James W. Martin began his education career as an elementary school teacher in 1937 after graduating from North Texas State. He went on to teach at every level before becoming superintendent of the Arlington ISD.

During his tenure, Arlington grew from a district of three elementary schools, 1,300 students and 40 teachers to a bustling district of 23 elementary schools, seven junior highs, three high schools and a population of more than 30,000.

Mr. Martin served the school system for 31 years. Martin High School is the only high school in the district not named for a historical figure in Texas.

Martin died on December 4, 1997 at the age of 83.

4501 W. Pleasant Ridge, 76016

Year Opened: 1982

MHS Principals

1982-1985       Rick Berry

1985-1988       Doug Shouse

1988-1993       Steve Jacoby

1994-1997       Bob Windham

1997-2000       Steve Jacoby

2000-2001       John Moore

2001-2008       Laura Jones

2008-2011        Melinda Reeves

2011-Current    Marlene Roddy