W.C. Stripling Middle School was constructed in 1927 as W.C. Stripling High School. The building was designed by Wiley G. Clarkson and constructed by K.H. Muse. The school was named after W.C. Stripling, founder of Stripling’s Department Store. The building is in an “H” shape and is 3 stories high. Above each of the 3 front doors are the inscriptions “Knowledge”, “Citizenship”, and “Character”. The school was converted to a junior high school in 1937, when the current Arlington Heights High School opened. In 1955, 8 classrooms were added with another 12 more in 1958, extending the wings to the west.
W.C. Stripling Middle School Motto:
Committed to Excellence
Principal - Amy Chritian
Mrs. Chritian has been in Education for 18 years and has been in administration for 9 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Math from Texas Woman's University and a Master of Education in Leadership and Policy studies from University of Texas at Arlington. She was previously an AP at JP Elder Middle School. 2017-2018 was her first year as principal of Stripling!
Assistant Principal - Brandy Sachs
Ms. Sachs has been in education for 17 years. She has been in the Fort Worth ISD for 9 years as a science teacher, physical education teacher and athletic coach. During the 2009-10 school year, she was in the Aspiring Principals Program and assigned to Stripling Middle School as an Assistant Principal in Residence. Now, Ms. Sachs is currently our Assistant Principal.
Education: Louisiana Tech University - Bachelor's Degree; University of Texas at Arlington - Master's Degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies.
Assistant Principal - Christi Stinson
Mrs. Stinson is a native of West Texas. She has been in education for 20 years. She began her career in Houston and has been in Fort Worth ISD for the past 16 years. During those years, she has been a biology teacher, physical education/health teacher, athletic coach, and data analyst/testing coordinator. She was previously an AP at Meadowbrook Middle School. She and her husband have one daughter and one son.
Education: Texas Tech University-Bachelor’s Degree; University of Texas at Arlington-Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Counselor - Suzy Dowdy
Ms. Dowdy started in the FWISD in 1973. She was a counselor at Stripling from 1982 - 1990. She then left the district to go into Private practice from 1991 - 1993 and moved to California from 1993 - 2004. When she returned to Texas, Ms. Dowdy was a counselor at Leonard Middle School from 2004 - 2007 and then returned to Stripling in 2007.
Education: Texas Tech University - Bachelor's Degree; Texas Woman's University - Master's Degree
Counselor - Mary Wichman
Ms. Wichman has worked for the FWISD since 1995. She taught Math for 5 years, then became a counselor for the next 3 years. After counseling, she became an Assistant Principal for 3 years, a Data Analyst for 6 years, and now she is back to counseling.
Education: Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) - Associate's Degree; University of Northern Iowa - Bachelor's Degree; Texas Christian University - Master's Degree of Education in Counseling and Administration.
Data Analyst - Gloria Harding
Mrs. Harding has taught at SMS for 12 years, her first year was in the language center, and all the rest have been in Social Studies. She was in the private sector for 20 years working in the oil and gas industry. Mrs. Harding also attended Stripling Middle School!
Education: TCJC - Assoc Degree, UNT - Bachelors Degree, Grand Canyon University - Masters of Education Administration