Stephen F. Austin High School


Austin High Alumni span three centuries and several generations, across the United States and around the world. We are scholars, community leaders, government officials, medical trailblazers, world-famous musicians, professional athletes, beloved entertainers, and so much more! Maroons are everywhere! We celebrate the history of Austin High -- the professional teachers who impacted our lives as students, the classmates and friends we won’t forget, the spirit and traditions of a thriving high school -- EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY AT AUSTIN HIGH!

Preserving the Past

Austin High School began as the “old downtown school.” Although it has moved six times since 1881, the school is still in sight of the state capitol building and continues to be the “downtown high school," serving a diverse population of Austinites. The Maroon spirit has not been lost even though the skyline has changed.

Founded in 1881, the school proudly claims more than 50,000 graduates. Graduation classes have formed bonds of friendship, later strengthened by 5-year, 10-year, 20- and even up to 70-year reunions.  There was – and is – something special about “Old Austin High.”


Inside the library, the Brian W. Schenk Archive boasts thousands of items, from school publications and curriculum materials, to uniforms and programs, spirit items, and personal scrapbooks. The archive exists to preserve and promote Austin High history. If you would like to donate items to the archive or schedule a visit, contact Sara Stewart at or (512) 414-7223.

AHS Alumni Association

Austin High alumni can visit the Alumni Association website at where alumni can stay informed about alumni events and create an account to update contact information and locate classmates.

Giving Back

Please consider making a financial donation toward the upkeep of our archive, student scholarship programs, or Dedication Day celebrations; or make a recommendation for an honoree for the Austin High Hall of Honor.

2018 Priorities for Hall of Honor Expenses:

If you or your business would like to donate to the Hall of Honor Activity Fund or Endowment Fund, please contact Mrs. Debra Windham ( Your contribution will make an impact in the lives of present and future Austin High Maroons.

(1) Dedication Day Operating Expenses

The Hall of Honor Student Committee is a club at Austin High. Our club is not part of the Austin High operating budget and we rely solely on fundraising and donations to put on Dedication Day. We have costs associated with printing programs, mailing invitations, equipment used for the Grand Assembly, plaques and medals for honorees, reception for honorees, and substitutes for our two teacher advisors on Dedication Day. ​

(2) Relocation of Hall of Honor into the Main Building

​Our Hall of Honor is currently located in the Performing Arts Center, tucked in a hallway where few students are able to view it. We are working to raise money to move the Hall of Honor into the main building in the open area outside of the main office. Our goal is for all students, staff, and visitors to view Austin High’s rich history and be inspired by our distinguished alumni, faculty, and veterans.  Please consider donating to this worthy cause or hosting an event with your business that would benefit Austin High’s Hall of Honor.​

(3) Scholarships

Through an application and interview process, members of the Senior Class are selected for induction into the Maroon Society. In 2002, Maroon Society recipients began to receive scholarship money from the Hall of Honor Endowment Fund to assist with college expenses.

(4) Awards and Elections

The Student Steering Committee of the Hall of Honor “builds” the files of nominees for the Hall of Honor.  We would appreciate contributions from former students and/or retired faculty.  Consider that favorite teacher from your years at school or a classmate who has gone on to do great things... tell us about them!

See more on the Hall of Honor page, under Nomination Process, to start a file or add to an existing one.


Updated December 2017