Washington - 2010-2013
Chad McCarty - 2013-2017 Katrina Smith - 2017-Present Under Construction
In 1959 Handley High School was closed to relieve the crowded conditions at Handley and Polytechnic High Schools. The first year Eastern Hills had 600 students who chose the traditions that would become a part of Eastern Hills. The name Highlander was chosen by a secret ballot as were the school colors, blue, gray, and white. The first principal of Eastern Hills was Roy C. Johnson who served the district until he retired in 1975.
New School Opens
September, 1959-1960 school year opened the new school with 600 students. Traditions were started and are still a part of Eastern Hills today.
Eastern Hills High School Today
At of the start of the 2017 school year, more than 1,200 students are enrolled in 9th through 12th grades on the beautiful rolling hillsides of Eastern Hills High School. In the last few years a synthetic turf field, library, expanded cafeteria, remodeled fieldhouse, and a new counseling center have been added to support the growing needs of today's Highlanders. In addition, in recent years a new girls' softball field was built in place of what was once a student parking lot on the southeast side of campus. The original natatorium (swimming pool) was replaced with what now serves as the Eastern Hills Fitness Center and athletic weight training facility. The center's shower and locker room space is currently being doubled to accommodate the growing number of male and female Highlander athletes participating in such outdoor sports as softball, baseball, soccer, football, cross country and track and field. The school also features a new stand-alone courtroom as part of a modern two-story classroom facililty to support the law and legal programs of choice as well as the fire science technology program of choice.