The school was named after Benjamin Smithson, one of the very first Texas Rangers, and an early settler of the area.
Smithson Valley High School opened in the fall of 1976 in rural central Comal County. Prior to its opening, students from the area were bussed to Canyon High School. As a “bicentennial” school, the colors were chosen as those of the flag: red, white, and blue.
The first graduating class numbered 71 proud Rangers, a far cry from the 570 seniors in the class of 2007! The campus on FM 311 was written up in Texas Highways magazine as one of the most beautiful campus sites in the state with its gorgeous views of the hills and valleys.
Due to the growth of the area, the “new” high school campus was opened in March of 1988 and the “old” campus became Smithson Valley Middle School.
In its early years, the extracurricular emphasis was on agriculture and building trades; now the school offers advanced academic classes as well as vocational offerings such as health science technology and hospitality.
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