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Westlake High turns 50

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Westlake High turns 50

AUSTIN, Texas – Westlake High School celebrates its 50th anniversary and Homecoming with several events beginning Friday. The weekend of events includes tours of the school, a former WHS staff lunch. an alumni association tailgate and culminates with the Homecoming volleyball game against Del Valle at 6:30pm and the football game at 7:30pm (SOLD OUT).

Saturday, the Eanes Education Foundation will host the Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Brunch, which will recognize:

Rich Riley ’92
Former CEO of Shazam & Co-Founder of HomePoint

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) speaks after an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The Saints won 20-14 to advance to the NFC Championship. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Drew Brees ’97
Super Bowl MVP-Winning Quarterback & Philanthropist

Alexis Jones ’01
Author, Activist & Founder of I Am That Girl & ProtectHer 

Outstanding Young Alumni

Matt Nader ’07
Advocate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness

Honorary Alumni

Toody Byrd
Longtime & Beloved WHS Guidance Counselor

The event will be hosted by KXAN meteorologist and WHS alum, David Yeomans, with guest speaker, WHS alum Alexis Jones.

A full list of 50th anniversary/ Homecoming events is below and attached. Westlake junior Ryan Mulcahy created the 50th-anniversary logo (attached) after a school-wide logo contest.

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

12:09pm – 1:45pm

Former Westlake HS Teacher Luncheon – WHS Courtyard
Former WHS teachers are invited to a free, come-and-go, live music event with lunch provided


Westlake HS Tour – Front entrance of WHS on Westbank Dr. (near stone marquee)

Alumni are invited to tour the campus, see old hangouts and hear about new student programs

5pm – 7pm

EEF / Alumni Association Tailgate – Across from WHS in Dr. Brian Smith’s parking lot

Free, come-and-go EEF event to gather, recognize and welcome alumni


Homecoming Volleyball Game vs. Del Valle HS – Competition Gym

Tickets required


Homecoming Football Game vs. Del Valle HS – Chaparral Stadium
SOLD OUT; reserved seating for alumni and former teachers

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019


Westlake Tour – Front entrance of WHS on Westbank Dr. (near stone marquee)

Alumni are invited to tour the campus, see old hangouts and hear about new student programs


EEF Distinguished Alumni Brunch – WHS Commons

EEF complimentary brunch (RSVP required) to recognize inaugural class of WHS Distinguished Alumni and unveil the new Alumni Wall with Founders Circle in the Commons. All alumni invited to attend.

For 50 years, Westlake High School has been lauded as one of the top high schools in Texas and the nation. The school was constructed after two contentious community elections proposed separation from Austin ISD and the construction of a high school dedicated to Eanes students. The first vote was in favor of the split, 708-564. After disgruntled residents challenged the election, another vote passed in favor, 1,000-601. In 1969, Westlake High School opened making Eanes ISD a K-12 school district. 

For information on the history of Eanes ISD and Westlake High School, visit

For information on Westlake High School’s 50th-anniversary events, visit

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