Fort Worth's Ultimate High School Prank Marks Its 50th Anniversary
This is the Ultimate High School Prank. In November 1963, Fort Worth’s Paschal High School students and alumni conducted an elaborate attack on an Arlington Heights High School spirit rally at Benbrook Lake. They used lead pipes, whips and Molotov cocktails on the crowd. An alum flew a plane over the crowd, dropping rolls of school-color purple-and-white toilet paper. A 1948 sedan covered in gasoline-soaked mattresses was set afire. Nearly 50 people were arrested. Even President John F. Kennedy mentioned the Paschal prank during his fateful visit to Dallas. On Saturday, Paschal’s band will commemorate the prank with the Heights band and perform a neighborhood concert, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Have more to add? News tip? Tell us Fifty years after one of the most infamous events in Fort Worth history, its darkest secrets remain untold. That would be the Great Bonfire Incident of 1963, when police arrested 46 Paschal High School boys and alumni after a Hollywood-worthy land-and-air assault on an Arlington Heights High School spirit rally at Benbrook Lake.