David Crockett Early College High School Day
On October 26, 2018, Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a Proclamation declaring it to be David Crockett Early College High School Day.
The Proclamation was read at the Homecoming Football Game that night, and again at the Crockett High School Open House on October 27, 2018.
Welcome to our 50th Year Celebration! In the five decades since the doors opened, our school has continuously grown in spirit, pride, and loyalty.
We're here to connect with all who have previously been associated with Crockett High School about our Celebration events. There are numerous ways to support and enjoy the festivities and share with all of Austin, Texas, and the world our pride and enthusiasm about the tremendous effect attending, working with, or being associated with the school has brought.
There are links on each page of the site in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage.
In Memory of Crockett Cougars
Those students, teachers, and administrators; our friends who were among us at Crockett High School in Austin, Texas who have since passed away are remembered on our In Memoriam webpage.
Cougar Pep Rally
September 13, 1968
WELCOME to our
50th YEAR CELEBRATION!
IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY
One of the terrible tragedies mentioned in the Proclamation struck on December 26, 1972.
Students, parents and chaperones traveling on one of two school busses to a religious retreat between Christmas and New Year's were involved in a terrible accident on a remote New Mexico bridge. Newspapers nation-wide reported on the tragic accident and an incredible outpouring of sympathy and support focused on our community.
Several thousand mourners attended a city-wide memorial service at the Municipal Auditorium (now the Long Center for the Performing Arts) on Saturday, December 30th. Attendees included Former President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, Austin's Former Mayor and Mrs. Roy Butler, family members, friends, and classmates of the deceased.
A memorial stone with the names of the thirteen Crockett students who died is located in the Courtyard of the school.
Woodlawn Baptist Church also has a memorial stone dedicated to all nineteen deceased. Those injured in the devastating wreck, travelers who were on the other bus, friends and family member gather together regularly to remember the event and their loved ones.
Healing comes for each individual differently. We still continue to ask "Why?" The bridge and road have been closed now. School bus construction has been improved to withstand forceful impact. Counseling for large groups of students is now readily available when schools are impacted by such a catastrophe. Those small steps are significant every time we vow to remember:
We will never forget the friends and family lost on that cold evening in 1972.