SHISD Mid-Week Message

Weekly Superintendent's Message for Spring Hill ISD

Rivalry Week

There is a lot of excitement in the air this week leading up to the SH versus White Oak game and with good reason. Coach Mercer and his staff have the Panthers sitting at 2-0. This year's team comes in with more confidence and has become very exciting to watch. To add to the festivities this week, SH Education Foundation hosted its annual Blue Out Pep Rally at Chick-fil-A. This was a great event and had the highest turnout ever.


Here are some exerpts from KETK on the game:


TYLER, Texas (KETK) - In a rivalry that has spanned decades, the Spring Hill Panthers will meet the White Oak Roughnecks for the 49th time on Friday night. "The Battle of Hawkins Creek" is always just that...a battle.

Going into Friday's contest, the Panthers are 2-0 on the season with victories over Troup (47-21) and Brownsboro (49-20). White Oak is 1-1 on the season with a win over New Diana (54-51) and a loss to Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School (39-29).

But, did you know the schools are connected by more than nearly 50 years of hard-fought games?

  1. Friday, September 15, 2017, will be the 49th time the Panthers and Roughnecks have met on the football field.
  2. The rivalry has been deemed "The Battle of Hawkins Creek."
  3. White Oak has won 26 of the matchups, while Spring Hill has been victorious in 22.
  4. There have only been two overtime games in the series. In 1999, Spring Hill defeated White Oak 39-36, while in 2014, the Roughnecks came out on top, 22-19.
  5. White Oak's largest margin of victory in the series came in 2015 in a 48-0 win, while Spring Hill's came in 1994, with a 34-0 win.
  6. White Oak ISD Superintendent, Mike Gilbert, was a longtime baseball coach and principal at Spring Hill before making the move to White Oak.
  7. Former Spring Hill Superintendent Mike Crossland was the basketball coach at White Oak before making the move to Spring Hill.
  8. White Oak High School Band Director Jason Steele is a Spring Hill graduate.
  9. Former Spring Hill High School head football coach and high school principal Gene King (1966-1975) is a White Oak graduate.
  10. White Oak ISD Assistant Superintendent Mitzi Neely is a former Spring Hill High School journalism teacher.
  11. Current White Oak High School principal Donna Jennings graduated from Spring Hill in 1977, where she was the Drum Major and Salutatorian
  12. Spring Hill's last district championship in football came in 2003, while White Oak's was in 2012.
  13. Spring Hill has had one undefeated season (1946).
  14. Spring Hill has never had a winless season, while White Oak has had one (1977).
  15. Spring Hill has had 26 total playoff appearances in the football team's history.
  16. Spring Hill's winningest decade was 2000-2009. (72-41)
  17. Spring Hill's Panther Stadium has a capacity of 5,844 and opened in 1981. Roughneck Stadium holds 4,500 people and opened in 1951. Spring Hill added turf in 2016 and a new video board in 2017. White Oak still plays on grass.
  18. Spring Hill has had three NFL players from their school (Chad Mackey, Barry Bowman, Brandon Carter).



Kickoff between the teams is set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, at Roughneck Stadium.

Junior High Culinary Arts

Junior High culinary arts students prepare a coffee mug chocolate cake as one of their first assignments. They chose a teacher or other staff person who they would like to share their creation with. The teacher / staff person offers constructive input after eating their chocolate treat. The mug is returned dirty so the students can also learn the proper way to wash dirty dishes.

Junior High Student Council Holds Back to School Dance

The Junior High Student Council held a successful back to school dance Friday, September 1st at the Junior High cafeteria. They raised over $1600. The money raised from the dance is used to adopt two families at Christmas.
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Spring Hill Tennis Moves to 7-1 on the Season

Spring Hill played their first district match against Kilgore. The Panthers battled hard in doubles taking a 4-3 lead. The team battled it out in some close and tough matches in singles. Sophomore Carson McNabb sealed the win for Spring Hill winning his match at #4 singles. By the end of the match, Spring Hill beat Kilgore 13-6, which brings Spring Hill to 7-1 for the Fall Season, 1-0 for district!

Congratulations Gage White on Being Named Offensive Player of the Week

Panther Football Wins 52-23 Over Troup in Season Opener & 49-20 Win over Brownsboro!

Multiple SH Cross Country Athletes Place in Backwoods Gallop at LeTourneau

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