Student Life

Students can now connect to their peers and teachers through their own personal portal page. On this page, students can find everything they need to succeed.

Student can view assignment postings, their calendars, and their grades, making it easier to stay organized and up-to-date. They can also access their assignment dropboxes, tests, teachers’ and classroom pages all from one central location.

Clubs, Organizations & Performance

Drill Team

Coach: Whitney Cook

Other Coaches: Jeniffer Milligan

If you love to dance and perform the Scarlet Sweetheart Drill Team is the program for you! Drill Team is a wonderful respectable program that teaches young ladies the purpose of dance, performance and leadership. It is a full year organization full of halftime performances, competition performances and stage performances! Please visit our website, for more information on the Sweethearts!


John Horn Student Success Team

Learn more about peer tutoring, visit teacher websites and find many more helpful resources to help you help be as successful as you can be at JHHS:

Student Success Team

Girls Who Code

Lead Sponsor: Alisa Patton

Other Sponsors: Angel Pantoja

About Girls Who Code:

Girls Who Code has over 90,000 member across the country. Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. This organization offers learning opportunity for young women to deepen their computer science skills as well as their confidence.

International Thespian Society

Lead Sponsor: Andrew Goldwasser

About International Thespian Society:

The International Thespian Society is the only theatre honor society for middle and high school students in the country. Affiliation brings credibility and distinction to students, theatre programs, and schools. It is a visible, positive symbol of the quality of your theatre program. ITS recognizes, rewards, and encourages student achievement and celebrates the work of students in all aspects of theatre—performance and production. Each student is honored on a national level and gains access to opportunities and resources beyond those of their school.

Environmental Helpers

Lead Sponsor: Greg Hill

About Environmental Helpers:

Environmental Helpers Club strives to bring awareness and cultivate eco-friendly and sustainable actions to create a better environment in our school. We also want to create a better environment in our school, community, and world one step at a time.

Junior World Affairs Council

Lead Sponsor: Greg Hill

About Junior World Affairs Council:

Junior World Affairs Council believes that in order to prepare the next generation of Mesquite residents to compete in the global economy, they need global competence skills to solve complex problems, create opportunities for all, and advance shared respect for human dignity. Students are transformed from observers into informed international participants by gaining global competency skills through educational programs focused on diplomatic leadership, civic engagement, problem-solving, and cultural intelligence.

Junior Historians

Lead Sponsor: Matthew Griffeth

Other Sponsors: Brian Brown

About Junior Historians:


The Junior Historians of Texas is an extracurricular program for 9th through 12th grade students. Students participate in chapter activities that enable them to discover and research history, both in the classroom and in the community. While encouraging the exploration and documentation of state and community history, the Junior Historian program creates opportunities for students to learn research, critical inquiry, analytical reading, writing, critical thinking, and debate skills. One of the objectives of Junior Historians is help students with their research project for National History Day. National History Day is a program for which students are given a theme to create a research project based on that theme based in history from their community, Texas, US, or World. While learning about history in a personal venue, these experiences also enable students to develop skills of formal writing, public speaking and presentation, media visual design, and public performance, among others. Finally, one semester each year the Junior Historians take a field trip to a different historical museum in the DFW area. This club is great for anyone who loves history.


Dual Credit English

Lead Sponsor: Megan Carlton

Other Sponsors: Alicia Upton (director of College & Career Readiness)

About Dual Credit English:

Qualified students who successfully complete dual credit English at Horn High School can receive credit toward their high school diploma while simultaneously receiving college credit through Eastfield College. English 1301 and 1302 can be transferred to all state colleges and universities in Texas and to some private and out-of-state universities. According to Eastfield College, dual credit students can “save money on tuition, finish college faster, and experience an easier transition to college-level coursework and college life.”

Student Leadership

Lead Sponsor: Michelle Griffin

Other Sponsors: Laura Thompson

About Student Leadership:

Student Leadership is a class/organization that does many things on campus. We are in charge of homecoming, fall festival, powder puff game, and help with Us vs Them game. We really help with anything that needs to be done around the school. We also go to our feeder elementary schools and help them with their reading initiative. You must apply, interview and be chosen to be in Student Leadership. We only take a few each year.

Leadership Council

Lead Sponsor: Noreen Shaw

Other Sponsors: Michelle Griffin

About Leadership Council:

Leadership Council are students in every grade that have the purpose of developing and executing programs and events for their class. Most programs fall into the category of building class spirit, community service, or fundraising for senior year activities. While building class spirit and cohesiveness is the primary goal, raising funds from programs and events to help defray costs of senior year activities is also important.

Student Council

Lead Sponsor: Michelle Griffin

About Student Council:

A Student Council is a group of elected and volunteer students working together with an adult advisor within the framework of a constitution or bylaws to provide a means for student expression and assistance in school affairs and activities, give opportunities for student experience in leadership and encourage student / faculty / community relations. Through projects and activities, student councils work to: PROMOTE CITIZENSHIP PROMOTE LEADERSHIP PROMOTE HUMAN RELATIONS PROMOTE CULTURAL VALUES A student council is a group of student leaders who work with an adult advisor to collaborate with others to impact their school community, which impacts their city or town, which impacts our state, which impacts our country, which changes the world.

Drone Interest Club

Lead Sponsor: Jerry Calverley

Other Sponsors: Brenda Allen

About Drone Interest Group:

DIG is an activity born in the John Horn High School Library's MakerSpace. DIG stands for Drone Interest Group and is open to all students at JHHS who are interested in flying drones and/or drone photography and videography. Meetings are Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Jag Library. There is no cost to participate, and newcomers or walk-ins are welcome. Anyone interested in joining the group or learning more about DIG can contact us at or follow us on social media:

German Club / German Honor Society

Lead Sponsor: Mrs. Ingram

Other Sponsors: Ms. Vargas

About German Club / German Honor Society:

Delta Epsilon Phi (ΔΕΦ) National Honor Society for High School Students of German recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of learners of German. The organization was founded in 1968 by Käthe Wilson at Coral Gables High School (FL), a devoted AATG member, to reward scholastic achievement in the study of German and to promote interest in the study of German language, literature, and civilization.

Student Eligibility. To be eligible for induction, students must have completed three semesters of German with a 3.6 grade point average in German and have an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Individual chapters may set additional eligibility requirements.


Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Lead Sponsor: Brenda Breedlove

Other Sponsors: Malory McKee, Michelle Jones

About Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA):

FCCLA is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as the central focus. Participation in state and national programs and chapter activities help members become strong leaders in family, careers and communities. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national Career and Technical Student Organization for young men and women enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private schools, grades 7-12. With FCCLA, youth learn how to make a difference in their families, communities, and future careers. Members learn important life skills such as leadership, planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision-making, and interpersonal communication!

Battle of the Books

Sponsor: Brenda Allen

Other Sponsors: Amy Burriss

About Battle of the Books:

The JHHS Book Club is comprised of an all-inclusive group of students who enjoy reading for pleasure and working together. Each year, the MISD holds a Battle of the Books competition between the five high schools. Students read from a list of 10 books from various genres and answer questions about the books as a team. The team with the most correct answers out of five rounds wins the championship.

Spanish Honor Society

Lead Sponsor: Amber Hernandez

Other Sponsors: Ruddy Mendoza

About Spanish Honor Society:

The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in Spanish and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies. Our goals include cultivating pride in the Hispanic culture, serving our community and educating our members about college. Some of the activities we participate in include the Mesquite Rodeo Parade, JHHS Hispanic Culture Night, visiting local museums/Hispanic organizations and raising money in order to give out scholarships to our seniors.

JHHS Aquatic Club

Lead Sponsor: Alan Warta

About JHHS Aquatic Club:

Aquatic Club was organized to supplement the class Aquatic Science. It tries to increase the working knowledge, respect, and love for the aquatic environment within the students. It is active in multiple JHHS school community programs and culminates in an annual working/specimen gathering field trip to the Texas coast where we utilize the things learned about the water, the community of organisms living within various aquatic areas, and techniques used to study these things, from throughout the year.

Business Professionals of America

Lead Sponsor: Fred L. Patrick

Other Sponsors: Amanda Early, Michelle Griffin

About Business Professionals of America:

Business Professionals of America is an organization that is laser-focused on the professional development and future of our youth, providing the tools, skills and experiences students need to compete, succeed and thrive in the business world.

National Honor Society

Lead Sponsor: Michael Berrier

Other Sponsors: Rebecca Wilburn

About National Honor Society:

The National Honor Society program at John D Horn High School is a community-service and leadership based organization. It holds most of the top ranking students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes. We do community service projects such as reading to Horn High School feeder elementary schools, picking up trash on the school campus and provide presents to designated Angel’s for the annual Angel Tree. Overall, our main goal is to give back to the community and strive to build the leaders of tomorrow.

Mock Trial

Lead Sponsor: David Smith

Other Sponsors: Mathew Griffeth

About Mock Trial:

Students in mock trial are given a fictional case and they play the roles of either “lawyers” or “witnesses” who must try the case. They learn the ins and outs of the courtroom and trial procedures and etiquette. In addition, they practice valuable public speaking, debating, and critical thinking skills. We compete against other schools in a regional competition every January and in smaller events throughout the year.

KPop Club

Lead Sponsor: Diem Nguyen

About KPop Club:

Our organization is a diverse group of students who call have a common interest in the Korean pop culture. Dancing to upbeat songs and coming together to bond over music.


Lead Sponsor: Natalie Vigdal

About Yearbook:

The Pride is a nationally recognized, award-winning yearbook. Students that are selected to be a part of the yearbook staff have the opportunity to document memories of high school that will last a lifetime. From photography, to writing, to design, these students get to experience a great deal of creative freedom while also producing a publication that will last forever.


Lead Sponsor: Natalie Vigdal

About Newspaper:

The Rosette is a student-run publication under the supervision of Adviser Mrs. Natalie Vigdal. The newspaper is produced by editors and staff writers who not only create print publications but also publish news on The goal of The Rosette is to deliver newsworthy and entertaining stories to the school and community.


Sponsor: Kristin Frias

About DECA
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Texas Prostart

Sponsor: Amy Petrawski

An enrichment opportunity for students enrolled in Culinary classes.

African Dance Club

Sponsor: Brittney Buster

Co-Sponsor: Maryanne Chiarelli

BPA (Business Professionals of America)

Sponsor: Fred L. Patrick

Co-Sponsor: Amanda Early

African American Heritage Club

Sponsor: Alnita McCowin

Co-Sponsor: Tracie Christian

​​​​​​​African American Heritage Club. Purpose of the club, to educate the student body on the heritage and culture of African Americans.