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Opened in the fall of 2002, the $24 million Ravenwood High School (250,000 square feet) boasts 51 classrooms, 7 computer labs, 10 science labs, a TV production facility, band and choral rooms, art rooms, counseling center, state-of-the art media center, full production theater with seating for 450, practice gymnasium, full-size gymnasium, outdoor football stadium, soccer, baseball, and softball fields, tennis courts, cafeteria, retail center and bank. Ravenwood opened with 32 teachers, 7 staff and approximately 540 students.
Ravenwood High School is named after the historic family home of James Hazard Wilson II and Emeline Wilson. Construction began on “Ravenswood” soon after their marriage in 1821 and was completed in 1825. It was named after Sam Houston, the best man at their wedding, whom the Indians referred to as The Raven. (Sam Houston was Congressman, State Attorney General and Governor of Tennessee. He was the military hero of the battle of San Jacinto, which won the Republic of Texas its independence from Mexico. He was the first President of the Republic of Texas and later a US Senator and Governor of Texas.) Ravenswood, Oak Hall, and Inglehame mansions, all built by James Hazard Wilson, remain among the finest antebellum homes in Williamson County.